Computer Security Engineer V

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Job ID: 11656

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Do you possess strong technical skills, along with excellent verbal and communications skills? We have a unique opportunity for an Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) within the Special Programs Group. In this role, you will provide oversight and accountability for securing classified information systems throughout the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


The ISSM in the Special Programs Group is challenged every single day with both traditional and non-traditional security issues. The work is diverse, requires respectful and thoughtful interpersonal skills, as well as, a proven ability to cultivate reciprocal relationships, inspire collaboration and promote cooperation. If this environment interests you and you have a desire to lead a critical security team while protecting National Security and helping JPL succeed in this arena, please apply.


  • Ensure the security of multiple classified environments and oversee the design, development, evaluation and ongoing accreditation of information systems.
  • Provide leadership, oversight, guidance and training for Information System Security Officers (ISSOs) and system administrators (SAs) and ensure compliance of all customer IS security requirements.
  • Coordinate and manage all aspects of the US Government Certification and Accreditation (C&A) / Assessment and Authorization (A&A) process, ensuring compliance with government and corporate security policies and procedures.
  • May support other security disciplines such as communications security (COMSEC), physical security, document control, personnel security, and security education.
  • Certifies to the sponsor, in writing, each Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirement has been properly implemented; the specified security controls are in place and properly tested; and the information system continues to function as described within the RMF accreditation package.
  • Assesses all changes to an information system that could affect the authorization.
  • Provides day-to-day operational oversight of the ISSOs.



  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with an active Top Secret (TS) clearance based upon Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) within 5 year scope and approved or previously approved for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) accesses.
  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 12 years of related experience; Master’s degree with a minimum of 10 years of related experience; or PhD with a minimum of 8 years related experience.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain IAM Level III (CISSP, CISM or GSLC) DoD 8570 certification within 6 months of employment
  • Experience implementing Risk Management Framework, NISPOM, ICD 503, ICD 703, JSIG, and/or ODAA Business Management System (OBMS) web-based system.
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, Department of Defense and other government agency processes and procedures.
  • Experience with any of the following security hardening, auditing, compliance, and assessment tools: SCAP, NESSUS, SNORT, Splunk.
  • Experience with security architectures, firewalls, network access and conducting system audits.
  • Be fully knowledgeable of and experienced in the A&A process for systems accredited under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM). 
  • Willingness to submit to a Counterintelligence polygraph.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with Security Repository Tools such as Telos Xacta IA Manager or Trusted Agent FISMA (TAF)
  • Experience and knowledge of using Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) tools including; Splunk ES to analyze relevant security events and alerts
  • Implement tools and techniques in support of Insider Threat Mitigation Program

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