Defense Point Security
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • 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 an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) in Arlington, VA with an active Secret level security clearance.

ISSO Job Responsibilities:

  • Deliver high-quality client solutions to support the design, development, implementation, testing and continual monitoring Federal Government Client's systems security controls.
  • Review Information Systems (IS) in order to identify potential security weaknesses, recommend improvements to mitigate vulnerabilities, implement security controls and document changes.
  • Deliver Risk Assessments (RAs), System Test and Evaluation (ST&E) Plans, Security Assessment Reports (SARs), and Authority To Operate (ATO) Letters.
  • Perform the Assessment and Authorization (A&A) lifecycle for all systems, including systems hosted applications at third-party locations and cloud services.
  • Perform POA&M tracking and reporting.
  • Perform inventory and FIPS 199 Standards for Security Categorization of Federal Information and IS, classification of IS.
  • Coordinate with POCs on aspects of physical and environmental protection, personnel security, incident handling, and security training and awareness.
  • Provide RA support of applications.
  • Develop guidelines and procedures for conducting certifications and/or system level evaluations of federal IS and networks.
  • Ensure that IT systems have all cyber security controls in place and that the all controls function properly in accordance with the latest NIST standards.
  • Review system cyber security plans, cyber security assessment reports and POA&M of cloud service providers.
  • Advise the Government on new standards and make recommendations on new Cyber Security technologies to improve efficiencies.
  • Work with auditors to identify Key Controls which must be assessed on a recurring annual basis.
  • Gather information necessary to maintain a system's security posture and help establish functioning external/internal barriers such as controlled interfaces and other security measures.
  • Define, create and maintain the security documentation for A&A of each IS in accordance with government requirements.
  • Perform research and assess the impacts on system modifications, technological advances, and malicious code.
  • Review system's security documentation in order to identify potential security weaknesses, recommend improvements to amend vulnerabilities, implement changes and document security relevant changes.
  • Inform users about security measures, track A&A expirations, explain potential threats, perform software scans on networks and computers for vulnerabilities, review audit data for intrusions in order to protect information and prevent unauthorized access.
  • Participate and respond to computer security breaches and malicious code

ISSO Job Qualifications:

  • This position requires US Citizenship due to our Federal contractual obligation
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3 years experience in IT security, including A&A and/or IT security risk analysis/advice, preferably in support of the Federal government.
  • Working knowledge of FISMA controls with the ability to develop and document controls.
  • Past experience with large federal agency ATO process.
  • Knowledge of Federal Government A&A practices and policies; FISMA, NIST SP 800-503.
  • Working knowledge of Ongoing Authorization with in the NIST Framework

ISSO Preferred Job Qualifications:

  • Experience in assisting in the development a risk management framework (RMF) program and strategy.
  • Experience with information assurance tools.
  • Experience vulnerability assessment scanning tools and reporting, such as NESSUS, ACAS.
  • Experience using Governance/Risk/Compliance (GRC) tools such as Xacta, CSAM, RSA Archer.
  • Preferred certifications: CAP, Security+, CISSP


Job Location: Arlington, VA

Position Type: FullTime/ Regular

Security  Clearance: Secret

All candidates must be clearable.

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Defense Point Security is an IT Security Consulting firm specializing in government-focused 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
  • 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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