Jacobs ICS/SCADA Security Engineer in Columbia, Maryland

ICS/SCADA Security Engineer


“Jacobs National Security Solutions (NSS) provides world-class IT network and service management capabilities; cutting edge cyber threat awareness and cybersecurity solutions; innovative web- and software applications development; and advanced data analytics for major clients in the Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and Federal Civilian Agencies.

Our forward thinking solutions deliver an integrated approach to IT network design and management, full lifecycle IT service management, IT service delivery, asset management, logistics and procurement, and vendor management. We leverage the expertise and passion of our employees to conduct identity and access management, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessments for our nation’s most closely guarded agencies and networks. Our Cyber Security Operations Centers ensure safe, effective network operations for Federal clients while our data scientists are helping stop illegal acts before they can endanger Americans or our way of life.

Jacobs promotes a culture of operational excellence to create a safer, smarter, and more connected world while upholding the highest standards of compliance, quality and integrity.

We continue to thrive and need your talent and motivation to help propel us farther, faster.”

Jacobs is seeking an ICS/SCADA Security Engineer in Columbia, Maryland.

  • Design and secure operational technology networks across a range of industries

  • Solve complex digital and operational security problems facing Industrial Control Systems (ICS) used within the nation’s critical infrastructure cyber-landscape.

  • Assess the robustness of cybersecurity architectures, technologies, and procedures being implemented within organizational facilities, especially oriented toward cloud-based environments.

  • Design comprehensive technical solutions that meet client requirements and implement the appropriate software to mitigate critical security risks (e.g., system and mobile antivirus software, encryption modules, patch management programs, insider threat protection, incident response plans, forensic capabilities, and regulation compliance).

  • Conduct vulnerability assessments and administrative audits on client computer systems and network devices considering the sensitivity of Operational Technology testing.

  • Lead collaboration efforts with other cybersecurity experts on team to develop well-constructed approaches to ICS risk management, mitigation, and monitoring strategies.

  • Provide training to organizational employees regarding protective ICS cybersecurity measures and the understanding of social engineering risks and tactics.

  • Responsible for securing systems running ICS-related communications protocols (e.g., MODBUS, DNP3, S7, etc.)

  • Engineers/develops middleware and scripts for Linux and/or Windows environments

  • Engineers security solutions for real-time and/or performance-sensitive systems

  • Applies whitelisting solutions in ICS environments

  • Conducts Independent Verification and Validation of competing solutions

  • Develops simulated ICS environments within a virtual infrastructure

  • Clearly communicate ideas, present, and explain technical knowledge to management and other stakeholders

  • Research and engineer new security solutions and write research papers, proposals and presentations

  • Up to 50% travel worldwide


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • BS degree in a computer or system science discipline from an accredited college or university and eight (8) to twelve (12) years of progressive, relevant experience, or and MS degree in a computer or system science discipline and seven (7) to ten (10) years of progressive experience, or a Ph.D. degree in a computer or system science discipline and two (2) to five (5) years or progressive experience

  • 10 years’ experience with cyber security technologies with at least 5 years serving critical infrastructure/industrial control systems (ICS) to include SCADA HCI systems, PLCs, RTUs, etc.)

  • Ability to apply skills across a broad range of domains to include Water, Oil and Gas, Energy, Building/Facility Management Systems and Smart Cities.

  • Working knowledge of system security design process, defense-in-depth/breadth, engineering life cycle, information domains, cross domain solutions, identification, authentication, and authorization, system integration, risk management, intrusion detection, contingency planning, incident handling, configuration control, change management, auditing, certification and accreditation process, principles of IA (confidentiality, integrity, non-repudiation, availability, access control), and security testing

  • Ability to research and engineer new security solutions and write research papers, proposals and presentations

  • Understands threat landscape of network-connected ICS technology

  • Strong technical writing skills.

  • Understands fundamentals of technical security risk assessment

  • Understands requirements engineering

  • Current Windows certification for Windows 7, 8, 10 and/or Server 2008/12 a plus

  • Desired Certifications: GICSP, CCNP, and/or CISSP, A , Netork , or Security

Essential Functions

Work Environment:

An inside office environment (Considerations: Closed quarters, lighting, and temperature fluctuations)

Needs to be able to work well with and support co-workers and clients

Needs to have clear, concise and accurate communication skills

Equipment and Machines:

Standard office equipment and machines, computer workstation


Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary to meet deadlines. Regular attendance is necessary and required

Other Essential Functions:

Must be able to communicate, verbal and written, effectively

Must demonstrate professional behavior at all times when dealing with clients, management and employees

Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk to the employee or others

Must be able to support and work in a proactive team environment

Must hold the safety of yourself and those around you as the number one priority in the workplace

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Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Maryland-Columbia

Req ID: I2S0002SL