Linux Cybersecurity Engineer/Information Assurance


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

Job Summary:

Information Assurance and Systems Administration support for complex multi-platform classified networks. Responsible for the deployment and enforcement of system security standards in accordance with FISMA, NIST, RMF, NISPOM, DSS ODAA, and related DoD publications. The individual will serve as the information systems security plan lead and collaborate with a team of network engineers and security professionals to implement technical solutions to maintain network security compliance. The individual will perform Systems Administration for Linux servers, OS patching, conduct security audits, vulnerability audits, and partake in mitigation solutions. The individual will manage and maintain all information systems security package documentation to DoD/DSS standards.

1. Perform systems administration for Linux operating systems to include the installation, configuration, and testing of systems in accordance with DoD and DSS guidelines for OS hardening, OS patching, auditing, and security compliance. Oversee and enforce appropriate configuration management for Domain networked devices.

2. Serve as the Linux Information Assurance Lead for the section - implement and monitor technical security solutions for the continued protection of computer systems and networks. Experience with security-related software such as Open SCAP, Ansible, STIGS, STIG Viewer, ACAS, HBSS, and related.

3. Conduct vulnerability assessments and continuous monitoring of operational and technical security controls employed by secure networks consisting of Linux and Windows operating systems. Collaborate with network engineers on technical solutions for risk mitigation

4. Maintain a working knowledge of Government and Laboratory security policies and procedures and the requirements of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST 800-53), DSS Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM), DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) and Risk Management Framework (RMF).

5. Plan, develop, document, and execute information systems security plans transition to RMF. Develop and maintain POA&M's, Information Assurance Vulnerability Management Plan, network diagrams, and related IT plan documentation.

6. Serve as a member of the Configuration Control Board in the review and approval of changes to network security.

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 Cyber Security, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Information Assurance, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, or a comparable field with equivalent years of experience.

•Minimum five years' experience as a Linux Systems Administrator (Red Hat, CENTOS)
•Must be able to obtain the required certifications in accordance with DoD 8570/8140 within 6 months of hire.
•Experience with DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP)
•Experience in the lockdown of a variety of Linux-based client and server Operating Systems
•Experience with DISA STIGS, STIG viewer, SCAP, and like tools
•Demonstrated ability to maintain a high level of security awareness among IT users.
•Strong interpersonal and documentation skills.
•Ability to work independently with minimal guidance as well as a collaborative environment.
•Must have Secret Clearance.

Desired Qualifications: MS degree in Cyber Security, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Information Technology, Information Assurance, Systems Engineering, Mathematics or a comparable field of study.
•Three or more years as an ISSO, Information Assurance, or Cyber security professional.
•Experience with Sun Solaris
•Experience with Virtual Computing Environments
•Experience with Risk Management Framework (RMF)

Special Working Conditions: Must be able to perform moderate lifting to move computer and network equipment. Some work outside normal working hours and on weekends must be performed for operations and maintenance.

Security: Must be able to obtain a DoD Secret clearance. 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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