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Information Systems Security Officer



Join an innovative team of cybersecurity engineers, architects, and technologists who are helping a federal agency manage, enhance, and strengthen enterprise security. As the lead ISSO, you will join a large team of IT professionals in every phase of evolving the current IT and network environment into a best-in-class global capability that empowers the Department of Transportation (DOT) to better defend and protect information systems. If you want to help drive cybersecurity across a mission-critical program and contribute to our country’s national defense, apply for this job and let’s see if we can work together.



  • Develop and update security authorization packages in accordance with the client’s requirement and in compliance with FISMA
  • Develop and continually refresh System Security Plan, Risk Assessment Report, Security Assessment Plan and Report, Contingency Plan, Incident Response Plan, Standard Operating Procedures, Plan of Actions and Milestones, Remediation Plans, Configuration Management Plan, etc.
  • Develop, implement, and maintain Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M), and support remediation activities
  • Validate that protective measures support systems security requirements
  • Maintain inventories of hardware and software for assigned information systems
  • Develop, coordinate, test, and help support Contingency Plans and Incident Response Plans and activities
  • Perform risk analyses to determine cost-effective and essential safeguards
  • Perform security control assessments and ensure compliance with NIST SP 800-53
  • Conduct vulnerability scans of required applications, databases, and networks
  • Provide continuous monitoring to enforce client security policy and procedures
  • Maintain Approval-to-Operate (ATO) for at least 10 software applications
  • Implement information security requirements throughout IT lifecycle
  • Enable federal management to enforce and comply with federal regulations, policy, standards, and practices
  • Develop and lead adoption and enforce of information security policies, standards, guidelines, and methodologies
  • Advise and assist client in information security including risk management, privacy, compliance, and continuous monitoring
  • Analyze complex problems, research alternative solutions, and recommend options
  • Define and develop documentation



  • Information assurance
  • Current and emerging information security technologies and trends
  • ATO and Security Assessment and Authorization (SA&A) Process
  • OMB requirements, FISMA, and NIST 800 series
  • Vulnerability assessments tools



  • 6+ years experience in information security, information assurance, and cybersecurity
  • 4+ years experience serving as ISSO, ISSM, and/or CISSO



  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, or related field
  • Preference for CISSP certification


  • Washington D.C. metropolitan area



  • Up to 50%



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West 4th Strategy is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, pregnancy, political affiliation, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law.   


Other Considerations: This position is W-2 only; no Corp-to-Corp or 1099 candidates. Relocation will not be offered. Selected applicants will be subject to a background investigation. Individual’s primary workstation is located in an office area. The noise level in this environment is low to moderate. Regularly required to sit for extended periods up to 80% of the time; frequently required to move about to access file cabinets and use office equipment such as PC, copier, fax, telephone, cell phone, etc. Occasionally required to reach overhead, bend, and lift objects of up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the use of computer monitor screens up to 80% of the time.

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