Principal Security Architect - CIPHER

Atlanta, GA
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Principal Security Architect - CIPHER

ID: 494615
Type: Researchers
Location: Atlanta, GA
Categories: Countermeasures, Information Technology, Networking, Project/Program Management, System Engineering, Testing

Job Description

Georgia Tech Research Institute's Cybersecurity, Information Protection, and Hardware Evaluation Research (CIPHER) Laboratory is currently seeking seasoned information security researcher with 6+ years of experience whose primary skills will be in designing and accrediting secure systems for on-going and new research. Candidates must enjoy working with open source software and cutting edge technologies while focusing on the security of the system. Candidates will contribute to sponsored research projects and have an opportunity to interact with other scientists and engineers.

Researchers will also be expected to lead projects/efforts, mentor junior engineers, and participate in writing proposals, white papers, reports, and technical papers. Occasional travel to support meetings, reviews, and system deployments is possible.

The Javelin Program Office is seeking a cleared, motivated, and experienced cybersecurity professional to serve as the Principal Security Architect on a DoD IT program. This position is a member of the program’s senior leadership council and reports directly the Project Chief.

Job Responsibilities may include:

  • Serve as an internal systems security subject matter expert to the organization via various risk management functions
  • Maintain personal and management awareness of emerging industry security technologies, technology issues, regulatory issues, and practices
  • Develop and recommend security designs and frameworks for technology systems by defining process and architecture for creating and accrediting secure information systems
  • Provide technical leadership to development teams at internal and external gate reviews such as technical baseline reviews and design reviews
  • Lead the direction of information security through the development of an information security strategy and implementation that addresses the threats to customer systems
  • Define information security controls and patterns that support risk assessments and support the development of secure architectures
  • Collaborate with partner and client teams to drive the product roadmaps for security tools, by providing security requirements, practices and methods that help to map security controls / patterns to product features
  • Lead NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements, development, and implementation activities
  • Contribute to all Product or Network Information Security Engineering activities pertaining to CDRLs, requirements analysis, architecture development, design milestones (SRR, SDR, PDR, CDR), and test/verification activities
  • Ensure Information Security requirements are addressed in all phases of the system development lifecycle (SDLC)
  • Responsible for developing internal requirements, CONOPs, data flow diagrams, and/or interface control documents from customer/product requirements

Travel Requirements

10% - 25% travel

Education & Length of Experience

Research Engineer/Scientist I

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering or related technical field of study.

Research Engineer/Scientist II

  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering or related technical field of study and three (3) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of that degree,
  • A Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering or related technical field of study and five (5) years of relevant full-time experience after completion of a Bachelor’s degree, or
  • A Doctoral degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Electrical Engineering or related technical field of study.

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • 6+ years of hands-on experience working on system information security architecture development, implementation, integration, and test
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience with security assessment and authorization activities of Federal systems
  • Experience consulting with security architects performing the development of custom security requirements, standards, risk assessment, and/or incident response activities
  • Detailed understanding of secure network and application design concepts and a demonstrated ability to integrate security tools with IT infrastructures
  • Ability to lead security architecture and engineering activities in a matrixed organization
  • Current CISSP

Preferred Qualifications

  • Agile experience using KANBAN or Scrum
  • Able to set and execute strategic initiatives for a team with the ability to identify innovative business solutions
  • Experience identifying and recommending mitigation steps for threats and risks associated with security vulnerabilities in a POA&M
  • Experience executing vulnerability remediation and mitigation as needed through continuous monitoring
  • Ability to analyze new requirements, perform assessments, and identify controls affected by new changes
  • Working knowledge of DISA STIGs and SCAP Configuration Guides
  • 2+ years of IPT leadership
  • Experience with IaaS, PaaS, and Cloud Services such as AWS
  • Ability to see all tasks through to completion, consistently, with a high attention to detail
  • Demonstrable experience authoring requirements and security documentation
  • Outstanding writing skills with an ability to convey complex, technical information in an engaging and easily understood manner
  • Experience authoring or contributing to proposals and white papers
  • Strong collaboration and coaching skills
  • Decisive decision maker
  • A continual learner that stays up-to-date on the latest technologies
  • Entrepreneurial, with a proven ability to take ownership and responsibility of tasks
  • Experience leading teams, with a proven ability to develop talent
  • Strong communication skills; ability to speak to and influence engineers, product and project managers, corporate leadership, partners, and customers
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to rapidly develop and cultivate relationships with peers, partners, and key influencers
  • Able to create slide decks and present to stakeholders, users, peers, and key influencers

U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the US federal government, candidates for this position are required to be US Citizens.

Clearance Type Required

Ability to obtain Top Secret Clearance upon hire

Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute’s mission of solving the world’s 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. .



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