ISSO Specialist - Active Clearance Required

Huntsville, AL

Job Type: Contract | Recruiter: Steve Merriman | Phone: 603.637.4084

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Job Title: ISSO Specialist

Location: Huntsville, AL

Duration: 36 Months and 40 hours per week

*Applicants must possess an active Security Clearance without incident for access to classified information.

This position requires that applicants be fully vaccinated for Covid 19 or have a valid religious or medical exemption.

POST-OFFER BACKGROUND CHECK IS REQUIRED. Digital Prospectors is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


Our client’s Security Services Department Information Security Group provides cyber security and risk assessment services to the Laboratory. Major activities within the group include system concept development for RF and optical systems, modeling and simulation, signal processing algorithm design, RF and optical system design and development, experimental field-testing and data analysis and development of one-of-a-kind operational and experimental test assets.

Position Scope/Job Functions/Core Responsibilities:

Ability to integrate information security requirements into the acquisition process; using applicable baseline security controls as one of the sources for security requirements; ensuring a robust software quality control process; and establishing multiple sources (e.g., delivery routes, for critical system elements).

•Work with the ISSM on compliance activities including RMF Accreditation of several complex information systems

•Assist in the security configuration and management of collateral classified systems and networks in a variety of traditional and virtual environments including Linux, Unix, Sun, Mac, and Windows

•Confirm that plans of actions and milestones (POA&M) or remediation plans are in place for vulnerabilities identified during risk assessments, audits, inspections, etc.

•Promote awareness of security issues among management and ensure sound security principles are reflected in the organization's vision and goals.

•Track audit findings and recommendations to ensure that appropriate mitigation actions are taken.

•Utilizing previous RMF experience, recommend resource allocations required to securely operate and maintain an organization's cybersecurity requirements.

•Act as primary author on the development and maintenance of System Security Plans (SSP) and associated artifacts such as the Plan of Action & Milestones (POA&M), Risk Assessment Report, and Continuous Monitoring Strategy

•Ensure systems are operated, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with organization security policies and procedures

•Collect, analyze, and store system audit records

•Conduct network, system, and application vulnerability scanning, configuration assessment, and remediation

•Prepare for and participate in periodic organization compliance assessments

•Ensure account management documentation is complete and updated

•Maintain configuration management documentation (change tracking, maintenance logs, etc.)

•Serve as a member of the Configuration Control Board (CCB) as needed


Required Skills:

Demonstrated understanding of the following security frameworks is required:

- NIST 800-53 / Risk Management Framework (RMF)

- Joint SAP Implementation Guide (JSIG)

- Intelligence Community Directive (ICD) 503

- National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM) Chapter 8

- DoD Manual 5205.07 Volumes 1- 4

- Assessment and Authorization Manual (DAAPM)

- BS degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Computer Information Systems, or related discipline is required. Technical experience, skills, and course work completed towards an Undergraduate Degree, or industry IT certifications may be considered in lieu of education or DoD security experience requirements

-Possess a DoD 8570.01-M IAM I baseline certification (e.g. CompTIA Security+). The group will consider someone w/out this certification IF they are willing to obtain in first 6 months at supplier or candidate's expense

-Demonstrated experience with vulnerability scanning and auditing tools and processes is required

-Experience and familiarity with multiple operating systems such as Windows Server 2012, 2016 and 2019, Windows 7 and 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu, Mac, etc.


-A minimum of 5 years of IT security experience in DoD Information Security is preferred

-Technical experience securing networks and systems utilizing DISA STIGs and/or SRGs is highly desired

- Experience with virtualization and Cloud technologies is preferred


Our client, one of the most prestigious Research and Development Labs in the country, is working on solutions to our nation's most complex defense and commercial related challenges. We have placed hundreds of talented engineers with this client over the years - If you are qualified - we can get you in!!!

The mission is critical and the work is as cutting-edge as it is rewarding. The teams are superbly managed groups of world class engineers from all types of interesting and diverse backgrounds - AND THEY ARE HIRING! 

Make this your next career move as one of our many long-term contractors or employees!

Work as our full-time employee with full benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD, PTO, Retirement, etc.)  - OR - work as a W2 hourly contractor at a higher pay rate if you don't need the benefit package.


Founded in 1999, Digital Prospectors is an award-winning recruiting and consulting firm that specializes in placing contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire engineers into rewarding opportunities with our impressive and ever-growing client base. We believe that all people should love their jobs.

Come see why Digital Prospectors has been voted “Best Staffing Firm to Temp For” by Staffing Industry Analysts, "Best of Staffing" for candidate satisfaction by Inavero /, "Top Temporary Placement Firm" by Boston Business Journal, "Best Company To Work For" by Business NH magazine, "Excellence in IT and Engineering Staffing” by TechServe Alliance, "Top IT Services Company" by Inc. Magazine, "Most Reliable Staffing Agency" in Forbes Magazine and "Top Ranked Staffing Firm" by Staffing Industry Analysts.

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