Program Lead, Cybersecurity Engineering

Washington D.C
Aug 19, 2019
Aug 25, 2019
Full Time
Department Marketing Statement

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) is building a state-of-the-art cybersecurity program to better protect the critical transit infrastructure supporting our nation's capital. The Cybersecurity Engineering (CE) Program Lead role reports to the Information System Security Manager (ISSM) for Infrastructure and Engineering and serves as the lead Information System Security Engineer (ISSE) on a team of ISSEs tasked to develop security solutions to address critical security control gaps at the enterprise and information system level, and meet with service owners to navigate the intersection of innovative security and IT demands/schedules. The CE Program Lead shall support the ISSM in addressing all cybersecurity, privacy and compliance issues not currently met by Metro tools, technology or processes. Successful candidates will be expected to manage efforts around NIST risk management framework implementation and guiding more junior ISSEs in the application of the framework. The CE Program Lead shall create system security documentation for entity authorization and lead continuous monitoring efforts for entities in production.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Management or a similar technical computer or cybersecurity engineering degree

  • Six (6) years of experience in a technical role having supported cybersecurity engineering and/or penetration testing

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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

The Cybersecurity Engineer - Lead is responsible for determining system security requirements. The engineer also designs the security layout or architecture of a system or network and determines required security tools and existing tool functionality. The employee implements system security by ensuring that the entire system works as planned. This includes testing and documenting the entire system. Through penetration testing, or ethical hacking, the engineer is required to conduct formal tests on web-based applications, networks, and other types of computer systems on a regular basis and is expected to conduct regular security audits from both a logical and theoretical standpoint and a technical, hands-on standpoint, resulting on written reports and action plans.

Additional Criteria for Progression:
  • Note: Progression is not automatic nor guaranteed and is dependent on successfully completing the specified workload requirements
  • Candidates for promotion meet the minimum qualifications and work experience of the next career ladder series job before consideration for advancement

Essential Functions
  • Provides program oversight, supporting the manager, with systems security engineering activities in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-16. Serves as the primary liaison between the security architect and authorizing official and coordinates with system owners, common control providers, and system security officers regarding the design and allocation of security controls as system-specific, hybrid, or common controls. Ensures that systems and networks are developed and deployed securely, leveraging best industry standards and a thorough understanding of both security and enterprise architecture.
  • Provides program oversight for the employment of best practices when implementing security controls within systems including software engineering methodologies; system and security engineering principles; secure design, secure architecture, and secure coding techniques. Manages the determination of the protection needs (i.e., security controls) for the information system(s) and network(s) and documents appropriately.
  • Provides program oversight for the conduction of software and systems engineering and software systems research to develop new capabilities, ensuring cybersecurity is fully integrated. Leads and conducts comprehensive technology research to evaluate potential vulnerabilities in cyberspace systems.
  • Provides program oversight of processes which ensures that the stakeholder security requirements necessary to protect the organization's mission and business processes are adequately addressed in all aspects of enterprise architecture including reference models, segment and solution architectures, and the resulting systems supporting those missions and business processes.
  • Provides program oversight, supporting the manager, with the documentation process and addressing of WMATA's information security, cybersecurity architecture, and systems security engineering requirements throughout the acquisition life cycle. Collaborates with development organizations to create and deploy the tools needed to achieve objectives.
  • Provides program oversight for the analysis of internal operational architecture, tools, and procedures for ways to improve performance. Ensures that the most effective suite of tools and procedures to drive organizational success.
  • Provides program oversight of the identification and/or development of reverse engineering tools to enhance capabilities and detect vulnerabilities. Ensures that vulnerabilities are identified as early as possible and mitigated.
  • Provides program oversight of authorized penetration testing on enterprise network assets. Performs penetration testing as required for new or updated applications. Exploits network devices, security devices, and/or terminals or environments using various methods or tools.
  • Provides program oversight of defensive and simulated offensive measures, techniques and information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats.
  • Provides program oversight of incident response support functions through technical activities that gather evidence on criminal or foreign intelligence entities to mitigate possible or real-time threats, protect against insider threats, foreign sabotage, international terrorist activities, or to support other intelligence activities. Ensures that the Authority can respond to attacks quickly and eliminate threats.
  • Provides program oversight of the research, deployment, configuration and maintenance processes for network monitoring, defensive and administrative cybersecurity tools. Develops content for cyber defense tools. Identifies potential conflicts with implementation of any cyber defense tools (e.g., tool and signature testing and optimization). Ensures the Authority has the most effective suite of tools and procedures to drive organizational success.
  • Provides oversight of the support program involved in the construction of signatures which can be implemented on cyber defense network tools in response to new or observed threats within the network environment or enclave.

The essential duties listed are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Nor is it intended to limit in any way the right of managers and 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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