Cyber and Information Systems Security Analyst/ISSO

Laurel MD Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL)


Are you searching for challenging and impactful work supporting Highly Classified networks?

Are you passionate about cybersecurity operations and policy?

If so, we're looking for someone like you to apply and join our team at APL!


We are ranked as one of Computerworld 's Top Places to Work in IT 5 years running, and we are seeking a Cyber and Information Systems Security Analyst that will play an instrumental role in the design and operation of national security systems. You will join a hardworking, diverse team of Cybersecurity specialists who are passionate about supporting our Sponsor's mission needs.

As a Cyber and Information Systems Security Analyst/ISSO, you will…

  • Work closely with Information Systems Security Managers (ISSMs), Program Managers, System Administrators, and Program Security Representatives (PSRs) to develop secure IT solutions for classified environments.
  • Provide input into documentation such as the System Security Plan (SSP), Plan of Action and Milestones (POA&M), Risk Assessment Report (RAR), Security Traceability Matrix (SCTM), and Concept of Operations (CONOPs).
  • Have knowledge with capturing and refining program requirements to be effectively implemented within the information systems.
  • Conduct audits and analyze reports for anomalous activity (i.e. unauthorized access, privileged actions, after-hour use, unapproved hardware and software). Provide reports and recommend actions after conducting a preliminary review of the security events.
  • Participate in configuration management activities by conducting security impact analysis and due diligence reports for security relevant changes.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you…

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Information Technology, or Cybersecurity related field.
  • Have experience working with government sponsors through inspections and assessments.
  • Have a strong working knowledge of the National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual (NISPOM), Joint Special Access Program Implementation Guide (JSIG), Intelligence Community Directives (ICDs), Risk Management Framework (RMF), and other policy requirements.
  • Skilled in crafting ATO packages using tools such as XACTA, LatteArt, ServiceNow, eMASS, or traditional methods
  • Have a minimum of 2 years’ experience solving information technology problems in a classified facility.
  • Have a detailed understanding of computer operating systems, hardware, software, and security procedures.
  • Can demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills and the ability to effectively interact with managers and technical staff.
  • Possess a current DoD 8570 certification (Security+, CISSP, etc.), or ability to obtain within 6 months of employment required.
  • Hold an active TS/SCI+ FullScope Poly security clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you…

  • Have worked in or directly supporting the Department of Defense, the IC Community or other U.S. government entities desired.
  • Have Linux, virtualization, High Performance Compute (HPC) experience.
  • Have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and the understanding of customer focus.


Why Work at APL?

While the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory brings world-class expertise to a broad range of challenges, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, innovation ecosystem where you can feel safe to share ideas and to continue to grow personally and professionally. At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas and have earned Best Places to Work accolades in outlets such as Fast Companies and Glassdoor.

Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at

About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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