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Cyber Security Systems Engineer SME
Arlington, VA

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Job Description


The Cyber Security Systems Engineer Subject Matter Expert (SME) provides support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Program Support Center (PSC), Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), Information Technology (IT) Division. This position supports Cybersecurity system changes, threat identification and response as well as security advisory services.



Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.

Reviews system changes for security implications and recommends improvements.

Understands cyber security methodologies.

Uses proficient knowledge in Java, Net, C++, Python, bash, power shell.

Relies on engineer technology capabilities and trends; types, and techniques to monitor for and prevent hacking attacks in the wild.

Engineers the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) model and renowned ports and services. Uses advantage Engineer Significant low-level networking experience with the TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) stack.

Identifies and engineers potential security-related certifications.

Provides continuous active monitoring of systems across several locations.

Provides analysis and trending of security log data from a large number of heterogeneous security devices.

Provides threat and vulnerability analysis as well as security advisory services.

Provides Incident Response (IR) support when analysis confirms actionable incident.

Identifies possible malware risks and help resolve any current system infections.

Writes reports based on findings for previous security breaches and threats.

Investigates, documents, and reports on information security issues and emerging trends.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to any training made available by the company.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor's instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.


Bachelor's degree in a related field of study and a minimum of eight (8) years' relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education / experience. Prior Security Operations Center experience is preferred. Veteran enterprise-level security strategic planning experience preferred. Expert knowledge of DoD (Department of Defense) 8500 series Risk Management Framework (RMF) processes preferred.

Demonstrated skills and experience in at least 8 of the following 15 areas of expertise:

(1) Current Microsoft server and workstation OS security configurations

(2) Current Red Hat Linux Enterprise OS security configurations

(3) Current Unix OS security configurations

(4) Current Microsoft server and desktop application security

(5) VMWare security

(6) Database security (e.g. Oracle, MS SQL, and MS Access)

(7) Border device security (e.g. firewall, VLANs, IP Sub-Netting, Ports, and Protocols)

(8) Encryption standards

(9) Vulnerability scanning using approved DoD scanner

(10) Application code scanning with Fortify or other industry standard product

(11) HBSS monitoring

(12) Auditing (e.g. system accounts, security logs, system and network anomalies)

(13) Working knowledge of DoD Components

(14) Metrics - capture and documentation

(15) Technical writing - technical documents and user training materials


Active IAM-II certification through one of the following certifications:

Certified Authorization Professional - CAP

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner - CASP+

Certified Information Security Manager - CISM

Certified Information Systems Security Professional - CISSP or CISSP Associate

GIAC Security Leadership Certification - GSLC

EC-Council's Certified CISO program cert - CCISO



Knowledge with the MS Office Suite applications of Outlook, Word, Access, PowerPoint and Excel to perform data evaluation, formulas, and analytics

Specialized knowledge and advanced skills in the policies, concepts, practices and procedures of security incident management, threat intelligence and continuous monitoring

Knowledgeable of security-related processes with respect to Federal risk and compliance regulations best practices

Ability to write reports based on findings for previous security breaches and threats

Ability to read, analyze, develop and interpret common information systems security documents

Excellent critical thinking skills with ability to identify, analyze and resolve problems / complex issues

Excellent verbal and written communications skills with ability to prepare quality reports and effectively communicate / interact with a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences (i.e., customers, team members, management and federal staff)

Exceptional customer service skills with ability to respond to requests in a professional, helpful and timely manner

Highly organized with ability to effectively manage multiple projects and priorities

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to learn and apply new knowledge and techniques related to incident response and continuous monitoring capabilities

Ability to effectively work both independently and in a team environment for the successful achievement of goals


Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer, and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.


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