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Zermount Inc. Information Systems Security Officer - (ISSO) in Washington DC, District Of Columbia

The Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) will provide Security Assessment and Authorization (SA&A) support to the client and their IT systems within the client's inventory. These systems are a combination of General Support Systems, Major Applications, Minor Applications and Subsystem at various impact levels. The ISSO will be responsible for developing and providing risk and vulnerability assessments, Security Control Assessments (SCA), SA&A documentations and various reports, based on NIST guidelines and client?s policies, procedures and request.


  • Developing a detailed project schedule, including SA&A/SCA task and milestones, task dependencies, and personnel resources.

  • Conduct SA&A activities sand tasks and obtain Authorization to Operate (ATO) in line with NIST and client guidance and directives.

  • Determining the baseline IT Security requirements for IT Systems, identifying system boundaries, determining information categories, assisting with FIPS-199.

  • Ensure that IT Systems are operated, used, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with internal security policies and practices.

  • Enforce security policies and safeguards on all personnel having access to the IT System for which the ISSO has responsibility.

  • Ensure users and system support personnel have the required authorization and need-to-know; have been indoctrinated; and are familiar with internal security practices before access to the IT System.

  • Review and generate SA&A and system documentation as needed.

  • Selecting baseline controls for the IT System using RSA Archer and tailor security controls as appropriate.

  • Implement security controls based on IT System FIPS categorization.

  • Documenting security control implementation in the system?s Security Plan using the Library?s Information Assurance (IA) tool (RSA Archer).

  • Conduct SCA for IT systems, when required.

  • Document system?s risk assessment per client directives and requirements.

  • Develop and document all required artifacts for the SA&A package.

  • Conduct Contingency Plan Test (CPT) for systems.

  • Review and monitoring system security and audit logs.

  • Develop and maintain Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&Ms) for IT systems.

  • Update SA&A documentation and artifacts on a regular basis (e.g. annually, after approved change).


Required Skill and Experience:

  • A minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated experience in the Information Security (Cybersecurity or Information Assurance) field.

  • Demonstrates a proficiency with developing, maintaining and managing SA&A packages.

  • Experience with developing and managing POA&M?s.

  • Displays technical experience with conducting research and providing review recommendations on software and technologies for vulnerabilities.

  • Technical experience with reviewing vulnerability scans and providing mitigation techniques. ?Possess expertise in conducting SCA?s.

  • Experienced writing security related policies and procedures

  • Possess experience conducting CPT?s.

  • Experience with conducting audit log reviews.

  • Experience with NIST Special Publications and guidance.

  • Strong problem solving and analysis skills, self-motivated, and able to work and communicate in a team environment.

  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills


  • Bachelor?s degree or higher in computer science, Information Technology, Information Security, or similar fields.


  • A minimum of at least one (1) certification must be active relating to information security such as:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP);

  • GIAC security certification (e.g. GCIH, GWAPT, GPEN, GSLC, etc.)

  • CompTIA Security +

  • CEH


  • Minimum of an Active Secret Clearance (Top Secret preferred)

Work Location and Core Hours:

  • Washington DC - 7:00 am ? 5:00 pm