Information System Security Officer - Special Programs

Date: Jul 29, 2021

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Security Services

The Security Services Department's overall mission is to ensure a safe and secure environment and protect MIT Lincoln Laboratory at all facilities in which staff members perform their mission of research and development. To accomplish this mission, this department formulates and implements policies, plans, and actions designed to protect facilities against threats of vandalism, accidental destruction, and sabotage; and safeguards personnel, classified and unclassified information systems, personal identifiable information, property, and other assets from exploitation and recruitment by foreign intelligence agencies.

Job Summary

The Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) – IT IC Level 3 (Special Programs) will provide information systems security support to several independent MIT Lincoln Laboratory programs. 

The successful candidate will work independently and as a team member, must be a quick learner, self-motivated, reliable, and able to balance multiple tasks simultaneously. Candidate must have strong interpersonal skills and be able to manage stress in a professional manger. Candidate must be knowledgeable in computer security principles and policies, to include, Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs), National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), NIST 800-53 / Risk Management Framework (RMF), Joint SAP Implementation Guide (JSIG),     Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503, Joint Air Force, Army, Navy (JAFAN) 6/3. Candidate must have strong technical skills and be able to respond to off-hours emergencies. Position requires occasional local and overnight travel.

Core Responsibilities

Assist in the security configuration and management of collateral classified systems and networks in a variety of traditional and virtual environments including Linux, Unix, Sun, Mac, and Windows
Assist the Information System Security Manager (ISSM) in the development and maintenance of System Security Plans (SSP) and associated artifacts such as the Plan of Action & Milestones (POA&M), Risk Assessment Report, and Continuous Monitoring Strategy
Ensure systems are operated, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with organization security policies and procedures
Collect, analyze, and store system audit records
Conduct network, system, and application vulnerability scanning, configuration assessment, and remediation


BS degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or related discipline is required

A minimum of 4 years of IT security experience in DoD Industrial Security is preferred
Possess a DoD 8570.01-M IAM I baseline certification (e.g. CompTIA Security+), or be able to obtain one within 6 months of hire
Technical experience, skills, and course work completed towards an Undergraduate Degree, or industry IT certifications may be considered in lieu of education or DoD security experience requirements

Demonstrated understanding of  the following security frameworks is required:

  • NIST 800-53 / Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Joint SAP Implementation Guide (JSIG)
  • Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503
  • National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) Chapter 8
  • Joint Air Force, Army, Navy (JAFAN) 6/3

Requirements (cont.)

Experience and familiarity with multiple operating systems such as Windows Server 2012 and 2016, Windows 7 and 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, Mac, etc.
Experience with virtualization technologies is preferred
Technical experience securing networks and systems utilizing DISA STIGs and/or SRGs is highly desired
Demonstrated experience with vulnerability scanning and auditing tools and processes is required
Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required
Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and possess a current in scope Top Secret level security clearance with compartmental program eligibility.


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MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.



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