Albuquerque, NM

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Our staff provides cyber security support to the Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration.

The ISSO serves as a Principal Advisor on all matters involving the security of an Information System (IS). You will have the detailed knowledge and expertise required to manage the security aspects of an information system and is assigned responsibility for the day-to-day security operations of a system. You will assist in the development of the security policies and procedures and ensures compliance with those policies and procedures through ongoing monitoring and assessments. In close coordination with the Information System (IS) owner and the Information System Security Manager (ISSM), you will play an active role in the evaluation or risk associated with a system, enforcing and assessing the controls, monitoring the security impact of changes to the systems, and developing and updating the security documentation associated with the system.


  • Ensure the implementation of DOE and NNSA cyber security policies and procedures for designated information systems
  • Conduct the Assessment and Authorization (A&A) activities for designated systems
  • Document the implementation of protection measures within the security plan for the systems
  • Ensure the appropriate access is provisioned for users of designated systems
  • Identify, assess, and document threats and risks to designated systems 
  • Capture and maintain information system security artifacts
  • Conduct cyber security tests and assessments and provide results of these activities to the ISSM
  • Evaluate the security impact and recommend implementation strategies for security significant changes to the assigned information systems
  • Identify cyber security training needs in terms of job responsibilities or roles
  • Conduct information system risk assessments
  • Respond to and report incidents related to their assigned information systems
  • Develop security processes and procedures to support the ISSM’s Cyber Security Program
  • Create and maintain disaster recovery and incident response plan; participate in associated training
  • Formally and informally present information in group and individual settings
  • Other duties as assigned

Required qualifications/experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with appropriate background and knowledge of current industry technologies/standards for enterprise networks.  (4 years of experience with implementing and managing FISMA, FedRAMP, DoDI 8500.2, HIPAA, or PCI requirements can substitute for the degree; each year of such experience can substitute for a year of education)
  • 5 years of work experience in addition to the degree (or experience substitute); 2 years of which must be in cybersecurity
  • Must be able to obtain DoD 8570 IAT Level II and/or IAT Level III (i.e. CISSP) certification within 6 months of hire
  • Experience with NIST SP 800-53, Risk Management Framework (RMF), and security assessment tools
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with Operating System, Virtualization, and Networking technologies
  • Demonstrate specialized experience applying the principles, practices, and techniques used by information systems security personnel
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint)
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Effective verbal and written communication and presentation skills 
  • Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills
  • Demonstrate initiative and ability to work independently
  • Present strong interpersonal skills that foster the ability to work effectively on teams; communicate effectively
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Active Secret Clearance, SSBI (Single Scope Background Investigation) or Department of Energy "L" Clearance, with the ability to upgrade to a Department of Energy (DOE) “Q” Clearance or the ability to obtain a clearance

Desired qualifications/experience

  • Current DoD 8570 IAT Level II and/or IAT Level III (CISSP) certification
  • Top Secret Security Clearance with ability to gain DOE "Q" Clearance through reciprocity
  • Current DOE "Q" Clearance 

Criterion Systems is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit



Criterion offers comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. Most of our plans are available at no cost for employee only coverage.

Time Off

Employees begin accruing PTO at 15 days per year and acquire more based on seniority. In addition to PTO, Criterion provides 10 holidays and bereavement, military, jury duty, and family medical leave.


  • Roth and Traditional 401(k) Plans with company matching contributions
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • Commuter Benefits


All employees are eligible to use up to $3,000 annually for approved professional development, including trainings, memberships, seminars, and degree programs.

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Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

Criterion Systems, Inc. is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination at all levels of our organization. We believe in treating all applicants and employees fairly and make decisions without regard to an individual’s protected status: race/ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, marital/parental status, pregnancy/childbirth or related conditions, religion, creed, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other protected status.

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Criterion is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for a position with Criterion and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please send an email with your request to or call us at 703-942-5800. Determination on requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.