Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO)

Washington D.C.
Mar 14, 2019
Mar 18, 2019
Full Time
Job Description

Department Marketing Statement:

This position will be the Team Lead for the Incident Response program which is responsible for guiding the initiatives for threat detection and malicious activity monitoring using a variety of tools including network intrusion detection sensors, intrusion protection sensors, and anomaly detection systems on WMATA’s network. The ISSO performs analysis of security system log files, reviews and tracks triggered events, researches current and future cyber threats, reconciles correlated cyber security events, develops and modifies new and current cyber security correlation rule sets, and operates security equipment and technology.  The Team Lead will be required to monitor key security infrastructure elements, identify security events, perform analysis, and initiate response activities in accordance with established incident response rules and procedures.

Experience with Anti-Virus, Host Based Security Services, Intrusion Detection Systems, Firewalls and Security Information and Event Management (SEIM) solutions is highly preferred.


Minimum Qualifications:

Extensive and progressively more responsible and diversified experience and expertise with information security engineering, operations, or management.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or Mathematics and five (5) years experience in progressively responsible and diversified executive level information systems, information security, data processing management and technical experience in a large organization including extensive experience in the development of major IT policies and related supervisory experience.

Or, an equivalent combination of post-high school education, and at least eleven (11) years of experience in progressively responsible and diversified executive level information systems, data processing management and technical experience in a large organization including extensive experience in the development of major IT policies and related supervisory experience.

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required.  The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.

Job Summary/Duties:

The ISSO will manage the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Metro's information and resources. The ISSO will have broad knowledge of security policies, procedures and best practices, along with hands-on experience designing, implementing and supporting security products and technologies.

The incumbent of this position is responsible for tactical direction of security policy and systems development, implementation, and technical oversight of the Metro IT Security Program as directed by the Chief, IT Security.  Under the direction and supervision of Deputy Chief, IT Security, the ISSO will:

Generate, review, and submit system security plans for relevant systems and implement security policy throughout the system’s life cycle and provide technical engineering services for the support of integrated security systems and solution.

Plan and develop security measures to safeguard information and systems against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure.

Identify deficiencies with information systems and recommend/implement design changes as appropriate.

Participate in investigations of suspected information security misuse or in compliance reviews as needed.

Communicate unresolved security exposures, misuse or non-compliance situations to management.

Ensures security-related documentation is created and updated in a timely manner and recommends installation, modification or replacement of any system component, hardware or software, and any configuration change that affects the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of The Authority’s systems.

Use extensive knowledge of the Metro's business/industry to identify technological developments and evaluate impacts on the client's business.

Demonstrate excellent project management skills, inspire teamwork and responsibility with engagement team members, and use current technology/tools to enhance the effectiveness of deliverables and services.

Manage group(s) responsible for technical security which includes firewalls, content servers, mutli-factor authentication, disk encryption, load balancers, intrusion detection prevention systems, anti-virus, certificate servers, desktop firewalls and vulnerability scanners.

Maintains and recommends to the Chief, IT Security methods to maintain strict confidentiality in respect to all WMATA records kept in any electronic or magnetic form,  including those developed or maintained by the Board of Directors or WMATA with regard to labor relations and collective bargaining.  Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to his or her access to "sensitive" information relating to the Authority's business including but not limited to collective bargaining.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment.  It is not intended to replace the official job description.  Job Descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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