Facility Security Officer (FSO/CSSO)

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission: protecting our way of life in the digital age by preventing successful cyberattacks. It’s not a small goal. It isn’t simple either, but we aren’t in this for the easy answer. As a company with a foundation in challenging the way things are done, we’re looking for innovators with a dedication to THE best. In return, your career will have a tangible impact - one that's working toward technology that affects every level of society.

Our mission doesn’t happen by treading softly.  It happens by defining an industry. It means building products that haven't been thought of. It means selling products with a solutions mindset. It means supporting the infrastructure of a company that moves at an incredible speed…intentionally…to stay ahead of the world’s next cyberthreat.

Your Career 

We are seeking a Facility Security Officer/ Contractor Special Security Officer to join the Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) function of our Information Security team. You will join a team of experienced, out-of-the-box thinkers that deliver real security results. Your primary focus will be  supporting our Federal subsidiary and ensuring our continued NISPOM compliance with US Government contracts, including management of programs and data that support cleared personnel and US Government classified information.  This position is located in the Reston, Virginia office.

Your Impact 

  • Provides advice and oversight to Palo Alto Networks in their NISPOM implementation and compliance
  • FSO/CSSO duties and responsibilities apply to this position, including, but not limited to, all aspects of classified contract management, processing clearances/accesses, audit/self inspection, visit requests, and briefings/debriefings
  • Proven ability to establish successful relationships with partner, integrator and Government Customer security personnel 
  • Development and management of effective security awareness products (foreign travel and OPSEC briefings, program brief/debrief, etc.) 
  • Build and cultivate positive working relationships with internal customers such as Federal Sales, Information Security, Human Resources, Legal, Safety and Security
  • Lead Federal security violation and incident investigation activities
  • Acts as primary liaison with outside agencies. Interfaces with government inspectors on a regular basis. Responds quickly and effectively implementing corrective action, as required.
  • Contribute to other Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) programs, as needed, such as completion of RFP/RFI responses, customer questionnaires and/or audit support for SOC2.

Your Experience

  • Minimum clearance requirement: Active Top Secret Clearance, as a condition of employment, must be able to achieve TS/SCI access with successful polygraph
  • Senior FSO experience, successfully developing, implementing, managing security requirements in support of the NISPOM and ICDs
  • Strong knowledge of NISPOM, ICDs, DoD Manuals and other Government directives/policies with proven history of an effective security program
  • Experience with the Department of Defense databases and tools: JPAS, DISS, NISS, etc. 
  • Must possess excellent speaking, writing, organizational and customer service skills. 
  • Proven ability to build and foster positive, long-term relationships with internal stakeholders outside of core team
  • Demonstrated knowledge of a broad range of technical concepts such as physical access control, logical access control, data handling, information security, contract management and privacy
  • Bachelor’s degree from four-year college or university; or equivalent training, education, and experience in information / cyber security, computer systems, IT, etc.
  • Industry-recognized certification(s) such as Industrial Security Professional (ISP), Security Fundamentals Professional Certification (SFPC), CompTIA Security+ desired.
  • FSO Certification required
  • Experience with SIMS is preferred
  • Some travel within the continental United States will be required. 


  • Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university; or equivalent training, education, and experience in information / cyber security, computer systems, IT, etc.

The Team

Think about it, security for an information security company. Working at a high-tech cybersecurity company within the Information Security team is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You’ll be joined with the brightest minds in technology, our global teams on the front line of defense against cyberattacks. We’re joined by one mission – but driven by the impact of that mission and what it means to protect our way of life in the digital age. Join a dynamic and fast-paced team that feels excitement at the prospect of a challenge and feels a thrill at resolving security gaps that inhibit our privacy.

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together. To learn more about our culture and dedication to inclusion and innovation, visit our careers page.

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

Additionally, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at accommodations@paloaltonetworks.com.

Learn more about the amazing work experience at Palo Alto Networks here! 


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