Cybersecurity Engineer I (Infrastructure/RMF)

Washington D.C
Oct 25, 2021
Oct 30, 2021
Engineer, IT, QA Engineer
Full Time
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 Infrastructure I role reports to the lead Information System Security Engineer (ISSE) for Infrastructure and serves on a team of ISSEs tasked to develop security plans for enterprise infrastructure and security services based on risk analysis and an understanding of the IT and security architecture of the organization, and meet with service owners to navigate the intersection of innovative security and IT demands/schedules. The Cybersecurity Infrastructure I shall support the ISSE in addressing all cybersecurity, privacy and compliance issues during the assessment and authorization of enterprise infrastructure and shared security services in Metro. Successful candidates will be expected to support efforts around NIST risk management framework implementation and application of the framework. The Cybersecurity Infrastructure I shall create system security documentation for entity authorization and perform 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

  • No prior experience as a cybersecurity engineer\analyst or Information System Security Engineer/Officer (ISSO/ISSE) is required

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.


The Cybersecurity Engineer I 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 or theoretical standpoint and a technical, hands-on standpoint, resulting on written reports and action plans.

Essential Functions
  • Performs systems security engineering activities in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) SP 800-16. Serves as a liaison between the security architect and authorizing official and coordinates with system owners, common control providers, and system security officers on 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.
  • Employs best practices when implementing security controls within a system 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 document appropriately.
  • Conducts software and systems engineering and software systems research to develop new capabilities, ensuring cybersecurity is fully integrated. Also, coordinates comprehensive technology research to evaluate potential vulnerabilities in cyberspace systems.
  • Provides support for processes which ensure 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 support for the documentation process and addresses 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.
  • Analyzes internal operational architecture, tools, and procedures for ways to improve performance. Ensures that the Authority has the most effective suite of tools and procedures to drive organizational success.
  • Identifies and/or develops reverse engineering tools to enhance capabilities and detect vulnerabilities. Ensures that vulnerabilities are identified as early as possible and mitigated.
  • Performs 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.
  • Performs defensive and simulated offensive measures, techniques and collects information 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 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 organization can respond to attacks quickly and eliminate threats.
  • Provides support for research, deployment, configuration and maintenance processes for the network monitoring, defensive and administrative cybersecurity tools. Develop content for cyber defense tools. Identifies potential conflicts with implementation of any cyber defense tools (e.g., tool and signature testing and optimization). Ensures that the Authority has the most effective suite of tools and procedures to drive organizational success.
  • Provides program support 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.
  • Identifies and develops reverse engineering tools to enhance capabilities and detect vulnerabilities.

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:
  • Skills and/or behavioral assessment
  • Personal interview
  • Verification of education and experience (including certifications and licenses)
  • Criminal Background Check (a criminal conviction is not an automatic bar to employment)
  • Medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening (for safety sensitive positions)
  • Review of a current motor vehicle report


WMATA is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law.

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.