Computer Security Engineer IV

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Job ID: 11040

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The Senior Cybersecurity Architect reports to the JPL Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), whose responsibilities include establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy, and Cybersecurity Program. The Senior Cybersecurity Architect has the responsibility and authority to design, modify, and review Cybersecurity architectures across business and mission systems, make risk assessment decisions on behalf of the CISO, set direction and provide guidance as it pertains to cybersecurity for business and mission objectives, continuously assess the effectiveness and efficiency of critical security controls in a strategic way, participate as a task lead in the Cyber Security Improvement Mission (CSIP), and to provide recommendations to the CISO to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of JPL’s information.

This role interfaces with senior management and mission engineers to facilitate solutions that implement and improve JPL’s Cybersecurity Program without jeopardizing the fulfillment of business and mission objectives.


  • Provide feedback and evaluation of system and architecture designs to meet JPL cybersecurity requirements
  • Synthesize the cybersecurity and functional needs of missions to identify areas of improvement to the JPL Cybersecurity Program that facilitate mission objectives
  • Engage with JPL missions throughout the mission life cycle to effectively implement JPL’s Cybersecurity Program, identify and reduce risk, and ensure success of mission objectives
  • Lead the Cybersecurity Program in finding creative security solutions to enable the use of new and emerging technologies such as cloud computing
  • Contribute to a framework for managing cybersecurity risk that aligns with JPL strategic objectives
  • Modernization of cybersecurity requirements, processes, and procedures to accommodate the changing threat and technology landscape
  • Improve situational awareness and visibility into mission network assets as a member of the CSIP team
  • Evaluate the security impact of changes to information system configurations
  • Work with mission engineers and management to ensure that cybersecurity is incorporated into mission architectures to meet JPL’s Cybersecurity Program objectives



  • Successful candidates typically have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Mathematics with 9 years of related experience, Master’s with 7 years of related experience, or a PhD with 5 years of related experience.
  • Deep Knowledge of Cybersecurity principles (ie. Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability)
  • Understanding of NIST Special Publications (SP) 800 series and Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS).
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to present complex cybersecurity topics to large groups and executives in a clear and understandable manner.
  • Hands on experience engineering Cybersecurity solutions across multiple technology areas and disciplines (ie. ICAM, encryption, network protection technology, defense in depth, etc.)
  • Experience using modern scripting languages (ie. Go, Python, node.js, etc.)
  • Experience developing configuration requirements for Linux, MacOS, and Windows based operating systems
  • Experience designing, configuring, and secure operational use of cloud services such as AWS, Azure, OpenStack, and Google Compute Cloud
  • Using visualization tools to portray complex data and relationships.
  • Knowledge of secure coding practices.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and able to build cross-organizational relationships while
  • Experience enabling mission/product success while ensuring security recommendations, design principals, and goals are met
  • Experience in conducting risk assessments for distributed, complex systems.
  • Recent experience working in research and development environment.

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