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Cyber Assurance Architect (Early/Mid-Career)

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 688783

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Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Salary Range:

$88,600 - $172,300

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a dedicated Cyber Assurance Architect to join our team to develop cyber policy for the organization and provide guidance on implementation of security controls and mitigations. This candidate will lead USNDS security plans and collaborate with Sandia ISSM/AISSM and DOE AO. Perform system certification and accreditation planning and testing. Join us to develop creative solutions to unique national security challenges!

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Focus on operational security and respond to inquiries related to cyber security. Assess and mitigate threats and risks.

  • Develop and maintain detailed security reporting capabilities and effectively analyze security scans as feedback for system revisions.

  • Verify and validate security requirements compliance.

  • Understand and stay up-to-date with industry standard methodologies and ground breaking security landscapes.

  • Take on unknown cyber risks and threats with structured methodology. Deliver cyber policy awareness and education briefings and documentation. Review security logs & SIEM dashboards for signs of attacks.

  • Use security data from internal and external alerting and requirements sources in an effort to implement effective mitigations.

  • Partner with computer incident response team.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant will be required to work onsite at the Albuquerque, NM location.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or relevant STEM field, plus 1 year of demonstrated experience in above disciplines.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-Level clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Experience in a cyber-related field such as systems administration, network administration, software development, or computer security.

  • Experience working in a US Government cyber security program, or knowledge and experience with Risk Management Framework (RMF) or Sandia's cyber security requirements.

  • Experience creating and managing security plans and assessing compliance with the plans.

  • Experience with DOE or DoD processes for gaining and retaining cyber accreditation for computer systems, software, and networks.

  • Demonstrated technical writing skills.

  • Ability to apply cyber security standards, directives, guidance and policies to an architectural framework.

  • Cybersecurity certifications (e.g. CISSP, CEH, CISM, Security+).

  • Configuration Management experience.

  • Ability to develop and lead integrated solution roadmaps and identify architectural risk and propose alternatives.

  • Experience with or understanding of network and system administration.

  • Experience with ground breaking forensic tools and techniques for attack reconstruction, including dead system analysis and volatile data collection.

  • Active DOE Q or TS/SCI.

About Our Team:

The Space Ground Systems Programs leads the design, development, and delivery of the operational ground segment of the United States Nuclear Detonation Detection System (USNDS). USNDS is a space-based remote sensing system designed to meet national security needs for both the war fighter and the treaty monitoring community. The team provides leadership and advanced technical solutions throughout the life cycle of these systems, from inception of new systems to enhancing capability in currently operational systems.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 688783

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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