• Information Security Specialist IV

    Job Locations US-MD-Suitland
    Posted Date 2 months ago(5/7/2018 3:19 PM)
    Requisition ID
    # of Openings
    Job Function
    Information Security
    Job Schedule
    Regular Full-Time
  • Project/Position Introduction

    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.


    The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) maintains two primary constellations of environmental satellites: polar orbiting and geostationary satellites.  Polar orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES) missions contain sensors that generally support longer range weather forecasting and climate research.  POES spacecraft are in a low-earth orbit which enables the collection of data from remote ocean areas, never more than six hours old, which fill forecast model gaps in data gathered by conventional methods.  Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) mission provide imagery and soundings in support of short-range warning and “nowcasting”.  GOES spacecraft view of the earth provides for constant monitoring of the atmospheric triggers that forecast such severe weather conditions as tornadoes, flash floods, hurricanes, and hailstorms.  OSPO ingests, processes and distributes environmental data and information received for the POES and GOES satellites to OPSO’s customers. 


    The MAXIMUS SMOMS team supports operations at the NOAA Environmental Satellite Processing Center.    We are responsible for ensuring reliable operation of the systems that decode the data coming from weather satellites, make images, perform scientific analyses to make higher level products, and make these products available to National Weather Services (NWS) local forecast offices, NWS supercomputers running advanced numerical models, and a host of other users at NOAA, other government agencies, international users and more.   The candidate will directly support IT Security organization through performing activities required for Security Control Audits (SCAs), Authorization and Accreditation activities, and responding to Plans Of Action and Milestones (POA&Ms), and other security functions as needed.


    • Review, analyze, and evaluate business systems and user needs, specifically in Authorization and Accreditation (A&A) (security requirements and documentation support for Office of Satellite and Product Operations [OSPO] systems) and Plans of Action and Milestones (POA&Ms) management
    • Interact on a daily basis with the SMOMS PMO, Operations and IT Security teams to address the needs in the areas of A&A and POA&M remediation
    • Write, edit, and/or manage a wide variety of IT Security documentation, and be familiar with federal IT standards such as the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS), NIST Special Publications (SPs), and especially NIST SP 800-37 Rev 1 (Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: a Security Life Cycle Approach).
    • Manage  internal audits of the systems prior to third party audits
    • Maintain work schedules that align with deliverables specified in the contract
    • Interview subject matter experts and use analytics and critical thinking to develop, edit, and/or revise a wide variety of documentation including standard operating procedures, system security plans, and policies and procedures, among others, and produce or edit technical drawings using MS Visio or similar design tools
    • Use experience and judgment to consult with engineers, system administrators, and programmers in the preparation and revision of technical documentation for existing and new data products
    • Provide ITSEC SME support for the management of the Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO) documentation electronic library

    The Ideal Candidate will Possess the Following Additional Education and Experience

    • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university required, equivalent experience will be considered in lieu of degree
    • At least ten (10) to twenty (20) years of Information Security experience required
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and Project)
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills
    • Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills
    • Must be organized, timely, and customer service oriented
    • Ability to work well independently and in a team setting
    • Adaptability, flexibility and ability to deal with ambiguous and dynamic requirements
    • Excellent oral and written communication and customer service skills
    • Excellent attention to detail and analytical skills
    • At least two (2) of the following certifications: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CAP, CRISC, PMP is desired
    • Desired skills include knowledge of and experience with the following:
      • Utilization of scanning products such as Nessus, Retina, and Core Impact
      • FIPS 140-2,  199, 200
      • NIST 800-37 Rev 1 (DIACAP, NIACAP or similar products)
      • NIST 800-53 REV 4
      • FISMA A&A continuous monitoring
      • Providing FISMA Vulnerability and Compliance Scanning
      • A&A Core Documentation development (i.e. SSP, CP/BIA)
      • Assessing and maintaining security controls for a FIPS 199 High Category federal information system
      • Security Repository Tools such as Cyber Security Assessment and Management (CSAM) or Trusted Agent FISMA (TAF) 
      • POA&M Management
      • System and Network Administration
      • Experience working in, or implementing, an IT Security program in the Department of Commerce or the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
      • Knowledge of Federal NIST standards


    Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to sit for up to 80% of time
    • Ability to reach for or file documents up to 10% of time
    • Work is performed in a fast-paced Information Technology environment
    • Work is performed in an office environment with a low to moderate noise level

    Candidates requirements, as per contract requirements:

    • Must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust, eligibility suitability for employment through NOAA

    • United States Citizenship

    EEO Statement

    EEO Statement
    Active military service members, their spouses, and veteran candidates often embody the core competencies MAXIMUS deems essential, and bring a resiliency and dependability that greatly enhances our workforce. We recognize your unique skills and experiences, and want to provide you with a career path that allows you to continue making a difference for our country. We’re proud of our connections to organizations dedicated to serving veterans and their families. If you are transitioning from military to civilian life, have prior service, are a retired veteran or a member of the National Guard or Reserves, or a spouse of an active military service member, we have challenging and rewarding career opportunities available for you

    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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