Principal IT Systems Engineer (McLean, VA, US, 22102)

October 17, 2019
West McLean, VA
Job Type


Your role in helping us shape the future:

As a Principle IT Systems Engineer, you will occupy a critical role within the organization to manage the cybersecurity stance of the organization as an Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM).  You will ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, and non-repudiation of information systems operating in a classified environment.

You will ensure that network and system designs comply with Risk Management Framework (RMF) policies and guidelines.  You will be responsible for ensuring that company information technology infrastructures meets requirements to maintain operational system certifications, and you will lead all efforts to acquire and maintain system accreditations.  You will provide input related to cybersecurity to customer proposal efforts.  You will develop required security deliverables, including SSPs, Risk Assessment Reports, testing plans, and other relevant documentation.  You will act as the company subject matter expert for Information Assurance.


Are you up to the challenge?

  • Act as Information Security subject matter expert to all departments within IGC.
  • Act as the primary liaison to the local Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) Information Systems Security Professional (ISSP).
  • Drive efforts to design and implement NIST Framework-driven security controls and enhancements in support of IGC’s cybersecurity compliance initiatives.
  • Propose, coordinate, and enforce information system security policies, instructions, standards, and methodologies.
  • Review existing and new DoD security standards; make relevant suggestions to modify system configurations or maintenance practices to adequately maintain compliance with consideration to staffing, cost, and applicability of controls to all IGC system infrastructures.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of system functions, security policies, technical security safeguards, and operational security measures.
  • Perform project management activities surrounding Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M) completions, ensuring that identified vulnerabilities are mitigated in a timely fashion on assigned Information Systems
  • Oversee vulnerability/risk assessment analyses to support accreditation and other program protection activities for IGC’s corporate, customer, and SCIF information system platforms.
  • Perform bi-annual updates to Risk Management Framework accreditation documentation for assigned sites.
  • Prepare and submit classified spillages/incident responses.
  • Monitor system recovery processes to ensure security features and procedures are identically restored.
  • Ensure Configuration Management (CM) for security-related IS software, hardware, and firmware is maintained and documented.
  • Develop and maintain technical documentation and standard operating procedures (SOPs), along with system security plans (SSPs)
  • Ensure compliance with the Chapter 8 regulatory requirements of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), and with the Defense Security Service (DSS) Assessment and Authorization Process Manual (DAAPM).
  • Apply current computer technologies to the development, evaluation, and integration of computer systems and networks to maintain system security for classified and unclassified information systems.
  • Support the Facility Security Officer with site accreditation/reaccreditation processes.
  • Successfully guide complex information systems through assessment and authorization control gates.


Can you drive these processes?

Ensuring system infrastructure compliance with DoD and government security protocols; providing advice and solutions to meet and exceed compliance in support of network and Information Security systems; providing information assurance support for the development and implementation of security architectures to meet new and evolving security requirements; developing and maintaining all documentation related to security programs within the organization, including, but not limited to, SSPs, POAMs, acceptable use policies, and information systems security policies.


You should definitely have:

  • Four-year college degree in a technical field of study or equivalent work experience
  • IAM Level II Certifications [CAP, CASP+ CE, CISM, CISSP (or Associate), GSLC, or CCISO]
  • 7 to 10 years relevant experience as an Information System Security Officer or Information System Security Manager managing and supporting the intelligence community and classified networks.
  • Strong knowledge of cybersecurity principles and DoD requirements relevant to the confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, and non-repudiation of systems operating in a classified environment.
  • Strong knowledge and experience to create, maintain, and close POA&Ms, Risk Acceptance Letter, and Waivers.
  • Experience developing, editing, and auditing cyber security policies, plans, and procedures for government systems and programs.
  • Experience conducting vulnerability audits, security configuration checks, and system configuration scans to meet Cyber Security requirements.
  • Experience with enhanced DoD security controls for government networks including the Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS), Host-Based Security System (HBSS), Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG), and Secure Host baseline (SHB).
  • Thorough working knowledge of all applicable client procedures and operations instructions related to Information technology, Information Assurance, Information Management (IT/IA/IM) for both DOD/Intelligence Community Directive (ICD 503)
  • Knowledge of IT concepts and technologies to provide recommendations on the protection of classified and sensitive data
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to provide technical direction and prioritize tasks.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Strong and consistent documentation skills.
  • Problem determination, isolation, and resolution skills.


It would be nice if you had:

  • PMP or CAPM certification


Other Job Info:

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Current TS/SCI w/ CI Polygraph eligibility is required or the ability to secure and maintain such a U.S. Government clearance.
  • Job requires ability to lift up to 20 lbs


What it’s like to work with us:

Intelsat is connecting the world and transforming the satellite landscape by reaching beyond the traditional satellite industry. We are defining new products that will open new, profitable markets. To help us reach this goal, you should be a bold thinker who will perform a key role in shaping Intelsat innovation for years to come.

  • We emphasize personal and professional growth
  • Awesome benefits including PTO, medical, tuition reimbursement, and training
  • Fun, diverse, and inclusive culture



  • This role is subject to ITAR
  • Candidates must be a US Citizen
  • Please review the job bidding by current employees section in the employee handbook prior to applying for this position, thank you.
  • These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this job.  This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of employees assigned to this job.
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