Defense Point Security
  • Silver Spring, MD, 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! 

DPS is seeking a Senior Cybersecurity Architect in Silver Spring, MD with an active Secret level security clearance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Shape security innovation and play a key role in the evolution of Cybersecurity solutions for civilian government agencies
  • Provide thought leadership and guidance across a wide range of technologies at an enterprise-level for security architecture, design, engineering, and strategic planning
  • Design, build, test and deployment of Security Analytics, Security Architecture, Risk and Privacy, and Cloud Security solutions
  • Plan, implement, and test security systems
  • Prepare security standards, policies, and procedures
  • Serve as the cybersecurity technical Subject Matter Expert (SME) to mitigate cyber risks and threats for the enterprise
  • Provide business lifecycle support for the firm including business development, proposal and project execution
  • Provide SME consulting to client executives and leaders
  • Provide guidance on recommended security systems by specifying intrusion detection methodologies and equipment, directing equipment and software installation and calibration; preparing preventive and reactive measures; creating, transmitting, and maintaining keys, providing technical support, completing documentation
  • Develop security-specific enterprise reference artifacts (e.g., playbook, patterns, blueprints, roadmaps, etc.)
  • Lead in the selection process of security tools through best practices, industry knowledge, and technical expertise
  • Assist in compliance inspections and reviews and conduct audits as required
  • Direct vision and strategy, championing new security solution initiatives and lead proof of concept efforts for the enterprise and participate in the Architecture Review Board and Security Steering Committee
  • Provide technical engineering expertise at all levels to support architectural designs of new software solutions, threat identification for the overall cyber infrastructure, and help mitigate security vulnerabilities
  • Provide cyber consulting focused on network engineering, distributed networks, private cloud architecture, data flow management and trusted internet connections
  • Develop and deliver consistent automated metrics covering aspects of the security program
  • Provide security guidelines for the organization to protect critical assets and data
  • Provide recommendations to improve cyber threat detection

Job Qualifications:

  • This position requires U.S. Citizenship due to our Federal contractual obligation
  • Bachelor's or Master's (preferred) degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or related field
  • 10 years of IT experience with 7 years concentrated in Cybersecurity, preferably in both military and civilian government agencies
  • Demonstrated capabilities in delivering solutions and innovations to C-level and senior security clients via formal written and oral mediums (including white papers, proposals, briefings, and demos); effectively translating communication between technical information and understandable business terms
  • Knowledge of modern enterprise and security architectures focused on the federal sector, their challenges, common approaches to overcome their challenges, and their inherent security strengths and weaknesses
  • Technical experience and skills in securing multiple operating systems such as LINUX (RedHat, CentOS and SUSE), MS Windows (All supported desktop and server versions) and virtualization technologies with emphasis on VMware and Hyper-V
  • Possess strong analytical, technical and communication skills with specific experience in SOC, security-as-a-service, and the associated current enabling technology roadmaps
  • Know how to secure an enterprise's architecture by determining security requirements
  • Knowledge of various security tools (e.g., AV, HIPS, firewalls, VPN, DLP, etc.) with product experience in Intel/MacAfee's ESM (Nitro), DLP and Webgateway, FortiGuard, ArcSight, Splunk, RSA NetWitness Suite and Archer GRC, Exabeam, Gigamon, FireEye, IBM Appscan, Fortify and Encase
  • Must have the ability to recommend, support and implement cyber tools to build an enterprise level Cyber Architecture and support:
    • Protection of Network, Data, Users, and applications. 
    • Detection Tools for security threats, exposures and attacks; (these may include)
    • Malware, DDoS and access controls
    • Data Loss Prevention (DLP)
    • Security information events
    • Respond to cyber-attacks and remediate deficiencies
    • Tool sets provide holistic SIEM analytics response
    • SOC management includes Common Operating picture of the Cyber Enterprise
  • Knowledge of various networking concepts and devices (e.g., routing, switching, VLANs, etc.) with product experience in Cisco, Juniper, Fortinet and Palo Alto
  • Knowledge of various database security tools with product knowledge in Intel/McAfee DAM, IBM Guardium and FortiDB
  • Knowledge of emerging technologies (e.g., IoT, mobile, cloud, etc.)
  • Knowledge of Threat Modeling of complex security systems
  • Expert knowledge of federal security standards and requirements including FISMA, NIST, etc
  • CISSP and PMP certifications


Job Location: Silver Spring, MD

Position Type: Full Time/ Regular

Security Requirement: Secret

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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