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System Security Engineer at The Aerospace Corporation (Washington DC)

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The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.
At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.
We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Click here for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe.
Come join the Aerospace team of system security engineers in the Cyber Engineering Department. Make an impact providing leadership, guidance, and advice to the US Government Space Enterprise in developing and evaluating cybersecurity and information, communication, telecommunication (ICT) and supply chain risk management (SCRM) solutions. We focus on cybersecurity, resiliency, compliance, and managing risk in the space system software- and systems- development life-cycle activities.
This position is a hybrid work model and will sit partially remote with some onsite work required in El Segundo, CA or Chantilly, VA.
What You'll Be Doing
  • Provide security systems engineering assistance to Aerospace Program Offices in support of government customers
  • Attend system development milestone and technical exchange meetings.
  • Participate in risk management activities to ensure cybersecurity risks are evaluated, and mitigations are applied in accordance with security directives.
  • Review, evaluate, and develop, protection profiles, evaluation methodologies policies, and testable requirements.
  • Perform IT product assessments and demonstrations
  • Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned as needed
  • Identify opportunities for expanding Aerospace service delivery.
  • The location for this role can be in Chantilly, VA or El Segundo, CA.

This position can be filled as a Sr. Member of Technical Staff (Sr. MTS) or Engineering Specialist.
What You Need to be Successful
Minimum Requirements for System Security Engineer (Sr. MTS):
  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited program in Computer Science, Computer engineering, Electrical Engineering, etc., or other technical discipline.
  • 5 or more years of experience in IT network or product design, architecture, operations, maintenance, and sustainment or engineering.
  • 5 or more years of software assurance or cloud computing.
  • Experience working with the NIST Risk Management Framework and implementing security controls
  • Demonstrate strong written and oral communications and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Energetic, self-motivated and able to work independently or in a distributed team environment
  • Willing to travel local, CONUS, and OCONUS approx. 15%.
  • This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

Minimum Requirements for System Security Engineer (Engineering Specialist):
  • All of the above requirements for Sr. MTS
  • 8 or more years of experience in IT network or product design, architecture, operations, maintenance, and sustainment or engineering.
  • 8 or more years of software assurance and/or cloud computing

How You Can Stand Out
It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Advanced degree from an accredited program in Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, etc.
  • Familiarity with network and software cybersecurity diagnostic tools
  • Familiarity with cloud computing, 5G wireless, Artificial Intelligence (AI), or Machine Learning (ML) technologies
  • Industry recognized Project Management and Cybersecurity experience and certifications
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance

Ways We Reward Our Employees
During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.
Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.
Equal Opportunity Commitment
The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you're an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at [email protected] You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.
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