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Sandia National Laboratories Information Assurance Specialist (Early/Mid Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico


Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that helps tackle some the most challenging issues facing our nation's security? If this sounds intriguing to you, keep reading.

We are seeking an Information Assurance Specialist to join our team.

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

  • You will aid in the creation of new and the reaccreditation of existing cyber security plans.
  • Determine security requirement gaps and providing recommendations or mitigations for addressing the gaps.
  • You will work closely with our Information Security Site Manager (ISSM), Information System Security Officers (ISSOs) and system administrators to provide interpretation of NIST/CNSSI requirements and guidelines along with validation testing.
  • Work with the above personnel in the creation of Enterprise Control Libraries.
  • Gather, organize and present information requested in Federal Cyber Security data calls.

Are you also able to handle a high stress environment while successfully partnering with customers in multiple departments? If so, this position could be perfect for you.


  • Requires bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, or relevant discipline plus five or more years of experience; or master's degree in Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, or relevant discipline; or equivalent experience (a minimum of 13 years of relevant experience required to qualify in lieu of a relevant degree).
  • Previous experience with information systems and application of security controls


  • Active DOE Q or DOD TS security clearance
  • Experience working with a federal cyber security program
  • Prior experience performing cyber security assessments
  • Knowledge and experience of DOE/NNSA cyber security orders and policies; relevant federal and private standards and requirements (e.g., NIST, ISO, CNSS, STIGS)
  • CISSP certification
  • Prior system administration experience, to include a deep understanding of common operating systems (e.g. Windows, Linux, and Mac) and networking architectures.
  • Prior experience as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO).
  • Deep understanding of the Risk Management Framework as documented in various NIST publications.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories' Cyber Security Assurance Department is responsible for defending and protecting Sandia's cyber environment against threats to its information; thus enabling successful execution of mission work. The foundation of the Cyber Security Assurance Program is our risk management framework which establishes how Sandia implements the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Program Cyber Security Plan. Our cyber security assurance responsibilities include architecting solutions to satisfy ever-changing mission needs within an acceptable risk tolerance, effectively applying technical controls and staying within certification and accreditation parameters. Additionally, the Cyber Assurance Program performs research, development and assessment of technical and administrative cyber controls for the purpose of ensuring a secure environment. We do this through careful determination and understanding of Sandia's risk posture, tolerances, and mitigation plans from a cyber-security perspective.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level 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 must 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.

EEO Statement:

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.