Cybersecurity Architect

Clearance Level
Cyber Security
Rockville, Maryland

REQ#: RQ69267

Travel Required: None
Public Trust: NACLC (T3)
Requisition Type: Regular

General Dynamics Information Technology is seeking a Cybersecurity Architect to join our team to support the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Rockville, MD. As a Cybersecurity Architect, you will collaborate with application and system owners to design, document, and deploy complex cybersecurity solutions for business and scientific products in support of the organization’s scientific mission.  

You will work closely with innovative and savvy teammates to expand the existing service offerings with new tools and technologies.  You’ll help automate and streamline our operations and processes, and further the adoption of DevSecOps best practices. We’ll want your opinion on operational processes, DevOps, deployment checklists, cybersecurity best practices, pragmatic approaches to improving our security posture, how to protect and secure legacy systems, and much more.

To be successful in this role, you will like being a part of a team and be capable of teaching others and explaining the “why” behind complicated technical decisions.  

In this role, a typical day might include any of the following:

  • Collaborating with teammates to design cybersecurity solutions for custom business and scientific applications both on-premise and in the cloud. 
  • Joining sprint or adhoc meetings to discuss requirements for products and brainstorm new technical solutions.  Then either collaboratively or independently, implement the solutions, such as a using next-generation firewalls in an east-west configuration to prevent lateral movement, deploying and tuning web application firewalls for hosted applications using DevOps methodologies, or configuring a network-behavioral anomaly detection tool in alignment with our Incident Response Team.  
  • Architecting cybersecurity solutions for legacy systems still providing critical services to the organization’s mission; implementing a complex set of nested, inherited, and compensating controls to protect these critical devices. 
  • Documenting cybersecurity controls as required by federal cybersecurity frameworks to include NIH requirements, the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (to include SP 800-53 and others), and the NIST Risk Management Framework. 
  • Attending a weekly meeting to report your accomplishments, plans, and any roadblocks you encountered.  Your team will do the same, giving you an opportunity to understand and contribute to other ongoing initiatives.
  • Occasionally present to your team or our colleagues, on DevSecOps best practices, new and interesting technologies, and ways you approached and solved challenging technical issues. 

Required Qualifications:

  • BS with 8+ years related experience or MS with 6+ years related experience
  • Experience with enterprise cybersecurity controls, to include: Next-generation firewalls, Intrusion Detection/Prevention Systems, Web Application Firewalls, Next-generation anti-virus/endpoint protection tools, Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) suites, Operating system hardening, Cloud security (particularly with respect to AWS)
  • Experience analyzing solutions components, understanding systems integration challenges, and identifying technology gaps in current components that must be resolved to reach future performance targets and functionality requirements
  • Experience designing and implementing technologies following NIST standards, such as SP 800-53, SP 800-190, and SP 500-291
  • Must be able to obtain a NIH Public Trust
  • Ability to work onsite in Rockville, MD once COVID-19 subsides

Desired Qualifications:

  • Understanding of agile and DevSecOps methodologies
  • Solid communication skills; able to clearly present ideas to both technical and non-technical users and staff
  • Must be able to work with other teams in a collaborative process

What GDIT Can Offer You

  • Leverage best-of-breed technologies to solve complex cybersecurity challenges in support of some of the most important science in the world today.
  • Opportunity to participate in an evolutionary movement.
  • Opportunity to stay at the forefront of distributed computing and DevSecOps approaches. 
  • See the business impact of technology. 

We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.

GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. 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, or any other protected class.