Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO)

The Aerospace Corporation
Crystal City, VA
Added: April 16, 2024
The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Job Summary

Security and Safety and Special Programs Security provides quality leadership, services and solutions to safeguard people and the environment, secure and protect company information and assets and enhance operational efficiency for the Corporation. You will serve as the Information Assurance Specialist responsible for interpreting and applying government customer policies.

Work Model

Onsite: This position is located in Crystal City, VA.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • You will interpret and apply policies regarding data handling, computers, and networks in collaboration with internal and National Security Space customers
  • You will coordinate Aerospace and customer secure network activities with all stake holders throughout implementation, authorization, operation, maintenance, and disestablishment of these classified information systems
  • Establish, implement, maintain, and monitor the overall security compliance posture of classified information systems under the Risk Management Framework
  • Attain and maintain Collateral systems Assessment & Authorizations to Operate (ATO’s)
  • Work with IC customer RMF processes commensurate with clearance level
  • Utilize IC RMF tools such as SNOW, XACTA, SCAP and others to maintain SCI level assets if appropriate
  • Lead the classified incident handling process and oversee the reporting and investigation of information system security related incidents
  • Facilitate data transfers for users between systems of differing classification levels

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • High School Diploma with 5 or more years of experience, or Associate’s Degree with 3 or more years of experience
  • Security+ or equivalent a IAM level I DOD 8570 certification
  • Experience with the RMF process, NIST 800-53, DAAPM, NISPOM, or related IA doctrine
  • In-depth knowledge of computer operating systems
  • Provide on-site support for all security actions in accordance with corporate and governmental policies and directives
  • This position requires an active Top Secret security clearance, which is issued by the US Government and U.S. Citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Master’s or Bachelor's degree in Cybersecurity, Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science or related field
  • SCI eligibility with or without an adjudicated CI polygraph
  • SAP knowledge and information assurance background
  • A strong portfolio of systems through the complete RMF process
  • Extensive knowledge and expertise with eMASS
  • Experience with providing incident response by investigating and reporting classified messaging incidents
  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Excellent project management skills

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.