By Light HQ

Penetration Tester-Security and Controls Assessor (IA SCA) (SECRET)

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Posted Date 1 month ago(10/26/2021 1:33 PM)
# of Openings
Tier 3 - Secret/ADP II


We are hiring for an individual that has experience with Security (RMF) and Linux and Bash as well as Windows Powershell scripts, and XML. In addition the succesful candidate will have experience with Tenable.audit file.


This is a hands-on, Risk Management Framework (RMF), Technical security assessor / analyst (SCA) position requiring intermediate knowledge of Windows Server 2008/2012/2016; Red Hat Linux; VMWare; SQL Server; Oracle, and other administrative and security aspects of workstation and enterprise server technology.  Support the security assessment of globally deployed departmental systems through hands-on execution of customer-supplied tools and best-practice techniques, including manual and automated verification scans against defined component baselines.

The SCA will assist with determining the security and configuration status of a variety of system components including: system documentation, Linux and Windows operating systems; SQL Server and Oracle databases; system support components; VMWare implementations. There are also occasional “one-off” components requiring development of baseline security configurations, hence technical curiosity and a desire to learn and innovate are beneficial.

For Assessment & Authorization purposes, validate the components and configurations of departmental systems deployed both globally and domestically. Identify misconfigurations, non-compliances, and anomalies which are relevant to FISMA assessment practices. Coordinate system assessment and findings to the Security Analyst for inclusion in the Security Assessment Report and participate in findings meetings with relevant system stakeholders.

Using the NIST Risk Management Framework and the NIST 800-53 security control catalog, map system and configuration anomalies to specific NIST security controls, along with specific remediation. Write accurate, cogent and defensible descriptions of security configuration status as well as succinct and defensible suggested remediation.

Required Experience/Qualifications

  • Ability to develop and understand custom code XML, Tenable .audit File editing experience. Ability to write scripts.

Preferred Experience/Qualifications

  • 2+ years of using the NIST 800-53a RMF to conduct A&A assessments.
  • 1+ year of NOC, SOC, operations, data center, configurations management or similar security related experience.
  • 5+ years of enterprise Linux and Windows Server security configuration familiarity.
  • 2+ years of virtual machine environments
  • Ability to develop and understand custom scripts (Linux Bash and Windows Powershell or equivalent)
  • Working knowledge (and hands on) of various assessment tools that may include Oracle OEM, DBsat, Tenable Nessus, nmap, and related
  • Prior Department of State experience
  • Ability to discern application and systems dependencies and structure
  • Technical understanding of networking and associated protocols
  • Application security principles and experience
  • Knowledge of cloud migrations/assessments or PKI-DAR (data at rest) or general services support typical of completing RMF type assessments
  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Cyber Security, Computer Systems or related field.
  • 5+ years of security related experience or equivalent
  • 3+ years with related MS degree

Special Requirements/Security Clearance

  • DoD Secret (Interim) to Start
  • Position requires proof of Covid-19 full vaccination status or qualified exemptions

Physical Demands

  • Due to COVID, Work from home (WFH) is possible with a valid telework agreement on file, but, be aware that the Government Customer normally takes between 2 and 3 months to get all the certificates, badges, accounts and accesses, necessary to be configured to allow an employee to WFH.
  • To be able to work remotely, your home must possess adequate, reliable, IT infrastructure to support you conducting the aforementioned duties.
  • The perspective employee may be flexible while WFH, but, must attend all internal and customer meetings virtually or in person, as requested in advance, by management and the government customer.
  • And you must be able to travel within the local Washington DC Metropolitan Area, to include Downtown DC, Arlington, and our Offices in McLean, VA to support those meetings. Reasonable disability accommodations are in place, at all government and corporate locations.


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