Cyber Security Engineer - 26270 in Fairfax, VA at Alion Science and Technology

Date Posted: 8/11/2018

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    Fairfax, VA
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Job Description


Under general supervision, the Cyber Security Engineer will design, test and implement state-of-the art secure operating systems, networks, and database products. The Cyber Security Engineer will also analyze a wide range of security issues including architectures, firewalls, electronic data traffic, and network access.


  • Involved in the implementation of new security solutions, participation in the creation and or maintenance of policies, standards, baselines, guidelines and procedures as well as conducting vulnerability audits and assessments.
  • Participates in the design of vulnerability assessments, penetration tests and security audits and provides recommendations for application design.
  • Uses encryption technology, penetration and vulnerability analysis of various security technologies, and information technology security research.
  • Participates in the design and development of new systems, applications, and solutions for external customer enterprise-wide cyber systems and networks. This shall include the development of a system that shall simulate Malware for Security/Network Operations Center evaluation and develop a flexible user interface for simulation development, execution, and review.
  • Provide the ability to conduct attack simulations by periodically sending benign traffic representative of malware command and control activities
    across a live network for the purposes of evaluating operations center performance.
  • Conduct network penetration (Red Team) tests and vulnerability tests as required
  • Conduct analytics on information relevant to malicious software and threat actor behaviors. Information of this nature shall be sourced either through open Internet collection means, gathered through malware analysis, or provided by the sponsor
  • Develop an automated, modular Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) gathering and analysis system for identifying cyber threats as information is communicated on the Internet or within The Onion Router’s (TOR) “dark web”
  • Identify secure solutions and architectural approaches to address weaknesses in the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the as-is primary data bases, and mitigating solutions to those weaknesses
  • Helps to ensure the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
  • May assist with proposals, including gathering facts, analyzing data and preparing project overview which compares alternatives in terms of cost, time, availability of equipment and personnel, etc.
  • Participates in integrating new architectural features into existing infrastructures, designs cyber security architectural artifacts, provides architectural analysis and relates existing system to future needs and trends.
  •  Embeds forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction, provides engineering recommendations, and resolves integration/testing issues.
  • Identify and document current data protection standards and recommend “to-be” adjustments to policy consistent with increased security and reduced vulnerability to threats. Identify and recommend best practices for safeguarding information (unclassified, restricted, classified, etc.)
  • Participates in the creation and enforcement of enterprise security documents (policies, standards, baselines, guidelines and procedures). Maintains documentation, procedures and working instructions in accordance with federal and departmental guidelines.
  • Reviews logs and reports and interprets the implications. Participates in investigations into problematic activity and assists with plans for appropriate resolution. 
  • May assist with proposals, including gathering facts, analyzing data and preparing project overview which compares alternatives in terms of cost, time, availability of equipment and personnel, etc.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Assurance, Computer Science, or a related field plus 2 to 4 years of directly related experience.  An Information Assurance certification in compliance with DoD 8570 (e.g. Security+) is required.
  • Master’s degree in Cyber Security, Information Assurance, or related discipline preferred.
  • A security clearance of an appropriate level may be required after employment.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail.



Diversity Statement

Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.  Alion will provide a reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans who need assistance to apply.  Please visit the Alion Careers site for more information

U.S. Citizenship Required.

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