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Field Office Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) - Albuquerque, NM - RS

Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI)
tuition reimbursement
United States, New Mexico, Albuquerque
September 19, 2023
Field Office Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) - Albuquerque, NM - RS

ID: 498263

Type: Researchers

Location: Albuquerque, NM

Categories: Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Networking, Other, Aircraft

Project/Unit Description

Research Security - Cyber Security Division
Cyber Security Division (CSD) is responsible for maintaining the overall security posture of classified systems at GTRI. CSD partners with government agencies to provide support for system accreditation and authorization to process classified information in both Collateral and Special (Special Access Programs (SAP) and Sensitive Compartment Information (SCI)) programs. In addition, CSD handles Communication Security (COMSEC) to ensure information is transmitted in a secure manner and in compliance with government regulations.


Job Purpose

Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM) is a contractually recognized role described in the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual. This position oversees the development, implementation, and evaluation of the GTRI Information Systems Program, including insider threat awareness, facility management, Information Systems personnel, users, and others, as appropriate. The ISSM develops, documents, and monitors compliance of the GTRI Information Security program in accordance with Cognizant Security Agency (CSA)-provided guidelines for management, operational, and technical controls. This position conducts self-inspections and implements corrective actions for all identified findings and vulnerabilities. The ISSM serves as the principal advisor on all matters, technical and otherwise, involving the security of classified systems at GTRI. The ISSM coordinates and manages GTRI activities related to classified information systems requirements, assessment and authorization of classified information, classified information systems configuration management, and project management for the life cycle of classified information systems. It advises GTRI senior management and execute GTRI's overall strategy for enterprise classified networks and systems to support GTRI's current and future contractual requirements. This position researches policies and regulations, interact with various agencies and levels of management, and contribute to establishing and maintaining accredited information systems to support GTRI contracts with the U.S. Government. This position also researches system vulnerabilities and threats to stay on top of the continuous threat against accredited information systems and networks.
The Field Office ISSM is also the Assistant Facility Security Officer (AFSO) to assist the full-time Facility Security Officer (FSO) to ensure compliance with governmental regulations within the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), Intelligence Community Directives (ICD), Department of Defense (DoD) 5205.07, Volumes 1-4 and National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) Policy Manual 3-16 and other regulations related to safeguarding and processing of classified information. This position requires to familiarize and execute requirements within the NISPOM incorporating Change 2, for the management of Personnel Security, Physical and Environmental protection, Incident Handling, and Security Training and Awareness.


Key Responsibilities

  • Coordinate and manage the GTRI FO activities related to classified information systems requirements, assessment and authorization of classified information, classified information systems configuration management, and project management for the life cycle of classified information systems.
  • Develop, maintain, and oversee policies, processes and procedures for the classified Information Systems (IS) security program for the Field Office
  • Responsible for analyzing network security systems and/or information systems. Safeguard networks against unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure.
  • Research, evaluate, design, test, recommend, communicate, and implement new security software or devices.
  • Implement, enforce, communicate, and develop network or other information security policies or security plans for data, software applications, hardware, telecommunications, and computer installations.
  • Interpret, research, and formalize Cyber Security policies, concepts, and measures when designing, procuring, adopting, and developing new IS to ensure compliance with Government policies, guidance, and orders.
  • Research and advise Information Technology (IT) staff of technical security safeguards and operational security measures and provide technical support in implementing security controls.
  • Perform examination and quality control inspections on Information Systems Security protections and safeguards to ensure compliance to Government requirements and standards.
  • Define system security requirements, design system security architecture and develop detailed security designs.
  • Assess information protection effectiveness and plan and manage technical efforts.
  • Manage system security requirements for GTRI's accredited information systems and assure continuous system compliance.
  • Establish strict program control processes to ensure mitigation of risks and supports obtaining certification and accreditation of systems. This includes process support, analysis support, coordination support, security certification test support, security documentation support, investigations, software research, hardware introduction and release, emerging technology research inspections and periodic audits.
  • Responsible maintaining operational security posture for systems by enforcing established security policies, procedures, and standards.
  • Work with Government security cognizant agencies to identify and manage security findings, risks and mitigations in Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M). Perform continuous monitoring activities including system security audits and vulnerability scanning and remediation. Periodically conduct of a review of each system's audits and monitor corrective actions until all actions are closed.
  • Ensure Configuration Management (CM) of all associated software, hardware, and security relevant functions
  • Lead incident response process to include document and report to appropriate authority
  • Research policies and regulations, interact with various agencies and levels of management, and contribute to establishing and maintaining accredited information systems
  • Research system vulnerabilities and threats to stay on top of the continuous threat against accredited systems
  • Prepare for and participate in self-inspection and Government security vulnerability assessments. Support the formal Security Test and Evaluation (ST&E) required by each government accrediting authority through pre-test preparations, participation in the tests, analysis of the results, and preparation of required reports.
  • Serve as the secondary point of contact for all industrial security concerns.
  • Assist the FSO to manage and support the GTRI Field Office classified security programs.
  • Assist the FSO to develop and administer security education, training, and awareness programs for both cleared and non-cleared personnel.
  • Assist the FSO to maintain visitor control program.


Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be eligible for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) and Special Access Programs (SAP) access
  • Must possess or be able to obtain CISSP, Security+ and/or other applicable certifications within six months of hire in compliance with DoD Directive 8140/8570, IAM Level II/III baseline certification requirements.
  • Have experience with JSIG, RMF, ICD 503, NIST 800, NISPOM and DAAPM
  • Experience with information systems Incident Response Team
  • Experience identifying system vulnerabilities and implementing mitigation strategies.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Active TS/SCI clearance
  • IAM Level III compliance with CISSP
  • Experience in an environment and culture steeped in teamwork and collaboration working on challenging technical projects
  • Experience working with XACTA/eMASS


Travel Requirements

<10% travel


Education and Length of Experience

This position vacancy is an open-rank announcement. The final job offer will be dependent on candidate qualifications in alignment with Research Faculty Extension Professional ranks as outlined in section of the Georgia Tech Faculty Handbook



  • 2 years of related experience with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Assurance, Information Security or related fields.
  • 0 years of related experience with a Master's degree in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Information Assurance, Information Security or related fields.


U.S. Citizenship Requirements

Due to our research contracts with the U.S. federal government, candidates for this position must be U.S. Citizens.


Clearance Type Required

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain an active security clearance.


Benefits at GTRI

Comprehensive information on currently offered GTRI benefits, including Health & Welfare, Retirement Plans, Tuition Reimbursement, Time Off, and Professional Development, can be found through this link:


Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) at Georgia Tech Research Institute aims to enhance the Institute's mission of solving the world's most complex technical problems by creating a workforce with a shared appreciation for diversity, raising awareness around inclusiveness, and fostering a sense of belonging and appreciation for all members of our community.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia Tech Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

Posted: 06/30/2023

Closes: 09/29/2023


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