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  • Certification and Accreditation Specialist

    Northrop GrummanArlington, VA

    Job #118949000

  • Northrop Grumman Information Systems sector is seeking a Certification and Accreditation Specialist to join our team at Army ITA-PENCIRT. This position will be located in Arlington, VA. The candidate will support all activities needed to obtain certification and accreditation on all the networks, equipment and systems at all classification levels under the purview of the Office of the Administrative Assistant (OAA) Designated Approving Authority (DAA).

    The candidate will perform the following responsibilities:
    -Provide technical support to DOD information system programs for life cycle security support, from inception of the program through initial accreditation.
    -Develop a methodology and procedures to be followed by accreditation personnel while providing life cycle security support.
    -Participate in formal and ad hoc certification and accreditation working groups where directed.
    -Provide technical documentation required for the site certification and accreditation process.
    -Develop an on-line database that reflects the current status of each accredited system and those systems requiring Accreditation.
    -Conduct technical analysis and documentation of DOD standard systems security to include the requirements for COMPUSEC, and COMSEC.
    -Identify and assess security requirements and deficiencies in local and wide area networks (LANs and WANs) and commercial switching, transmission and signaling networks.
    -Monitor the implementation of and compliance with, DIACAP C&A standards within USAITA to ensure uniform application of the standards and consistency in security of accredited DoD information systems -Conduct certification activities to complete systems certification packages that satisfy USAITA, ARMY and DoD requirements.
    -Develop risk management guidelines.
    -Participate in professional development seminars, trade shows, conferences, and briefings relating to information
    Assurance and certification / accreditation.
    -Administer the USAITA Connection Approval Process (CAP) program to include the following responsibilities:
    • Develop, maintain, and publish the Connection Approval Process implementation memorandum by the Executive Director, USAITA.
    • Ensure required CAP documentation is obtained from all current and new customers. Review all packages received for completeness and accuracy.
    • Maintain CAP documentation for each connection to USAITA backbones. Ensure that packages are updated when there are modifications, additions or changes to tenant networks. Ensure all packages are updated at least annually.
    -Administer the Tenant Security Plan (TSP) Process for all tenants that connect to the Pentagon Installation Campus Area Network (Pentagon ICAN) and the HEN and HCEN.
    -Review all applicable documentation with the agency point of contact to ensure accuracy and completeness in identifying all information systems that connect to the Pentagon ICAN/HEN/HCEN.
    -Support Customer efforts to certify and accredit standalone equipment.
    -Maintain a complete and accurate identification of all information systems that connect to the Pentagon ICAN, HEN and HCEN.
    -Support and assist in coordination of Agent of the Certification Authority (ACA) visits.

    This position is contingent upon final customer review and approval; and funding of position.

    Basic Qualifications:
    BS degree in Computer Science or other related field with 5 years of experience working within certification/accreditation. 4 years of additional experience may be substituted in lieu of degree.
    Secret security clearance required;
    4 years or more experience as an Information Security Specialist with a demonstrated understanding of DIACAP guidelines and processes
    Ability and demonstrated experience to research, write, review, and make recommendations regarding information security policies, certifications and accreditation reviews, security test and evaluation reports, trusting computing base architectures, and security engineering practices and processes.
    CEH within the first 30 days of hire

    Preferred Qualifications:
    TS/SCI Clearance
    Knowledge of and experience with security, system auditing and hacking tools.
    Strong working knowledge of networking and router technologies, as well as network security issues.
    Knowledge of and experience with analyzing and communicating network security issues to peers and to management.
    Familiarity with mobile code, malicious code, and Anti-Virus software.
    Ability to stay abreast of internal and external security best practices

    Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products, and solutions in unmanned systems, cybersecurity, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide.

    Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.


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