Cyber Information Assurance Specialist (Early/Mid-Career)

Sandia National Laboratories



Albuquerque, NM


Position summary

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
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  • 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*

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Component, Science, Engineering, and Production department, org 7577, is seeking a highly motivated Cyber Information Assurance Specialist to join our supportive and highly collaborative team responsible for providing cyber assurance services to Sandia’s Component, Science, Engineering, and Production center (7500). The successful candidate is a self-starter who will help implement policies and best practices for cyber security, operational technology security, and networks. This position is customer focused and requires troubleshooting and problem solving related to security for highly specialized equipment. The successful candidate will partner with customers and team members to understand mission need and schedule to develop and implement solutions that ensure secure delivery of the Center’s mission.

This position will also require working with other security and IT professionals across the laboratories to assess and determine how best to configure complex and integrated information systems to conform to NIST and CNSS requirements. In addition, the successful candidate will participate in projects to implement new requirements and process improvements. This is an excellent opportunity for an individual seeking to join an element of Sandia’s cyber security community that is integrated with the mission.

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

  • Develop, administer, and document the security of distributed computing systems, including operating systems, shared components, and networks.
  • Ensures that all software, hardware, and firmware changes are recorded per established configuration management procedures.
  • Ensures that systems are operated, maintained, and disposed of in accordance with applicable governing policies and procedures.
  • Implements vendor-supplied authentication, auditing, and other security-relevant features.
  • Conducts periodic reviews and audits to ensure compliance with established government information assurance security policies and procedures.
  • Coordinates and communicates with business area managers and professional staff on system security compliance and information assurance technical assistance.
  • Creates system security plans and authorization agreements that meet certification and accreditation requirements.
  • Assists in briefing authorized individuals before they are granted access to classified information systems.
  • Reports all security incidents to specified authorities; investigates, documents, and reports incidents; and provides protective and corrective measures in response to such incidents.

Due to the nature of the work, the selected applicant must be able to work on-site for at least 20% of their work week.

Qualifications We Require:

  • Bachelor's degree in Cyber Security, Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, Computer Science, or other relevant field or combination of education and experience that are demonstrably equivalent to perform the duties of the job.
  • Experience researching, evaluating, and applying IT and/or cyber security requirements, directives, guidance, and policies to IT systems.
  • Active DOE L clearance with the ability to obtain and retain a DOE Q clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Master’s degree in Cyber Security, Management Information Systems, Information Assurance, Computer Science, or other equivalent field.
  • Certifications in cyber security (https://e.g., CISSP, Security+, GICSP, etc.).
  • Experience with cyber security, information assurance, information security, or operational technology.
  • Experience achieving authorization to operate (ATO) for computer systems.
  • Experience working with cyber security programs at Sandia or in the Federal government.
  • Previous experience as a Cyber Security Representative (CSR) at Sandia.
  • Experience with security governance and compliance.
  • Familiarity with Sandia’s security policies and security plans.
  • Experience with system administration or network administration.
  • DOE Q Clearance

About Our Team:

The Component, Science, Engineering, and Production (CSEP) Department (org. 7577) provides cyber technology products and services to customers throughout Sandia’s Component, Science, Engineering, and Production center (org. 7500). The mission centric work performed by the department is highly varied, challenging, interesting, and often visible to upper management. Department 7577's embedded, cyber security team has deep knowledge and experience with manufacturing products, processes, and people, and we partner extensively with colleagues across Sandia’s CIO organization (IT and Cyber). The department also provides Oracle manufacturing operational support and expertise; computer science support and small application development; reporting, visualization, and analytics; and production test system support (PST) to the center.

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.

Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L security clearance to start, or equivalent active security clearance with another https://U.S. government agency (https://e.g., DOD).

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 maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires https://U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (https://i.e., of the https://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.

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.

Job ID: 691495

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  • Flexible work schedule where working from home and taking every other Friday off are viable options.

  • Retirement - 401 (k)

  • Career development: Career mobility to change projects and teams as you wish, mentoring opportunities with top scientists and engineers.