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Principal/Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer

Company: Northrop Grumman
Location: Huntsville
Posted on: August 16, 2019

Job Description:

How do cyber terrorists get past the industries best? They don't. There are too many cyber professionals fighting virtual threats, protecting enterprises and entire countries from large-scale attacks. From creating a citywide wireless network for our first responders, to protecting our nation from cyber threats, to building software-defined radios that change how our military communications, our Information Systems team helps life run smoothly and safely.

Roles and Responsibilities:

The qualified applicant will become part of Northrop Grumman's Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Communication Network (GCN) Development team. The team develops infrastructure solutions that meet customer requirements and ensures compliance with DoD directives such as 8510.01 and NIST 800-53 (RMF) to include the tactical system and development environment.

The Principal Cyber Systems Engineer will provide support for the development team in designing, implementing, and integrating Microsoft Windows Server platforms into virtualized environments, with specific focus on Microsoft RDS, Active Directory, WSUS Patching, and PowerShell Automation. Role will require the implementation and maintenance for RMF compliance, and in the development and interpretation of cybersecurity requirements as part of the Information Technology (IT) acquisition development process and assisting with the formulation of cybersecurity/IT budgets. This position is not limited to, but intended to focus in the area of Windows system design and Tactical/Enterprise hardening of infrastructure components.

Cyber process / policy documentation will be generated and / or modified in this position. Customer interaction and/or presentation may also be required. Therefore good written and/or verbal communication skills are very important for this team.

The primary responsibilities of this position includes working as part of a team to: Analyze, estimate, validate and report to all levels from peers to senior decision makers on the design of Windows Server platforms. This position will perform and/or evaluating vulnerability assessments on server components/systems utilizing approved government provided configuration guides (STIGs). The candidate must interface with: system architecture design teams (with an emphasis on program network architect interaction) to provide feedback on system requirements; operations and support organizations to coordinate and perform regular cyber assessments. The performance of these tasks will identify deficiencies as well as potential improvements to the existing GCN design and its ability to integrate with other GMD components. This position has the potential for opportunities to participate in projects concerning one or more of the following areas: Software Assurance, Site Assessments, Program Protection Planning (PPP), and/or cyber system trade studies for various system architectures.
As a full-time employee of Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, you are eligible for our robust benefits package including:

Medical, Dental & Vision coverage


Educational Assistance

Life Insurance

Employee Assistance Programs & Work/Life Solutions

Paid Time Off

Health & Wellness Resources

Employee Discounts

This position's standard work schedule is a 9/80. The 9/80 schedule allows employees who work a nine-hour day Monday through Thursday to take every other Friday off.
This requisition may be filled at a higher grade based on qualifications listed below.


Basic Qualifications:

  • This position may be filled at either a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer or Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer level.

    • BQs for a Principal Cyber Systems Engineer: requires 5 years experience with Bachelors; 3 Years with Masters; 0 Years with PhD; 4 additional years of experience in lieu of a degree.
    • BQs for a Sr. Principal Cyber Systems Engineer: Bachelor's degree and 9 years of relevant experience; or 7 Years with Masters; or 4 Years with PhD. An additional 4 years of experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.

    • Active Secret clearance
    • This task requires technical knowledge/experience in Windows Server 2016 and Windows Authentication (Active Directory).
    • Ability to obtain DoD 8570 baseline certification for an IAT Level II (COMPTIA Security+ for example would be ideal here) within six (6) months of hire
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills

      Preferred Qualifications:

      • Missile Defense experience
      • DoD 8570 baseline certification for an IAT Level III (CCNP Security for example would be ideal here)
      • Server Hardening and Vulnerability Management experience
      • Experience performing security audits (reviewing network security log files / configuration files for anomalies)
      • Knowledge of the Systems Engineering Life Cycle
      • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate (both verbally and in writing) with team members, managers, and customers on complex and difficult engineering/software issues pertaining to assigned tasks

        Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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