Information System Security Officer (ISSO)


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), a national leader in scientific research and development, is located midway between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

Job Summary:

Serve as an Information System Security Officer supporting DoD and Non-DoD classified networks and facilities in the Asymmetric Operations Sector.

Duties (Listed in order of importance with the estimated amount of time spent at each task):

  • Security Administration (20%)

a. Maintain a working knowledge of Laboratory security policies and procedures and the requirements of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). Serve as the Facility Manager for multiple AOS closed areas. (10%)

b. Assist in the investigation of incidents that occur on the IS or in the facilities. Participate in the preparations for, and assist with, internally and externally led inspections. Take timely and appropriate actions to correct and document any issues or findings. (10%)

2. Information System (IS) Oversight (80%)

a. Understand, implement, analyze, and enforce the security policies and processes that are required by: the NISPOM, DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual, Government security plans, APL’s Master System Security Plans (MSSPs), Network Security Plans (NSPs), and other APL security guidance for multiple IS. Perform and analyze IS and associated audit logs for non-standard events. Perform visual and automated vulnerability assessments of Operating Systems through the use of accredited tools such as SCAP. Validate that technical setting deviations are approved for the IS or take actions to mitigate. (40%)

b. Develop and maintain System Security Plans (SSP), network and system diagrams, and other applicable Information System (IS) documentation. Provide required user training, manage, validate, and track documentation with respect to User Accounts, Data Transfer Agents (DTA), and Trusted Downloads (TD). (20%)

c. Collaborate with QBO Systems Administrators and assist with technical configurations to ensure security compliance on multiple IS. (15%)

d. Other duties as assigned. (5%)

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 degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, Information Assurance, or comparable field with equivalent working experience. Current working knowledge and a minimum of (1) year experience as a classified systems administrator or ISSO in accordance with the DoD and/or Non-DoD security directives. Demonstrated ability to communicate security policy, procedure, and awareness among IS and closed area user community. Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, ability to work in a team environment or independently. Strong interpersonal, reporting, and documentation skills are essential. Ability to obtain and maintain a security certification in accordance with DoD 8570.01-M. Examples of qualifying certifications include Security , CISSP, CASP, or similar. Active SECRET clearance or higher.

Desired Qualifications:

Two or more years’ experience as a classified systems administrator or ISSO/AISSO for multiple security plans to include multi-platform computing. Experience with Risk Management Framework and STIG deployment and analysis. Experience with Splunk or other log reduction tools and/or WSUS or other patch deployment tools.Certifications: Security , CISSP, CASP, or similar.

Special Working Conditions: Working in Closed Areas.

Security: A secret clearance or higher is required. Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. 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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