Security Accessor / Validator

  • Bowie, MD, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Encompass (IT) Security Services is a full services technology service provider located in Bowie, MD. Our services range from enterprise planning and implementation to Cyber Security. Our clients include federal, state and local governments, non-profits and other corporate entities.

Encompass offers very competitive compensation packages which includes:

  • Medical 
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • Life
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • 401K - 4% match with immediate vesting
  • Direct Deposit
  • Educational/Training/Certification Reimbursement
  • Professional Membership Fee Reimbursement

Job Description

Senior Security Control Assessor (SCA) / Validator conducts comprehensive assessments of the management, operational, and technical security controls employed within or inherited by an Information System (IS) to determine the overall effectiveness of the controls (i.e., the extent to which the controls are implemented correctly, operating as intended, and producing the desired outcome with respect to meeting the security requirements for the system). SCAs/Validators also provide an assessment of the severity of weaknesses or deficiencies discovered in the IS and its environment of operation and recommend corrective actions to address identified vulnerabilities. Responsibilities will cover Collateral, SAP and/or SCI activities within the customer’s area of responsibility.The SCA will perform the following responsibilities:- Perform oversight of the development, implementation and evaluation of information system security program policy; special emphasis placed upon integration of existing SAP network infrastructures- Perform analysis of network security, based upon the Risk Management Framework (RMF),NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, FISMA, Joint Special Access Program Implementation Guide (JSIG), DCID 6/3, DITSCAP, and/or DIACAP certification and accreditation/authorization and assessment processes (C&A/A&A); advise customer on Information Technology (IT) C&A/A&A issues- Perform risk assessments and make recommendations to customers- Advise the Authorizing Official (AO), Delegated Authorizing Official (DAO), Office of Chief Information Officer (OCIO), and/or Program Security Officer (PSO) on assessment methodologies and processes- Evaluate certification documentation and provide written recommendations for accreditation to government Program Managers (PMs)- Periodically review system security to accommodate changes to policy or technology- Evaluate IT threats and vulnerabilities to determine whether additional safeguards are needed- Advise the government concerning the impact levels for confidentiality, integrity, and availability for the information on a system- Ensure that certification is accomplished for each Information System (IS)- Develop, implement, provide guidance, and enforce Automated IS (AIS) security policies and procedures- Ensure that all Information System Security Officers (ISSOs), network administrators, and other AIS personnel receive the necessary technical and security training to carry out their duties- Develop, review, endorse, and recommend action by the Designated Approval Authority (DAA) of system certification documentation- Ensure approved procedures are in place for clearing, purging, declassifying, and releasing system memory, media, and output- Conduct certification tests that include verification that the features and assurances required for each protection level are functional- Maintain a repository for all system certification/accreditation documentation and modifications- Coordinate AIS security inspections, tests, and reviews- Develop policies and procedures for responding to security incidents, and for investigating and reporting security violations and incidents- Ensure proper protection or corrective measures have been taken when an incident or vulnerability has been discovered within a system- Ensure that data ownership and responsibilities are established for each AIS, to include accountability, access rights, and special handling requirements- Ensure development and implementation of an information security education, training, and awareness program, to include attending, monitoring, and presenting local AIS security training.- Ensure that security testing and evaluations are completed and documented- Evaluate threats and vulnerabilities to ascertain whether additional safeguards are needed- Assess changes in the system, its environment, and operational needs that could affect the accreditation- Conduct periodic testing of the security posture of the AIS- Ensure Configuration Management (CM) for security-relevant AIS software, hardware, and firmware are properly documented.- At the conclusion of each security assessment activity, prepare the final Security Assessment Report (SAR) containing the results and findings from the assessment-E valuate and monitor POA&M activities to ensure proper and timely remediation actions are taken with respect to identified weaknesses and suspense dates for each IS based on findings and recommendations from the SAR- Ensure that system recovery processes are monitored to ensure that security features and procedures are properly restored- Ensure all AIS security-related documentation is current and accessible to properly authorized individuals- Ensure that system security requirements are addressed during all phases of the system life cycle- Participate in self-inspections; identify security discrepancies and report security incidents- Coordinate all technical security issues outside of area of expertise or responsibility with System Security Engineering- Provide expert research and analysis in support of expanding programs and area of responsibility- Perform file transfers between local systems to storage devices- Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and seven (7) to nine (9) years of experience is required. In lieu of a degree a High School diploma or GED and eleven (11) to thirteen (13) years of experience is required. A minimum of four (4) years of experience in a Special Access Program (SAP) and/or SCI Security and the implementation of regulations is required.Experience with Information Assurance (IA) vulnerability scanning software tools, implementing Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGS), and applying IA Vulnerability Assessment (IAVA) patches is required. Experience creating and maintaining various security documents such as the Security Control Plan/Vulnerability Security Review (SCP/VSR), System Backup and Recovery Plans (SBRP) and Plan of Action and Milestone (POA&M) tables are required.

The selected applicant will be required to possess Information Assurance Technician/Information Assurance Manager (IAT/IAM) Level II at date of hire and must possess IAT/IAM Level III within 6 months of date of hire.

  • At least one Security Professional Certifications (CISSP, CEH, CISM, CISA, CASP)is  required
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred 
  • CMMI Experience preferred
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident and be able to obtain a position of public trust with the US Government
Successful candidates will be subject to a government security background investigation. Successful candidates need to meet all requirements to be granted a clearance up to the TS/SCI Level at a minimum.

Additional Information

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