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Information System Security Officer (ISSO)

Applied Research Associates (ARA), Inc. has an immediate need for an experienced IT Professional to serve as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO) for the Algorithms, Modeling, and Assessments (AMA) division in Arlington, VA. The candidate designated as ARA’s ISSO will support multiple programs administering the Information Assurance (IA) duties as the ISSO on multiple Information Systems. The ISSO will coordinate with the Information System Security Manager (ISSM) for these Information Systems to ensure the Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements are implemented, functional, and kept up to date according to System Security Plans, the DAAPM/NISPOM and applicable NIST Publications.

What you’ll do as an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO):
• Build, configures, and maintains systems that adhere to government regulations
• Maintains and monitors compliant information systems for use on government contracts
• Executes the security testing and evaluation to ensure the correct implementation of security requirements
• Executes security scanning and the analysis of the scan results
• Supports the Assessment and mitigation of system security threats and risks throughout the program life cycle
• Supports secure maintenance and continuous monitoring
• Performs weekly system audits, media reviews, hardware/software configuration management
• Provides technical support to users
• Performs other duties as assigned
• Assists in ensuring compliance with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), DCSA Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM), Department of Defense (DoD) regulations, Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs), and Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs)
• Assists the ISSM in conducting security briefings and training as needed
• Assists the ISSM with preparation for Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Security Vulnerability Assessments (SVA), Command Cyber Readiness Inspections (CCRI), and Other Government Agency (OGA) inspections

Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) Position Requirements:
• Currently hold a Secret Security Clearance and be eligible for a Top-Secret Security Clearance 
• Bachelor’s degree with 2-4 years of experience
• Strong understanding of computer operating systems (Windows and Linux), software, and computer hardware
• Can configure laptops/desktops/servers, install applications, setup network infrastructure, and troubleshoot as required
• Possess working knowledge of and experience with Cisco routers, firewalls, and switches
• Possess a DoD 8570 IAM-I level professional certification (i.e., Security +) or can obtain the certification within six (6) months of hire
• Ability to lift and move computer equipment including workstations, servers, printers, scanners, monitors, etc
• Ability to lift 30 pounds

Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) Position Preferences:
• The highest degree of personal and professional integrity and ethics
• Strong organizational and administrative skills
• Proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
• Strong interpersonal skills working with all levels of staff and customers
• Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment
• Strong written and verbal communications skills
• Maintain and adhere to a high level of confidentiality
• Possess the ability to multitask, prioritize workload, and be flexible
• Possess the ability to learn new systems and procedures quickly
• Experience with the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), Department of Defense Directives 5200.01, volumes 1-4, and Intelligence Community Directive 705
• Proficient in IA Security specifications such as Risk Management Framework (RMF) and NIST SP 800-53
• Experience with security assessment/hardening tools, i.e., STIGs, SCAP, ACAS, etc.
• Trained and proficient in Assured File Transfer (AFT) procedures
• Security+ Certification
• Cisco Certification

About Us:
Applied Research Associates, Inc. (aka ARA) is an employee-owned international research and engineering company known for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. We were founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979 as the disco era was, thankfully, closing out and the personal computer era was beginning. We employ over 1,500 professionals and continue to grow. ARA offices throughout the U.S. and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense, civil, and health technologies, computer software, and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement.

ARA also prides ourselves on having a challenging culture where innovation & experimentation are the norm. At ARA, employees are our greatest assets, so we give our employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take active roles as owners. The motto, “Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit” sums up the ARA experience. The company realizes employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. We are also very proud of our Women’s Initiative Network (WIN) whose purpose is to motivate, support, and encourage professional career development for women to maximize career and professional accomplishments.

To find out more about Algorithms, Modeling & Assessments Division visit our website at:

Experience Required
• 2 - 4 years: Relevant Work Experience

Education Required
• Bachelors or better

Licenses & Certifications Required
• Secret Clearance

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)