Defense Point Security
  • Bethesda, MD, USA
  • Full Time

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?

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 currently seeking a Certification and Accreditation (C&A) Analyst with an active Secret level security clearance in Bethesda, MD.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a complete security in compliance with FISMA and OMB's guidance
  • Selection of controls to be monitored and system security categorization support
  • System security plans development support
  • Perform risk assessments support and documentation security controls assessment auditing and testing
  • Configuration management and security control/monitoring input support
  • Technical Writing (edit/develop documentation, file management)
  • Develop system security plans
  • Request and review existing system security documentation (e.g., security plan, system design documentation, initial risk assessment documentation, FIPS 199 Security Categorization, etc.)
  • Document initial system description including system information type and boundary based on information provided
  • Hold meetings with key stakeholders to identify and agree to system type, boundary, security categorization, etc.
  • Identify key personnel to be involved with the development of the system security plan and scheduling meetings as needed; Document system name, categorization, roles, operational status, information system type (general support system, major application, or minor application), general description (e.g., mission, users, data, process flow, etc.), system environment, interconnections, and applicable laws or regulations
  • Select minimum security control requirements out of NIST SP 800-53 based on the FIPS 199 Security Categorization; tailoring security control requirements based on guidance in NIST SP 800-53; holding meetings with key personnel to document implemented and/or planned security controls
  • Provide draft system security plan for review and comment; Finalize system security plan documentation
  • Obtain signed approval from designated representative; and deliver final system security documentation including any working papers to the customer

Job Qualifications:

  • This position requires US Citizenship due to our Federal contractual obligations
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 5 years' experience in IT security, including Certification and Accreditation 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 C&A practices and policies; FISMA, NIST SP 800-503
  • Experience using Governance/Risk/Compliance (GRC) tools such as Xacta, CSAM, RSA Archer
  • Working knowledge of Ongoing Authorization with in the NIST Framework
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Federal Risk and Authorization Management Process (FEDRAMP)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong project task management skills
  • Flexibility to handle multiple stages of overlapping system reviews in a large organization
  • Responsible for assisting in the development of a risk management framework (RMF) program and strategy
  • Experience with information assurance tools preferred
  • Experience vulnerability assessment scanning tools and reporting, such as NESSUS, ACAS

Job Location: Bethesda, MD  

Position Type: FullTime/ Regular

All candidates must be clearable.

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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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