Information System Security Officer (ISSO) Lead / Space Programs

Job Locations US-NM-Las Cruces
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Position Category
Cyber Security
Space & Intelligence


Peraton is seeking an Information System Security Officer (ISSO) Lead to support our NASA customer at the White Sands Complex (WSC) in Las Cruces, NM for the Space Exploration Network Services and Evolution (SENSE) program. This position will have a specific emphasis on IT cybersecurity management.


In this role, you will help lead our cybersecurity organization for NASA SENSE, providing leadership in a unique mission-based IT environment, which includes a mix of traditional Information Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT), and oversight of a team of cybersecurity professionals who maintain compliance with Federal mandates, and protect key components of the US national space infrastructure. You will interface with senior Program Management, our NASA customer, vendors, and internal Engineering teams, to play an active role in maintaining and securing existing IT/OT environments, while participating in planning for the future state of the same environments. You will work in a dynamic, team-based development environment. 


Peraton is the prime contractor for NASA at the White Sands Complex (WSC) near Las Cruces, New Mexico. Operating here are two functionally identical satellite ground terminals: The White Sands Ground Terminal, and the Second TDRSS Ground Terminal. These ground terminals ensure uninterrupted communications between various ground stations, NASA’s orbiting fleet of Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS), customer spacecraft (satellites), and the computer systems that support such spacecraft. WSC serves as an interface for distributing satellite data to control centers and scientists who then use the daily influx of data to expand our ever-growing knowledge of the Earth and the universe.



This position will be responsible for:

  • Manage a team of IT cybersecurity professionals responsible for the overall cybersecurity posture of the program and its IT and OT assets, as well as compliance with customer and Federal security mandates and reporting requirements.
  • Develop and grow existing and new team members to foster collaboration, career development, and a culture of ownership and accountability in ITSM/Cybersecurity Excellence.
  • Manage and improve individual mission and cross-collaborative approaches across the SENSE program.
  • Identify risk in the Program’s cybersecurity posture and develop remediation plans and projects.
  • Maintain a mature IT cybersecurity practice across the program which includes:
    • Maintaining a proactive IT Security environment and culture.
    • Reviewing, planning, and preparing Assessment and Authorization processes for program projects with Information System Security Officers (ISSO).
    • Facilitating annual system reviews, including internal and 3rd party Control Assessments.
    • Providing guidance, monitoring, and reporting on the program Plan of Action and Milestone (POAM) closure and reporting process.
    • Identifying and assessing IT Security infrastructure tools, use-cases, and system designs to reflect trending global events and cyber security vulnerabilities.
    • Ensuring compliance with NASA IT Security policy and procedures.
    • Interfacing with NASA IT Security personnel, including Security Control Assessors.
    • Leading forensic reviews for IT Security incidents and report up to program management.
    • Reviewing and guide updates to program Security Plans and artifact deliverables.
    • Managing diverse teams focused on effective and efficient management of Windows and Linux Systems, IT and Networking Infrastructure, and Operational Technology that is critical to real-time mission services.
  • Provide workforce education and mentoring to maintain the IT Security, IT System Administration, and Network Engineering culture across program.


Required Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, or other related science and 8+ years of experience.
  • In lieu of degree, 12+ years of related experience is allowable (Associate degree may substitute for 2 years of experience).
  • 5+ years of supervisory management experience in a datacenter or enterprise ITSM/Security environment
  • 3+ years of experience serving in the role of Information System Security Officer (ISSO)
  • Experience with Windows and Linux Systems, IT and Networking Infrastructure.
  • Familiarity with ATO in the context of Federal IT/OT systems
  • Experience with writing IT Security and/or IT Systems process and plan documentation
  • IT Project management and/or team supervisory experience
  • Understanding of NIST 800-53 and DISA STIG requirements and their applicability to implementation and operation of US Federal IT/OT system.
  • DoD 8570 compliant at IA Technical (IAT)/IA Management (IAM) Level 3 IAM DoD level 3 (CISM or CISSP)
  • Knowledge of DoD 8510.01 Risk Management Framework for DoD IT
  • Experience designing, developing, implementing, and enforcing security requirements.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.
  • Security Clearance - this position requires the candidate to be able to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret security clearance.  In order to obtain a clearance, you need to be a US Citizen and show proof of citizenship. An Interim Secret clearance is acceptable to start.   

Desired Experience:

  • Active Secret clearance
  • Previous experience working in the NASA IT/OT environment.
  • Previous experience with any Federal Agency ITSM operations and IT leaderships
  • Experience with concepts related to FedRAMP, and other authorization/certification and endorsements for systems operating in the Federal space.
  • Experience in identifying and implementing process improvements efficiencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate teams in a complex environment.
  • Ability to multitask effectively between program projects, subcontractor personnel, and project civil servant community.
  • Good communication skills - able to run meetings with project teams and coordinate with technical and non-technical staff.
  • Excellent teamwork, collaboration, and proactive interactions
  • Data Analytics or Security Operations Center (SOC) experience
  • PMP Certification
  • CISSP Certification



Peraton Overview

Peraton drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted and highly differentiated national security solutions and technologies that keep people safe and secure. Peraton serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies across the intelligence, space, cyber, defense, civilian, health, and state and local markets. Every day, our employees do the can’t be done, solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers.

Target Salary Range

$80,000 - $128,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.

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An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.


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