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Filter by Date: Mar 21, 2019

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44606 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The primary function of the Information System Security Manager is to ensure security policies, standards, and procedures are implemented in a way that aligns with the Aerospace and Government customer requirements. This position is responsible for supporting Department of Defense (DoD) agencies and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) activities. This position supports both Aerospace and Government customers within a classified environment and is responsible for managing assets not individuals.



  • Functions as the alternate site Information System Security Manager (ISSM) for the Strategic and Global Awareness (SGA) Directorate within the Defense Systems Group.
  • Coordinates (as the alternate ISSM) technical assessments with the primary government site Information System Security Manager (ISSM)
  • Provides counsel to the SGA management and staff, as well SMC and other government organizations, relative to information assurance practices, issues and concerns, insuring continued mission success.
  • Obtains government Approval(s) to Operate (ATOs) – through the appropriate government channels – by creating and maintaining System Security Plans (SSPs) and other related documentation per system for multiple government customers. Most SSPs are created within Xacta.
  • Reviews, develops, and implements Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for existing and future computer systems.
  • Conducts weekly audit log reviews (using applications such as ArcSight) for inappropriate activity.
  • Conducts hardware tracking, using IA tools, such as, System Center Configuration Manager and Nessus.
  • Conducts evaluation and analysis of software/hardware intended for use on the classified systems.
  • Obtains approval (through the appropriate government channels) for hardware and software utilized on classified systems.
  • Prepares for and assists with government inspections. Documents and executes test procedures.
  • Ensures Government security policies, procedures, and standards are understood and followed by personnel.
  • Provides guidance for classified media control in accordance with ICS 500-18, and insures media logs are properly maintained.
  • Monitors low to high and high to low data transfers performed by data transfer agents (DTA) to insure compliance with government regulations
  • Possesses the knowledge of techniques to sanitize system components, memory, and media – and to verify IT personnel has properly implemented
  • Understands complex Government regulations and translates them into necessary technical and security solutions.
  • Trains and briefs staff on information assurance for classified systems. Verifies (through appropriate channels) users have appropriate security clearances and need to know. Provides initial IA briefing and annual refresher.
  • Reviews records of end-user issues submitted to the appropriate classified help desk in accordance with government policies and practices.
  • Reports security incidents (including classified messaging incidents) and assists with the resulting investigation, as required. Ensures proper protection or corrective measures have been taken.
  • Communicates regularly with Government (and Aerospace) customers for status of requests and facilitating the completion of requests.



  • Eight (8) or more years of progressively more responsible experience in Information Assurance or other relevant field with a Bachelors Degree
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple assets through the assessment and authorization (A&A) process to obtain the Approval to Operate (ATO)
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), or other DoD 8570 IAM III compliant baseline certification, or the ability to obtain certification within nine months of hire date
  • Current TS/SSBI w/ CI Poly



  • Experience with the assessment and authorization (A&A) process and obtaining Approval to Operate (ATO) for multiple systems
  • Experience with the control families in NIST 800-53 and the tests necessary to show the controls have been properly implemented. Understanding of Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability and how CNNSI 1253 determines these for federal information systems
  • Experience with ICD-503 and other Intelligence Community Directives/Standards
  • Experience in utilizing compliance and vulnerability tools; such as Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) and Nessus
  • Experience with IA tools, such as, ArcSight, Solar Winds, and Xacta, which are government resources
  • Understand Intelligence Community Vulnerability Alerts (ICVA) and Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE)
  • Must possess time management and project management skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects/priorities at the same time
  • Ability to work under minimal supervision, to self-initiate activities, and to work within timelines
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated flexibility and the ability to adapt to changing organizational needs as dictated by the customers
  • Effective interpersonal skills to coordinate efforts and work with internal corporate and external government organizations
  • Must work well in team environment
  • Customer service orientation
  • Must possess strong organizational skills
  • Must be detail oriented



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Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

Relocation Available:  No 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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