• IT Security Specialist

    Job Locations US-DC-Washington, D.C.
    Regular Full-Time
  • About Coalfire

    As a trusted advisor and leader in cybersecurity, Coalfire has more than 15 years in IT security services. We empower organizations to reduce risk and simplify compliance, while minimizing business disruptions. Our professionals are renowned for their technical expertise and unbiased assessments and advice. We recommend solutions to meet each client’s specific challenges and build long-term strategies that can help them identify, prevent, respond, and recover from security breaches and data theft. We’re on the cutting edge of one of the world’s most important industries, and we protect our clients from ever-evolving security threats through our innovative advisory, auditing, and ethical hacking solutions.

    What you'll do

    • Provide support to the security assessment and authorization process
    • Review all security documentation as part of SA&A e.g. security assessment plan (SAP), Security Assessment Report (SAR)
    • Manage resolution of Plans of Action and Milestones (POA&M)
    • Support continuous monitoring of production systems in accordance with defined security controls
    • Ensure preparation of security plans for sensitive networks and systems
    • Report IT security incidents in accordance with established procedures
    • Provide input to appropriate IT security personnel for preparation of reports to senior leadership
    • Ensure memorandums of agreement, interconnection security agreements are up to date and signed
    • Ensure user accounts are managed in accordance with agency procedures
    • Ensure audit logs are reviewed in accordance with agency procedures
    • Serve as the principal advisor to the CISO on all matters related to assigned systems
    • Collaborate with CIO office to ensure security/privacy/SA&A requirements are met
    • Maintain security documentation for a portfolio of systems e.g. FIPS 199, System Security Plan, Privacy Impact Assessment
    • Assist in the development of security policy and ensure compliance with existing policy

    What you'll bring

    • Due to contractual requirements, this position requires an active Secret clearance
    • Excellent communication, organizational, and problem-solving skills
    • Effective writing skills
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
    • Professional attitude and demeanor
    • Knowledge of TCP/IP protocols; network architecture; risk management methodologies
    • Expertise in knowledge of FISMA, OMB circulars (A-130), NIST 800-37, 800-53, and related publications
    • Cybersecurity certification (Security + at minimum)
    • 5 years of experience as an ISSO
    • Information Technology related degree (or equivalent experience)
    • Experience with MS Office Suite
    • Critical thinking, and ability to balance security requirements with mission needs
    • Good judgment and business acumen
    • Relationship management
    • Project management (ability to track detailed tasks and ensure timely delivery)

    Ability to work quickly, efficiently and accurately in a dynamic and fluid environment

    Bonus Points

    • Knowledge and/or experience using CSAM
    • Knowledge of Big Fix or similar tools
    • Knowledge of DISA STIGS, CIS Benchmarks
    • Experience using or interpreting Nessus scans
    • Understanding of FedRAMP and cloud technologies e.g. AWS, MS Azure

    Experience with MS Project and Visio

    Why you'll want to join us

    Our people make Coalfire great. We work together on interesting things and achieve exceptional results. We act as trusted advisors to our customers and are committed to client-focused innovation as well as innovation in the industries that we serve. Coalfire offers our people the chance to grow professionally with colleagues they like and respect while tackling challenges that stretch their minds and expand their skill sets. We’re connected by our desire to innovate and our goal of helping to make the world a more secure place. 

    Coalfire’s high energy, challenging, and fast-paced work environment will keep you engaged and motivated. Work-life balance is a core priority at Coalfire – we work hard and we play hard, and the two often overlap. We host family-friendly events and happy hours along with professional meetups and informal networking sessions, and we’re active in our communities. Plus, we offer great benefits, including:

    • Health, dental, and vision insurance with an employer contribution
    • Flexible paid time off (employees are encouraged to spend four weeks away from the office each year)
    • A generous 401(k) plan
    • A corporate wellness program
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • A kitchen stocked with snacks, coffee, and tasty beverages

    Coalfire is an EEO employer.


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