Senior IT Security Engineer I (JPSS Mission Support Team) - Military veterans preferred

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  full-time   employee

United States

The Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program is developing the next-generation weather satellite system and operating the current weather satellite constellation to provide decision quality weather data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the nation’s weather data users. Raytheon is developing, deploying, and sustaining the JPSS Command, Control, and Communications Segment (C3S), the Interface Data Processing Segment (IDPS), and the Field Terminal Segment (FTS).

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The JPSS Mission Support Team is seeking an IT Security Engineer. The position is located at the NOAA Satellite Operations Facility (NSOF) in Suitland, Maryland, and Raytheon’s facility at Riverdale, Maryland.

The IT Security Engineer will work operational security activities for the ground system including execution of recurring security maintenance and compliance functions across a widely dispersed ground system. The individual reports to the JPSS Security Lead and work in a matrixed organization.

Thought normal work hours are nominally weekdays 8AM—5PM, this position has a recurring scheduled on-call during non-working hours requirement spread across the team. Additionally, the successful candidate must be able to work occasional off-hour and weekend shifts needed to support ongoing operations such as system anomaly restoral, or preparation for satellite launch.

Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Support installation, configuration, and use of security solutions including security assessment scanning (Nessus), anti-malware protection (McAfee/Symantec), security information & event management (SIEM, e.g., QRadar), patch/security control implementation via automated tools like IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager (TEM)/BigFix, data integrity (Tripwire), and Cisco/McAfee network device management (console &/or NetMRI).
  • Submit, manage, and obtain approval of change requests through engineering change management boards. Review and assess Engineering Change Requests (ECR).
  • Coordinate changes effectively in a fast-paced work environment.
  • Execute recurring security maintenance and compliance functions across widely dispersed ground systems.
  • Patch systems.
  • Recommend operational security approach for ongoing compliance activities including vulnerability scanning, compliance audits, recurring security configuration checks, and overall Certification and Accreditation (C&A) readiness.
  • Identify, evaluate, and remediate vulnerabilities with work-offs to closure of security findings.
  • Supporting contingencies and incident response plans and exercises, in concert with the Mission Operations team.
  • Interface with the government on operational security issues.
  • Perform other tasks assigned by JPSS Security Lead or MST Lead.

Travel is required inside and outside of Continental United States but less than 15%.

Security Clearance:
Individual must be able to pass a government Common Access Card (CAC) background national agency check.

Required Skills:
Four or more years of experience with security and C&A functions associated with space ground systems. Individual must have Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or commensurate professional certification.

Experience in all facets of security operations:
  • System protection.
  • Scanning and auditing.
  • Recurring security configuration checks and management.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Contingency/incident response.
  • Security sustainment of a large ground system.

Experience in:
  • Working with government customers.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Microsoft Office suite.
  • Manage time/priorities to meet deadlines.

Hands-on experience administering & using at least one of the following:
  • Nessus Security Center/ACAS
  • McAfee ePO
  • Certificate managements systems (Axway)
  • Tripwire
  • IBM Big Fix/Tivoli Endpoint Manager (TEM)
  • NetMRI
  • Symantec
  • QRadar

Desired Skills:
Ability to establish and maintain good working relationship with all levels of an organization, including customers, engineering, IPT, supporting functional organizations.

Experience in preparing proposals, estimates, technical documents, and other contract deliverable items.

Network administration/engineering skills on Cisco Nexus, Catalyst, ASA, & Access Control System (ACS) devices; McAfee firewalls.

Systems administrator experience (Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux). COTS and FOSS patch management/deployment experience.

Experience in preparing customer and/or management level briefings.

Required Education:
Bachelors Degree in Engineering, Technology, Science, or Mathematics (Preferred specialization in Computer Science or Information Security) and 4 years of relevant experience,


12 years of relevant experience in lieu of a degree. 137011

Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.