Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert

3 weeks ago
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Function
Information Technology
Job Schedule
Regular Full-Time


MAXIMUS is a leading operator of government health and human services programs and has partnered with state, federal and local governments to provide critical, high quality health and human service programs to a diverse array of communities. Operating under MAXIMUS’s founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People® since 1975, MAXIMUS Federal Services is entirely focused on helping government agencies run programs cost-effectively and serve program constituents with improved outcomes. By being a responsible steward for government programs, we help the federal government deliver on its promises through our people, process and technology. Our focus is always on outcomes and results that connect citizens more effectively with government services.


We are seeking a Cybersecurity SME to join our team supporting our Internal Revenue Service (IRS) client located in Lanham, MD.


The Cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert (SME) will provide expert analytical support as needed for the overall projects and systems by working with engineers and other personnel to ensure effective operations of all capabilities, piloting of new systems, and periodic updates to systems. The Cybersecurity SME will collaborate with other IRS IT technical resources to translate security and business requirements into technical designs and ensure design decisions continuously protect systems and the public’s data against insider threats and the external advanced persistent threat.


Location of work is at the IRS facility in New Carrollton, MD, with 2 days work from home. The selected candidate must be flexible and available to attend meetings or perform other activities at the IRS facility more frequently as required.


  • Assist in the planning, designing, development and implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess and minimize system vulnerabilities
  • Review proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks; recommend mitigation or countermeasures, and resolve integration issues related to the implementation of new systems within the existing infrastructure
  • Provide expert analysis for the security planning and policies needed
  • Assist in contingency planning in collaboration with IRS IT technical resources
  • Aid in developing long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities
  • Review and evaluate security incident response policies, identify the need for changes based on new security technologies or threats, test and implement new policies and establish measures to ensure awareness and compliance
  • Analyze security requirements resulting from new Public Law, Presidential directive, or other external mandate, and assist in defining the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies
  • Develop solutions to integration/interoperability issues, design, develop, and manage IT security systems that meet current and future business requirements, and apply and/or extend, enhance, optimize existing architecture
  • Communicate complex technical requirements to nontechnical personnel, prepare and present briefings to senior management officials on complex issues
  • Perform cyber threat analysis and reporting from both internal and external sources
  • Analyze cyber threat data and correlate with existing understanding of cyber threats impacting the IRS systems
  • Conduct research and write papers based on the identification of trends, up-an-coming threats, and recommend mitigation strategy 
  • Actively monitor and research cyber threats with a direct or indirect impact to the public’s data
  • Provide coordination across IRS stakeholder divisions with regards to cybersecurity

The Ideal Candidate will Possess the Following Additional Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university required, an additional four (4) years of related work experience can substitute for a degree
  • Master's Degree from an accredited college or university preferred
  • At least fifteen (15) years of Information Technology experience and at least seven (7) years of IT security and operations risk management experience
  • At least one of the following certifications is required: Security+, GCIA, GCIH, CISSP, or EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Demonstrated experience with at least one of the following cyber security standards: NIST, FISMA, ISO, NERC or others
  • Experience managing large amounts of information, including monitoring security risks, conducting security audits, monitoring security exceptions, assessing new systems for security risks, and synthesizing information in actionable and publishable reports
  • Experience in enterprise security architecture design, process development and enterprise security document creation
  • Experience and capability preparing (technical and executive) presentations and papers to demonstrate viability of security design approaches
  • Ability to learn new systems and technologies quickly
  • Strong personal computer and business solutions software skills
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills for design, creation and testing of programs
  • Good interpersonal and communications skills
  • Experience with Federal government cybersecurity programs preferred


Physical Requirements:

  • Work is performed in a general office environment



Additional Requirements as per Contract:

  • Candidates must meet requirements to obtain and maintain an IRS Minimum Background Investigation (MBI) clearance (active IRS Moderate Risk MBI clearance is a plus).
  • Candidates must be a US Citizen or a Legal Permanent Resident (Green Card status) for 3 years, and be Federal Tax compliant. 


EEO Statement

A committed and diverse workforce is our most important resource.

MAXIMUS is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

MAXIMUS provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status or disabled status.


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