Information System Security Officer (ISSO)

Introduction: The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC is seeking an Information System Security Officer (ISSO).

Job Summary: Provide oversight and information assurance for the validity and accuracy of the Force Projection Sector's GENSER closed areas and classified computing resources.


  • Ensure the proper assessment and implementation of approved security practices and procedures related to information systems security. This includes the validation of audit data, the installation of all relevant updates, proper addition of hardware and security relevant software, and the associated log entries. (50%)
  • Collaborate with KIT System Administrators on the managed implementation of NISPOM, ODAA, RMF, STIG, and APL security measures and requirements. This collaboration includes oversight as well as cooperation to ensure that security measures do not interfere with program deadlines and deliverables. (20%)
  • Collaborate with SECD and CISSO on the crafting of Sector and APL wide security policies with the goal of maintaining a proactive security posture while managing the functionality and cost of classified computing. (10%)
  • Management of KIT's classified laptop loaner pool. Duties include managing the request queue and performing ISSO functions. (10%)
  • Other duties as assigned. (10%)

Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.

Required Qualifications: BS in Information Technology field or combination of equivalent level of relevant experience and education in the information technology domain area. Comprehensive experience with closed areas and NISPOM/Industrial Security Standards/ODAA classified systems security practices and procedures. Strong interpersonal and oral/written communications skills. Demonstrated ability to independently analyze and identify cost-effective solutions for addressing use of existing and future classified computing resources. Current DoD 8570certification (Security or CISSP), or ability to obtain DoD 8570 certificationwithin 6 months of employment required

Desired Qualifications: MS Degree in information technology field. Prior Line and/or Project Management experience. RMF and STIG implementation and maintenance experience.

Special Working Conditions: Occasional travel to field sites on board Navy or research vessels to install/deinstall field test computer equipment.

Security: Top Secret Clearance is required. Applicants selected will be subject to a Government security investigation and must meet the eligibility requirements for access to classified information up to the Top Secret level. Eligibility requirements include US citizenship.

Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at

Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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