Criterion Systems Information Systems Security Engineer ISSE in Washington, District Of Columbia

At Criterion Systems, we developed a different kind of business—a company whose real value is a reputation for excellence built upon the collective skills, talents, perspectives, and backgrounds of its people. Our differentiators: employee-owned Federal government IT services contractor founded in 2005; high employee retention rate because of excellent benefits and a focus on job flexibility and work/life balance; leadership team comprised of individuals who have successfully built and run businesses. We have grown our workforce each year for the past seven years with annual growth of at least 30% in the past four years! Our employees are the company’s most valuable assets. Are you ready to be appreciated?

Criterion Systems has an immediate opening for anInformation Systems Security Engineer (ISSE)to join an Information Assurance team on a project with the U.S. Department of Energy. This position is located in Washington DC.


The primary responsibilities of the INFORMATIONSYSTEMS SECURITY ENGINEER (ISSE)is to utilize and configure existing cybersecurity tools to perform the monitoring, analysis, correlation and reporting of cybersecurity issues and incidents. Other responsibilities are to provide guidance and recommendations for new tools based on changes in threats, architecture, technological advances, or organization mission; implementation of new tools and modifications to architecture; updates, maintenance, and monitoring of cyber security tools; analyze changes, events, and other potential incidents for risk to the environment; event analysis, incident determination, and incident management. This position reports directly to leadership; must have strong verbal and written communication skills for presentations related to activities.


  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university emphasizing information systems management and/or security arena. Specific experience in technical security may be substituted for education requirements.

  • Demonstrate specialized experience (minimum of 3 years) applying the principles, practices, and techniques used by cyber security personnel. Demonstrated capability to identify security risks throughout information system network structures to include the Operating Systems, hardware, and various data transfer protocols.

  • Experience with Security Incident and Event Management tools, Log Management and Correlation tools, and Antivirus/anti-malware tools.

  • Must have a strong working knowledge of the TCP/IP protocol, network traffic analysis, firewall functionality, log analysis, and be able to troubleshoot in all areas.

  • Must also understand and be able to utilize various Linux and Windows-based Operating Systems in an IDS/IPS architecture. This will include sensor and management systems operating on either platform, scripting environments for each, backups of IDS/IPS data, updates, testing, and data analysis.

  • Effective communication and presentation skills (i.e., ability to present ideas effectively in formal and informal situations in group and individual settings).

  • Strong planning, organizational, and time management skills (i.e., ability to effectively plan, organize, and prioritize work, and to control and follow up to assure work completion).

  • Demonstrated initiative (i.e. initiate appropriate action without being directed) and ability to work independently.

  • Strong interpersonal skills (e.g., ability to work effectively on teams, communicate effectively, teach/motivate/counsel students, work/interact effectively and amicably with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and with diverse personal attributes).

Clearance Requirements:

  • US Citizenship

  • Active DOE Q, DoD TS or equivalent US Government security clearance

    Experience with implementing, monitoring and maintaining the following technologies is preferred:

Experience with forensics is a plus

Windows Server Operating Systems

Tennable SecurityCenter

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

SourceFire IPS



HP WebInspect

McAfee ePO