Information Systems Security Officer/IA


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 Systems Security Professional.

Job Summary:

Provide information systems security support and systems administration for DoD and Non-DoD classified networks in the Air and Missile Defense Sector (AMDS). Networks range in complexity and size to include multi-platform computing (Linux, Windows, Solaris, VMWare), virtual environments, and mobile systems. Experience with NISPOM Chapter 8, DSS ODAA ISFO, DSS ODAA Baseline standards, and deployment of STIGs. Assemble and maintain security plan accreditation packages.


1. Information Systems (70%)

a. Understand, implement, and enforce the security policies and processes that are required by: the NISPOM, DSS ISFO Manual, Network Security Plans (NSPs), and DoD security plans.

b. Understand, implement, and enforce security policies and processes to maintain the with respect to: Removable Media Creation, Trusted Download, Safeguarding Classified Information, Classified Markings, Wireless Devices, and relevant System Security Plans (SSPs).

c. Perform Systems Administration for Linux operating systems.

d. Serve as the lead for Linux security configurations and interact with Laboratory and Government Approving Authorities for all inspections of these systems.

e. Utilize a variety of accredited security software tools to conduct vulnerability assessments, continuous monitoring scans, and those employed to maintain OS configurations.

f. Analyze security audits for non-standard events and media write control logs. Assist in investigations involving anomalies.

g. Validate domain hosts are patched in accordance with MSSP guidelines for OS patching and validation of anti-virus software and definition updates.

2. Administration (30%)

a. Maintain a working knowledge of Laboratory security policies and procedures and the requirements of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). Be knowledgeable of and enforce policies in the area of information systems security, including Laboratory and Government policies related to IT security.

b. Maintain and modify accreditation packages.

c. Assist with administrative processes related to User Accounts, Data Transfer Agents (DTA), Media Write Control, and Trusted Downloads (TD).

d. Mobile Systems – assist with administrative tasks necessary to prepare mobile systems for offsite relocations and tasks associated with systems upon return from offsite relocations.

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 Linux systems administrator and security lockdown of Linux systems in accordance with the DoD and/or Non-DoD security directives. Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of security awareness among IS users. 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 a SECRET Clearance.

Desired Qualifications:

BS degree in Computer Science, Management Information Systems, Computer Information Systems, or Information Assurance. Two or more years’ experience as a Linux/Unix systems administrator for CentOS, Red Hat, or Solaris. Experience as an ISSO/AISSO for multiple security plans to include multi-platform computing. Experience with Risk Management Framework and STIG deployment and analysis. Experience with LDAP, Active Directory, Splunk, Symantec AV, Puppet, and/or SaltStack.

Certifications: CISSP, MCSD, Security , CDSE, or related.

Active SECRET Clearance

Special Working Conditions:

Working in Closed Areas

Security: 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.

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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