Security Specialist-Cyber Security

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Constellation West is an award winning company that delivers Information Technology (IT) engineering services and solutions along with non-IT subject matter expertise world-wide. Established in 1997, Constellation West continues as an industry leader, partnering with key organizations. As a prime contractor or preferred subcontractor, we have a continual list of opportunities to fill across the nation with multiple agencies such as the Department of Veteran Affairs, Department of Defense, civilian agencies, and national intelligence community. Many of the positions supporting U.S. federal government require our employees be granted security clearances.

Constellation West provides fully integrated solutions spanning all aspects of system/network engineering, system/network administration, data management, information assurance, quality assurance, full lifecycle support, software development, and geospatial information services. Constellation West looks for the right people ready to step up and be part of a dynamic team.

If you are looking for a new challenge and a rewarding opportunity to apply your expertise, knowledge, and problem solving skills, come join our team! Constellation West offers competitive salary and benefits including:

• Tuition reimbursement
• Competitive 401(k) plan
• Competitive Health Benefits
• 10 Paid Holidays!!
• 15 PTO Days!
• Veteran Hiring Preference

Constellation West is proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V

CATEGORY Information Technology
DESCRIPTION This mid-level position provides support with planning, coordinating, and implementing the organization’s information security policy program. Provides support for facilitating and helping agencies identify their current security infrastructure and define future programs, design and implementation of security policy related to IT systems. Experience in several of the following areas is required; working knowledge with FISMA and Federal (e.g., OMB) security policies and guidance; understanding of business security practices and procedures; knowledge of current security tools available; hardware/software security implementation; different communication protocols; encryption techniques/tools; familiarity with commercial products, and current Internet/EC technology. Responsible for the identification of security controls and security requirements for information system and applications. Provides technical analysis and input to the Senior Security Specialist related to FISMA issues and, when required, provides technical input to the FISMA reporting team.

The Security Specialist will provide the following essential functions/services:

  • Provide essential support to draft new or update existing security policies, standards, guidelines, requirements, and/or operational manuals to align IT security policies and processes with emerging technology areas and address information technology security policy gaps.
  • Ensure alignment with mandated regulatory guidance and industry’s best practices for security and information assurance.
  • Perform Independent review and analysis of Cybersecurity’s Security Policies (IRM 10.8.X Series); to ensure alignment with mandated regulatory guidance and assess IRS operational impact. Provide specific recommendations to improve daily operations and technology improvements for Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Employees.
  • Develop companion technical procedure documents and plain language documents for implementing new or updated security policies.
  • Perform technical analysis and support for security policies which includes auditing policy items for validity and clarity.
  • Develop or update technical manual checklists (functional security requirements and implementation methods for hardening systems), and manual procedures.
  • Perform ad-hoc Security Technology Impact Assessments, responding to request to use new or emerging technology; for mitigating exceptions to current security policy. Identify risks/vulnerabilities associated with the technology and provide a mitigation recommendation.
  • Prepare response to IRS stakeholder(s), requesting clarification to security policy or controls.
  • Prepare response to IRS stakeholder(s), requesting deviation or exceptions to stated policy. Identify risks/vulnerabilities and provide a mitigation recommendation.
  • Note: This position will support telecommuting for candidates that live in the DC Metro area.


POSITION REQUIREMENTS Knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of security. Provides highly technical and specialized guidance, and solutions to complex security problems. Performs analyses and studies. Prepares reports and gives presentations to management. Performs duties independently or as a member of a team.

Experience in several of the following technology areas is preferred: Windows OS, UNIX, Linux, MAC O/S, Virtualization, Database, Cloud Computing, Wireless, Mobile Devices, BYOD, Vulnerability Scanning tools, Security Assessments, etc.

The Security Specialist assigned to support this task must have proven experience in; Information Assurance and Security; Expertise in NIST Standards or other Security Frameworks for implementing Security Controls; Analytical Skills; Writing and Communication Skills.

Certification: CISSP, GLSC, or equivalent certification preferred

    • 2 Years experience in Information Assurance / Certification and Assurance environment
    • 2 Years experience in FISMA, NIST (FIPS 140, SP 800-53 Rev4, etc.)
    • 2 Years experience in an IT operations environment (e.g., system administration, networking, client support)
    • Demonstrates very good oral and written communication skills
    • Please note: All positions require a Public Trust Clearance which entails a detailed income tax and credit review. Do not apply if you know you cannot pass an IRS income tax and credit review.
    • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for consideration
LOCATION Washington, DC


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