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CenturyLink (F) 2/2020 Lead IT Systems Engineer - Federal - IPSS in HERNDON, Virginia

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) at http://www.centurylink.com/ is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.

Job Summary

The IT Systems Engineer will work in a challenging, hands-on environment supporting the Department

of Homeland Security (DHS), and other specialized customers in support of National Cyber Protection

System (NCPS) initiatives. The candidate will work seamlessly with the ISSM and other IT Security staff to create a holistic and fully integrated IT Security organization for the overarching Program.

Job Description

Education: Bachelors of Science degree or higher, preferably in Information Systems, Information Security, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent.

5+ years of experience in Information Security, Information Assurance (IA), or Cyber Security programs.

5+ years of experience with system security concepts, system security assessments, threat and vulnerability management, penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, vulnerability mitigation, and/or implementing and managing penetration testing tools.

5+ years of experience in reporting status and recommendations for improvements to either federal government or commercial leadership.

Strong technical skills and understanding of information systems, network protocols, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, log management, network behavior analysis, vulnerability scan tools and processes.

Candidate will participate in the planning, design and implementation of enterprise security architecture.

Candidate will provide administrative support for information security systems and applications.

Candidate will facilitate penetration testing and vulnerability assessments against system test beds and production systems to evaluate effectiveness of system configurations including validation of system software and hardware configurations. Candidate will perform security analysis and risk/vulnerability assessments and coordinate with ISSO teams to update security authorization documentation (SSP, SAP, etc.) as required.

Candidate will participate in incident response and coordination in response to any Information Assurance concerns.

Candidate will participate in the decision-making process for developing recommendations to mitigate vulnerabilities and discovered weaknesses.

Candidate will conduct tuning engagements with security engineers to develop/adjust security system tool rules and response procedures.

Candidate will assess network traffic, detect data anomalies, and provide detailed reporting on same.

Candidate will serve as a team member to support the analysis of general network technical problems and provide recommendations and technical support in solving these problems.

Candidate will possess strong organizational skills and ability to stay focused while managing multiple tasks concurrently.

Candidate will have strong critical thinking/analytical skills, creativity, and a proven drive for quality.

Candidate must know how to provide proactive status of assigned work and ability to estimate level of effort for future work.

Available 24/7 for Network Outages and Maintenance window work.

Must be available for rotating on-call and work after hours as needed.


Candidate must be a US Citizen and hold an active Department of Defense TOPSECRET SCI clearance to be considered for this position.

5+ years of experience in Information Security, Information Assurance (IA), or Cyber Security programs.

Deep understanding of Information Assurance frameworks and Federal information security requirements (e.g. ISO 27000 series, NIST 800-53 and 800-171, NIST RMF, NIST Cybersecurity Framework).

Previous work experience with Department of Defense (DoD), Intelligence Community, or other government agency (e.g. DHS, DOE, Veterans Affairs, etc.).

Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) or equivalent degrees or certifications.

Demonstrate an understanding of balancing security risk, cost and delivery requirements.

Alternate Location: US-Virginia-Herndon

Requisition # : 214084

This job may require successful completion of an online assessment. A brief description of the assessments can be viewed on our website at http://find.centurylink.jobs/testguides/

EEO Statement

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


The above job definition information has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on changing business needs and conditions.