Cybersecurity Architect

at The MITRE Corporation
Published November 24, 2022
Location Fort Meade, MD
Category Default  
Job Type Full-time  


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MITREs Defend the DoDIN Department seeks an experienced cybersecurity architect to provide subject matter expertise in support of the DISA Cyber Security and Analytics Directorate.

The DISA Cyber Security and Analytics Directorate enables Department of Defense (DoD) mission operations by providing assured communications through the delivery of optimized cyber infrastructure solutions for DoD partners. These cybersecurity capabilities include the DoDs perimeter network security, joint regional network security, endpoint security, cyber data analysis, and identity, credential, and access management (ICAM) as well as DISAs Thunderdome effort, which is piloting new zero trust capabilities. These solutions enable the protection of the DoD Information Network (DoDIN) from our adversaries.

MITRE provides architecture, systems engineering, program strategy, program execution, and lab assessment activities support to DISAs Cyber Security and Analytics Directorate. MITREs support to the Cyber Directorate focuses on systems engineering and architecture support and recommendations for all aspects of capability development for endpoint security, Thunderdome, and ICAM divisions. For endpoint security there is a focus on the overlap of cloud and endpoint security as well as enabling the DoDs emerging zero trust architecture. To further enable zero trust for the DoD, MITRE is also supporting the ICAM PMO with their enterprise identity solutions. Lastly, MITRE is also working with DISA to integrate automated security validation capabilities into the DoD enterprise cybersecurity architecture to improve defensive cyber operations through validation of security tools and configuration.

Job Responsibilities:

  • The candidate will provide technical leadership and system engineering analysis to a wide variety of endpoint security efforts.

  • Tasks will require application of expertise in endpoint security, analysis, systems engineering and T&E (test and evaluation).

  • Development and evaluation of metrics to support recommendations

  • Research emerging endpoint security solutions and provide analysis on their impact to DoD system operation or ability to integrate within existing DoD systems. Evaluate solutions and propose demos/testing to characterize performance.

  • Develop cybersecurity data reporting architecture and data normalization process to support multiple DoD endpoint security solutions.

  • Provide recommendations on ensuring systems are specified, designed, developed, implemented, integrated, and sustained to meet security needs, goals and objectives.

  • Assist in systems security analysis and assessments, including identifying risk criticalities and handling options, to inform decision making

  • Assist in development of systems security and cybersecurity strategy development, system testing and evaluation, and verification and validation efforts

  • Analyze system requirements, software, hardware, supply chain, and integration approaches using analysis tools to identify vulnerabilities and system architecture, design, and implementation flaws

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 8 years of related experience in Information Technology, Computer Science, endpoint security or cybersecurity architecture; or 6 years and a Masters degree; or a PhD with 3 years experience.

  • Active Secret with the ability to obtain and maintain a Top-secret clearance

  • Experience with DoD endpoint security, such as HBSS, ACAS, and ACEM (Tanium) either with DISA or other DoD Components.

  • Knowledge of McAfee, Tanium, Microsoft M365 and other emerging security products/technologies.

  • Self-starter and capable of work shaping and leading efforts

  • Proficiency in written communications skills. Must work collaboratively within a team, provide senior level leadership and guidance, and be capable of identifying, prioritizing, and solving difficult problems.

  • Candidates must possess broad testing and systems engineering expertise related to endpoint security and various COTS solutions.

  • Candidates will have excellent interpersonal and communications skills for interaction with customers, project leaders, team members, and other government agencies. Must have the ability to coordinate across teams and with representatives from a wide-range of organizations including government, commercial, and international.

  • Proven ability to write technical reports detailing analytical work, including assumptions, objectives, explanation of analytical techniques/tools, sources of data, results, conclusions and recommendations relating to context of the analysis.

    Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree and 10 years of related experience; or 8 years and a Masters degree; or a PhD with 5 years experience

  • Experience with cybersecurity best practices for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and/or Microsoft Azure

  • Knowledge and understanding of NIST Cybersecurity Framework

  • Knowledge of zero trust architecture security paradigm

  • Experience with security operation centers (SOCs) and/or defensive cyber operations (DCO)

  • Experience with Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) systems

  • Experience with big data platforms and cybersecurity data normalization to support federated queries and cybersecurity analytics

    This requisition requires the candidate to have a minimum of the following clearance(s):

    This requisition requires the hired candidate to have or obtain, within one year from the date of hire, the following clearance(s):

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