CISSP Jobs - Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO), 14723

at RAND Corporation
Location Santa Monica, CA
Date Posted November 21, 2019
Category Default
Job Type Full-time


The Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) is responsible for helping to provide compliance and oversight of all of RAND Corporation’s Authorization and Accreditation (A&A) requirements, maintaining policies and procedures in accordance with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), Defense Counterintelligence Security Agency (DCSA), Intelligence Community (IC), and other Department of Defense (DoD) regulations as applicable.  Additionally, the position manages the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (SCI) and Special Access Program (SAP) Information Systems (IS) to ensure that all classified IS remain accredited; executes required functions as defined by the IC, DoD and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) in support of the local Information Systems Security Manager (ISSM), Manager, Corporate ISSM and Director, Corporate Security & Safety; and provides services for individuals within the accredited systems.


  • Implements, monitors and maintains the ICDs, RAND’s Security Manual and procedures, DoD and other applicable government sponsor regulations for SCI/SAP and collateral systems
  • Enforces corporate policies to support ICD, and other CI standards
  • Enforces compliance with current Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) for all applicable systems
  • Interfaces with and supports clients in the operation and security of the classified systems
  • Assist the ISSM in establishing, communicating, and improving the collateral and SCI/SAP Information Systems (IS) Security Program    
  • Responsible for the preparation and sustainment for internal self-inspections, DIA and other government inspections
  • Assesses changes by performing periodic self-inspections, tests and reviews of the classified IS program to ensure that systems are operating as authorized/accredited and that conditions have not changed
  • Participates in the planning, installation, implementation, upgrade, problem determination and resolution involving software programs, operating systems, computers, printers, scanners, etc. for collateral and SCI/SAP systems.  Provides budget requirements to the ISSM for the sustainment of the collateral SCI/SAP systems.
  • Ensures protocols are followed for the investigation(s) and resolution of security incidents
  • Performs weekly audits and ensures administrative inquiries/investigations into anomalies found during audit trail analysis are reported to the ISSM for follow on actions
  • Collaborates with the system and network administrators to ensure audit features are configured and enabled correctly
  • Develops and implements the System Security Plans (SSP) and addendums for the facility
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Santa Monica, Washington D.C., or Pittsburgh

Positions Open:



  • At least five or more years’ experience required in Information Technology (IT) in a classified environment or as an ISSO/ISSM in government/industrial security leading other security professionals


  • BS/BA preferred

Basic Qualifications

  • Must hold and maintain a Top Secret security clearance and SCI/program eligibility
  • Must have and maintain a DoD 8570.01-M (Information Assurance Workforce) IAM level 1 certification (e.g. Security+, GSLC, CISM, or CISSP)
  • Experience working with federal/government agencies or defense contractors
  • Experience interfacing with DIA or other government representatives
  • Possesses working knowledge of the DoD, DISA, ICDs and associated IC security regulations, policies, STIGs and laws
  • Possesses extensive knowledge of DIA and other federal government network security processes and procedures
  • Education in the fields of computer science or engineering for technical project managers
  • Technical background with understanding or hands-on experience in software development and web technologies
  • Organizational skills including attention to detail and multi-tasking skills
  • Is familiar with encryption technologies, forensics, penetration and vulnerability analysis of various security technologies and information technology security research
  • Possesses knowledge of Microsoft office products or similar software packages
  • Possesses a strong understanding of operating system (PC, Mac, Linux) and audit log aggregator software
  • Able to configure laptops/desktops, install applications, setup network infrastructure and troubleshoot as required
  • Possesses knowledge of and experience with JWICS, FGI and VoIP systems
  • Possesses excellent oral and written communications skills required for correspondence, reports, briefings, and procedures
  • Demonstrates strong customer service skills
  • Proficient in MS Office Applications
  • Must be able to pass a background check
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs.




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