Field Office ISSM - RD

Albuquerque, NM 87102

Project/Unit Description


Job Purpose

ISSM is a contractually recognized role described in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual. Oversee the development, implementation, and evaluation of the GTRI Information Systems Program, including insider threat awareness, for facility management, Information Systems personnel, users, and others, as appropriate. Develop, document, and monitor compliance with and reporting of the GTRI Information Security program in accordance with Cognizant Security Agency (CSA)-provided guidelines for management, operational, and technical controls. Conduct self-inspections and implement corrective actions for all identified findings and vulnerabilities. Serve as the principal advisor on all matters, technical and otherwise, involving the security of classified systems at GTRI. Coordinate and manage GTRI activities related to classified information systems requirements, assessment and authorization of classified information, classified information systems configuration management, and project management for the life cycle of classified information systems. Advise GTRI senior management and execute GTRIs overall strategy for enterprise classified networks and systems to support GTRIs current and future contractual requirements. Research policies and regulations, interact with various agencies and levels of management, and contribute to establishing and maintaining accredited information systems to support GTRI contracts with the U.S. Government. Research system vulnerabilities and threats to stay on top of the continuous threat against accredited information systems and networks.

The Field Office ISSM is also the Assistant Facility Security Officer (AFSO) to assist the full-time Facility Security Officer (FSO) to ensure compliance with governmental regulations within the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), Intelligence Community Directives (ICD), Department of Defense (DoD) 5205.07, Volumes 1-4 and National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Policy Manual 3-16 and other regulations related to safeguarding and processing of classified information. Familiarize and execute requirements within the NISPOM incorporating Change 2, for the management of Personnel Security, Physical and Environmental protection, Incident Handling, and Security Training and Awareness.


Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and manage the GTRI FO activities related to classified information systems requirements, assessment and authorization of classified information, classified information systems configuration management, and project management for the life cycle of classified information systems.
  • Develop, maintain, and oversee policies, processes and procedures for the classified Information Systems (IS) security program for the Field Office
  • Responsible for analyzing network security systems and/or information systems. Safeguard networks against unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure.
  • Research, evaluate, design, test, recommend, communicate, and implement new security software or devices.
    Implement, enforce, communicate, and develop network or other information security policies or security plans for data, software applications, hardware, telecommunications, and computer installations.
  • Interpret, research, and formalize Cyber Security policies, concepts, and measures when designing, procuring, adopting, and developing new IS to ensure compliance with Government policies, guidance, and orders.
  • Research and advise Information Technology (IT) staff of technical security safeguards and operational security measures and provide technical support in implementing security controls.
  • Define system security requirements, design system security architecture and develop detailed security designs.
    Manage system security requirements for GTRIs accredited information systems and assure continuous system compliance.
  • Establish strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and supports obtaining certification and accreditation of systems.
  • This includes process support, analysis support, coordination support, security certification test support, security documentation support, investigations, software research, hardware introduction and release, emerging technology research inspections and periodic audits.
  • Responsible maintaining operational security posture for systems by enforcing established security policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Work with Government security cognizant agencies to identify and manage security findings, risks and mitigations in Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M). Perform continuous monitoring activities including system security audits and vulnerability scanning and remediation. Periodically conduct of a review of each system's audits and monitor corrective actions until all actions are closed.
  • Ensure Configuration Management (CM) of all associated software, hardware, and security relevant functions
  • Lead incident response process to include document and report to appropriate authority
  • Research system vulnerabilities and threats to stay on top of the continuous threat against accredited systems
  • Prepare for and participate in self-inspection and Government security vulnerability assessments.
  • Serve as secondary point of contact for all industrial security concerns.
  • Assist FSO to manage and support the GTRI Field Office classified security programs.
  • Assist FSO to develop and administer security education, training, and awareness programs for both cleared and non-cleared personnel.
  • Assist FSO to maintain visitor control program

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • US Citizenship. Must be able to obtain or have a current TS/SCI clearance
  • Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Assurance, Information Security or related fields.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain CISSP, Security+ and/or other applicable certifications within six months of hire in compliance with DoD Directive 8140/8570, IAM Level II/III baseline certification requirements.
  • Have experience with JSIG, RMF, ICD 503, NIST 800, NISPOM and DAAPM
  • Experience with information systems Incident Response Team
  • Experience identifying system vulnerabilities and implementing mitigation strategies.

Preferred Qualifications

  • An active TS/SCI security clearance
  • IAM Level III compliance with CISSP
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills at all levels of an organization
  • Experience in an environment and culture steeped in teamwork and collaboration working on challenging technical projects
  • Experience working with XACTA/eMASS

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section 3.2.1 of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook

  • 0 years of related experience with a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Assurance, Information Security or related fields.

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.

Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institutes mission of solving the worlds most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.


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Field Office ISSM - RD

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Albuquerque, NM 87102

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