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Jacobs Senior Security Controls Assessor (SCA) in Columbia, Maryland

Senior Security Controls Assessor (SCA)



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Jacobs has an opening for a Senior Security Controls Assessor (SCA) to support a prime contract in our Columbia, MD office. Duties may include:

  • Conducting a comprehensive assessment of the management, operational, and technical security controls employed within or inherited by an IS to determine the overall effectiveness of the controls (i.e., the extent to which the controls are implemented correctly, operating as intended, and producing the desired outcome with respect to meeting the security requirements for the system).

  • Provide an assessment of the severity of weaknesses or deficiencies discovered in the IS and its environment of operation and recommend corrective actions to address identified vulnerabilities.

  • Assess the overall security compliance of the client’s information systems by actively analyzing security functions for design weaknesses and technical flaws, determining system vulnerabilities by performing vulnerability assessments, and conducting on-site evaluations

  • Conduct verification and validation for security compliance of all information systems, products, and components

  • Analyze design specifications, design documentation, configuration practices and procedures, and operational practices and procedures

  • Provide identification of non-compliance of security requirements and possible mitigations to requirements that are not in compliance






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UPDATE 11/18/2019: The education qualification previously listed on this requisition has been removed. Due to the implementation of a new internal job code structure, this qualification is no longer required.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Twelve (12) years of related work experience. A Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or IT Engineering may be substituted for four years of experience

  • Experience in security or system engineering in five or more areas, including: telecommunications concepts, operating systems, databases/DBMS, middleware, applications, web-servers, SANS/Netaps, Active Directory, firewalls, and controlled interfaces

  • DoD 8570-1M Change 2 IAT Level III or IAM Level III requirements (CASP CE, CCNP Security, CISA, CISSP (or Associate), GCED, GCIH, CISM OR GSLC

  • Active TS/SCI with current polygraph

Additional Qualifications:

  • Strong presentation, report writing and customer interface skills

  • Familiarity with various operations systems such as Microsoft Windows, various versions of UNIX (AIX, Solaris, HPUX, etc), and Linux

  • Detailed knowledge of TCP/IP and other major protocols (i.e. NetBEUI, NETBIOS, IPX/SPX) and the inherent weaknesses of the protocols

  • Understanding of ‘hacking’ methodology concerning performing a vulnerability assessment

  • Ability to describe a system's avenues of compromise in a network environment and differentiate between various types of network attacks

  • An understanding of a typical secure topology and architecture for a site connected to the Internet (i.e. routers, firewalls, web servers)

  • Understanding of how to read and interpret a network diagram and identify possible security related concerns

  • The ability to keep a robust security skill set current and to work on multiple projects concurrently


  • Sign-on bonus is only applicable to external hires\

  • Essential Functions:

Physical Requirements:

  • Working at a computer or desk (Considerations: Sitting, Eyes, Hands)

  • May involve long periods of sitting

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 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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Job Information Technology

Primary Location United States-Maryland-Columbia-20362-VDM4

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: ATE00037M