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Jacobs Sr. Security Control Assessment (SCA) Engineer in Herndon, Virginia

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Your Impact:

Jacobs is seeking a Senior Security Control Assessment Engineer (SCA) in Herndon, VA.

This role conducts independent comprehensive assessments of the management, operational, and technical security controls and control enhancements employed within or inherited by an information technology (IT) system to determine the overall effectiveness of the controls (as defined in NIST SP 800-37).

Duties/Tasks and Responsibilities

  • Support the implementation of comprehensive security controls consistent with risk

  • Perform security testing and security control assessments (SCAs) on federal applications to ensure compliance with the NIST 800-53a and agency specific requirements.

  • Interface with federal employees and contractors to perform the security assessment activities.

  • Document the vulnerability findings to the client and prepare for program deliverables include the Final SCA Packages

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Public Trust security clearance.

  • US Citizenship required.

  • 7+ years of technical experience in cybersecurity

  • 7+ years of experience with certification and accreditation (C&A) or A&A

  • 7+ years of experience as a security control assessor or validator

  • Experience with applying the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

  • Experience with Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)

  • Experience with NIST special publications (SPs) regarding the SA process, including SP 800-53, SP 800-137, SP 800-171, and SP 800-37

  • Experience with developing and managing continuous monitoring and plans of action and milestones (POA&M)

  • Experience with assessing systems and applications deployed in cloud environments following federal, healthcare industry, and broader cybersecurity community guidelines and best practices

  • Supporting the implementation of comprehensive security controls consistent with risk

  • Ability to work with collateral engineers, analysts and managers on related programs

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple tasks simultaneously; coordinating and ensuring scheduled goals are met

  • Able to communicate effectively through written and verbal means to co-workers and senior leadership

Desired Qualifications (desired but not required):

  • Bachelor degree in a field that requires analytical ability; Master’s degree in relevant fields is preferred and may compensate for 2 years of experience

  • Attention to details

  • A team player with a can-do attitude

  • Certification Requirement, one or more of the following:

  • Electronic Commerce Council Certified Ethical Hacker (ECC)

  • GIAC Systems and Network Auditor (GSNA)

  • ISC2 Certified Authorization Professional (CAP)

  • ISC2 Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)

  • ISACA Certified Information System Auditor (CISA)

  • Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

** This positions has the opportunity to get a Public Trust or higher clearance (US Citizenship is required as a result). We are unable to provide sponsorship now or in the future for C2C, H1B, EAD, OPT, and F1 status.

Essential Functions:

Physical Requirements:

Most work will be done at a desk or computer.

Work Environment:

General Office environment. The work environment is fast-paced and sometimes involves extreme deadline pressures. The nature of the work requires a high degree of teamwork and cooperation with other members of the staff as well as individuals across the Company and Customers.

Equipment & Machines:

General office equipment including PC/laptop, Fax, Copiers, Shredder, Printers, Telephone, and other miscellaneous office equipment.


Attendance is critical at all times. Must be able to work a 40-hour workweek, normally Monday through Friday. However, times and days may vary depending on business requirements. Needs to be available to work overtime during critical peaks and be available to meet last minute requests for overtime should the situation occur.

Other Essential Functions:

Must be able to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation.

Must be able to interface with individuals at all levels of the organization both verbally and in writing. Must be well-organized with the ability to coordinate and prioritize multiple tasks simultaneously. Must work well under pressure to meet deadline requirements. Must be willing to travel as needed. Must take and pass a drug test and background check as well as a motor vehicle records check. Must be a US citizen.




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