Assessment & Authorization Engineer - Military veterans preferred

General Dynamics Mission Systems (


  full-time   employee

San Antonio
United States

Basic Qualifications
Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering, a related specialized area or field is required (or equivalent experience) plus a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience; or Master's degree plus a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience.

The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal and organizational skills required to coordinate with the program and government staff.
Must have:
Strong communications background (written, spoken)
Must be able to effectively work in high demanding and dynamic situations based on company/customer needs
Experience presenting technical concepts to a variety of audiences
Knowledge of government IT security requirements and processes including Risk Management Framework (RMF)
Must be able to prepare, analyze and present a variety of security reports and/or metrics
Must be able to assist the customer and or staff with technical issues related to security products
Hands-on LINUX OS experience is essential
The successful applicant must have previous experience in testing, evaluating, and preparing systems for security certification under ICD 503, NIST 800-53, and DCID 6/3 and must possess a constant understanding and awareness of IT security requirements especially in regards to DoD, IC, and organizational security mandates, policies and regulations
Must be able to travel 20% of the time
Must meet DoDD 8570.1 certification requirements for IAM-II (CISSP certification is preferred)
Must be able to obtain CEH certification
This position requires an active TS/SCI security clearance. Must be willing and able to obtain a polygraph within a reasonable amount of time after hire, with acceptable timing determined by manager. Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Due to the nature of work performed within our facilities, U.S. citizenship is required.
Responsibilities for this Position
General Dynamics Mission Systems has an immediate opening for an Assessment and Authorization Engineer in the San Antonio, TX area. This position provides an opportunity to further advance the cutting-edge technology that supports some of our nation’s core defense/intelligence services and systems. General Dynamics Mission Systems employees work closely with esteemed customers to develop solutions that allow them to carry out high-stakes national security missions.
Participate in and/or lead national level A&A activities
Assist with IA Security strategies and execution of products/programs requirements on demand or as needed
Maintain and deliver systems that can be assessed and authorized in accordance with DoD security requirements and the Risk Management Framework processes
Provide system A&A support and services including conducting initial certification tasks and periodic hands-on review of security configurations
Ensure government’s security requirements are met, complying with applicable DoD policies and meet all security IA service requirements to protect Government’s Information Systems (IS)
Maintain an active repository of security accreditation baseline documentation that will can be used for product certifications, standards, audits etc…
Participate, develop, present etc… in industry or government security processes, standards, meetings, conferences, etc… directly affecting or the potential new direction of security direction within the government or related industry.
Analyze, troubleshoot, and investigate security-related, information system anomalies based on security platform reporting, network traffic, log files, host-based and automated security alerts
Effectively navigate the LINUX operating system via the command line utility
Create security documentation for the use of National Level accreditation activities
Conduct and manage continuous monitoring activities to validate network configuration post accreditation and report/correct findings
Author policies and procedures based on customer security standards and specific community requirements
Perform detailed, in depth Linux command line audit analysis as required
Maintain, configure, and analyze network and host-based security platforms
Conduct vulnerability scanning and analysis of systems and tools
Verify file and system integrity and software
Monitor firewall and network access controls lists
Monitor web and E-mail proxy and filtering systems
Evaluate systems using vulnerability scanners and manual techniques to verify system security settings and configurations
Provide reoccurring reports for network and host-based security solutions
Participate in continuous improvement processes
Maintain and update relevant system and process documentation and develop ad-hoc reports as needed
Assist in the development of security tools, trials, evaluations, and security operation procedures and processes
Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with all team members
Provide off-hours support on an infrequent, but as needed basis
Successfully manage time and technical responsibilities, set accurate expectations and meet deliverable deadlines while working in a team and information sharing environment
Conduct briefings and provide metrics as required by executive management
Prepare presentations and provide a level of technical detail as required
Review, analyze, investigate cross domain audits
Use command-line level activities to configure, troubleshoot, analyze and navigate system level actions
Assign access level and/or privileges based on user’s need to know
Enforce Enterprise level established security policies
Validate Cross Domain profiles against site security levels of processing
Develop Cross Domain security policies and procedures
Create Insider Threat reports showing statistical privileged use data
Generate incident reporting documentation
Primary interfaces are Government Program Manager, Operational Team Leads, internal customers, external customers, suppliers
Establish and maintain a strong working relationship with all team members and across all teams
Company Overview
General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) engineers a diverse portfolio of high technology solutions, products and services that enable customers to successfully execute missions across all domains of operation. With a global team of 13,000+ top professionals, we partner with the best in industry to expand the bounds of innovation in the defense and scientific arenas. Given the nature of our work and who we are, we value trust, honesty, alignment and transparency. We offer highly competitive benefits and pride ourselves in being a great place to work with a shared sense of purpose. You will also enjoy a flexible work environment where contributions are recognized and rewarded. If who we are and what we do resonates with you, we invite you to join our high performance team!
General Dynamics is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that is committed to hiring a diverse and talented workforce. EOE/Disability/Veteran