Cloud Security Engineer

Alexandria, VA

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The National Science Foundation Cyber Security and Privacy (CS&P) Services contract team supports a layered, defense-in-depth cyber security environment that provides successive cyber security controls for approximately 2,500 employees at the Alexandria, Virginia Headquarters and additional employees at other locations. The CS&P Services Team is responsible for a comprehensive, agency-wide Cyber Security Program that encompasses all aspects of cyber security. Strategic objectives for the CS&P Services contract are:  data loss prevention; improve network and system security; risk based management; security incident management; and cyber security training and awareness.

Criterion System's has a position open for a Cyber Security Cloud Engineer in Alexandria, Virginia.

This position will be a member of the Cyber Security Operations Team with the responsibility of performing as a Cloud Engineer Subject Matter Expert (SME). This Cyber Security Cloud Engineer position requires providing superior technical knowledge and infrastructure experience to successfully deliver the availability, security, and operations of a varied and complex heterogeneous network. Knowledge of high-level functional systems of analysis, design, integration, documentation and implementation solutions is required. You will assist management and peers with analysis and evaluation of new and existing products, preparation of recommendations for system improvements, optimization, development, and maintenance.

Job Responsibilities:

  • 2+ years of experience with Cybersecurity or Cloud security practices
  • 2+ years of experience with AWS
  • 2+ years of experience with implementing and configuring IT infrastructure systems, including operating systems, applications, databases, firewalls, and networks
  • 2+ years of experience with Microsoft Excel, Visio, and PowerPoint
  • Experience with scripting and API integrations
  • Knowledge of vulnerability assessments, security testing, and intrusion detection
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP networking concepts
  • Expert in Cybersecurity concepts
  • Knowledge of Cyber threats as they relate to Cloud environments
  • Ability to analyze and solve complex challenges
  • Ability to learn new IT expertise and concepts quickly
  • Familiarity and experience using the customer’s tools, technologies and products:
  • FireEye AX, FireEye HX, FireEye NX, FireEye PX, Cylance, Security Onion, EnCase, CyberArk, ForeScout CounterACT, Splunk Enterprise, RSA Archer, ServiceNow, Tenable Security Center (SC), McAfee Endpoint Protection, McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), McAfee VirusScan Enterprise (VSE), McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS)
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) and other cloud tools, technologies and products: AWS Configuration Manager, AWS GuardDuty, AWS Secrets Manager, AWS Parameter Store, Web Application Firewalls, AWS CloudWatch, Twistlock, Secrets, Key Management Services (KMS)
  • Knowledge of Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)Provide Cloud security engineering support to civil and commercial groups. Design and implement Cloud security controls for cutting-edge technologies, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and its toolset, Kubernetes, Docker, Twistlock, WAF, and compliance tools. Build and review network and firewall configurations, configure Nessus scanners, deploy Cloud endpoint agents, and implement Cloud platform best practices. Apply modern development and hosting concepts, including DevSecOps, automation and orchestration to deliver highly secure, resilient, scalable, and efficient solutions. Research new and emerging Cloud and Cybersecurity solutions to solve client challenges. Familiarity with FEDRAMP, TIC and other federal government programs and requirements compliance. Password, Secrets, and key management cloud solution experience.

Minimum Requirements:

  • 8 Years of Experience related to job duties·
  • Bachelor’s Degree or 4 years of experience to be used in lieu of a degree
  • US Citizenship
  • Eligible for a NACI/Public Trust clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM),Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP) or SANS GIAC Security Essentials (GSEC)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker
  • CompTIA Security +

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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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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