Defense Point Security
  • Williston, VT, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits: See Below

Do you want to work for a company that is passionate about security and has a fun, start-up culture with large company perks? Do you want to be in an environment where you will continuously learn new skills, grow and take on new opportunities due to the abundance of new projects on the horizon?

If you answered yes to these questions, this opportunity could be for you! 

Defense Point Security is currently seeking a Senior Linux Systems Security Engineer in Williston, VT.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Create secure configuration settings for commonly used software applications and operating systems
  • Develop secure configuration settings for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 (or most current version), CentOS 7 (or most current version), Ubuntu 16.04 server (or most current version), CoreOS (current version), and Alpine Linux (current version)
  • Develop hardening scripts to implement these settings using Ansible, Chef, Powershell or other technologies to implement these settings. All scripts and configuration settings shall be documented and maintained in USCIS' GIT
  • Support vulnerability and compliance scanning of the USCIS computer environment. This scanning includes scanning for vulnerabilities and compliance with defined security settings at the operating system, web, application, and database layers
  • Collaborate with USCIS system owners, IT project managers, and other devops engineers to identify and resolve the causes of delayed patching
  • Implement and operate USCIS security tools
  • Engineer the deployment, testing, maintaining, patching and operation of current and future tools using configuration management tools (e.g. Ansible, Chef, PowerShell)
  • Assist the DevOps team with the design, implementation and management of security solutions which leverage automation, near real-time security feedback, repeatable processes, continuous integration and continuous deployment methodologies, to achieve a rugged DevOps environment with a zero security defect mentalit
  • Implement automated, scripted security controls testing for DevOps projects, to streamline technical controls testing, and reduce testing time to minutes rather than days or weeks
  • Automate and streamline repetitive IT security processes, and the handling of vast amounts of security data, using programming and the Security Event Management framework to consolidate security information and reporting
  • At Government direction, schedule and attend conference calls, meetings, demonstrations, conferences, trade shows, and other events with third-party equipment, software, and service vendors for the purposes of market research
  • Provide expert opinion to Federal manager, but will not make product/standards selections on behalf of the Government. Product/standards selection will only be performed by the Government
  • Support the design and deployment of information security solutions at all layers of the OSI model, physical layer to application layer, to facilitate a comprehensive defense-in-depth strategy and intrusion defense chain methodology
  • Be responsible for the technical configuration and installation of products into a pilot/evaluation location established via the USCIS Change Request (CR) process
  • Generate procedures necessary to operate and maintain products under pilot/evaluation
  • Schedule and attend meetings, file USCIS forms, tickets, and change requests necessary to facilitate successful deployment of security products/projects

Job Qualifications:

  • This position requires US Citizenship due to our Federal contractual obligation
  • 7 years of experience, installing, configuring, operating, and patching Linux servers
  • Advanced knowledge of one or more of the following configuration management tools: Ansible, Chef, Puppet, SaltStack
  • Understanding of New Relic or Nagios monitoring 
  • 2 years of experience deploying applications to Amazon Web Services
  • Knowledge of the latest security threats, techniques and exploits targeting vulnerabilities
  • Experience with network, web, and information security

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Scrum and/or Kanban a plus
  • Experience with the following tools is a plus:
    Exabeam Threat Hunter
    Beyond Trust Retina
    Forescout CounterACT
    FireEye HX
    Tenable SecurityCenter
    McAfee Endpoint Security Products (VirusScan, Digital Loss Prevention, Application Control, Host Intrusion Protection, Configuration Control, and Deep Command)
    Trustwave DbProtect
    HPe WebInspect
    HPe Fortify
    CA Xceedium


Job Location: Williston, VT

Position Type: Full Time/ Regular

All candidates must be clearable.

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Defense Point Security is an IT Security Consulting firm specializing in public and private sector security solutions.  Our goal is to provide expert IT security services to our clients while cultivating information security knowledge among all employees for the advancement of cyber security.  Defense Point Security offers a competitive employment package including medical, vision, and dental insurance (among others).

Defense Point Security offers a competitive benefits package to include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance Premiums are 100% paid by DPS for employee and eligible dependents
  • Personal Accident Insurance paid by DPS
  • Life Insurance paid by DPS
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance paid by DPS
  • 401k Contribution Matching and 100% vested after 90 days
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Commuter Assistance
  • Paid Time Off starting at 3 weeks a year (15 days)
  • 10 paid Federal Holidays
  • Up to $100 per month reimbursed for cell phone
  • Up to $50 per month reimbursed for home internet
  • Up to $200 every 2 years for a cell phone upgrade
  • Capital BikeShare Membership for DC Metro Area
  • Reimbursement for qualifying training expenses
  • Flexible / Alternative Work Schedules


Defense Point Security is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse Community workforce. DPS gives equal consideration to all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class.

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