Huntsville, AL, United States
Nov 30, 2021
Type of Requisition: Regular
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Public Trust/Other Required: None
Job Family: Policy Analysis
This is an unpaid fellowship through the Department of Defense (DoD) SkillBridge Program. The fellow selected for this role will not receive compensation or benefits from GDIT and will not be an employee, agent, or contractor of GDIT but rather will remain an employee of the DoD and will receive compensation and benefits through the DoD.
At GDIT, people are our differentiator. As a Senior Cybersecurity Policy Analyst supporting the Veterans Affairs (VA) Enterprise Security Architecture (ESA) Modernization Support project, you will be trusted to work actively with GDIT security and Cyber-Security professionals to support our VA customer.
Our mission within the VA is to ensure Veteran’s information, VA information systems and infrastructure is cybersecurity ready. GDIT will accomplish this while ensuring the resiliency of VA’s cybersecurity infrastructure through proactive monitoring, adaptive responses, adherence to Federal requirements and best practices, and the recruitment, retention, and development of a world-class cybersecurity workforce.
The ideal Senior Policy Analyst will have professional experience to advance the organization’s mission in public policy as well as be able to understand and define the effects of changes in policy and their impact on an agency's mission and function. The right candidate must have knowledge and experience in developing and applying expertise on a diverse portfolio of policy issues.
Plan, develop, and assist in the coordination and communication of new policies, strategies, and procedures relevant to the implementation of security guidance and solutions
Research, recommend, develop, maintain, and update cybersecurity policies, to include use of new and emerging technology (e.g. WiFi, cloud, mobile devices), software, hardware, and other IT-related systems (e.g. VoIP, Building Automation Systems).
Verify policies, strategies, and procedures comply with
Examine incoming requests for exceptions to policy and draft recommended decision memorandum to include requisite mitigation strategies
Analyzes policies including new OMB mandates, FedRAMP, FISMA and assesses the impact to VA ESA. Assesses how the implementation and compliance on new policies impact VA stakeholders, including product line management, product owners and OI&T sustainment activities
Participate in intra-agency policy working groups (e.g. ZeroTrust) and provide cybersecurity policy subject matter expertise
Respond to memos, emails and phone inquiries regarding security policies and standards
Help maintain the contents of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web page and web portal website
Maintain databases for tracking incoming and outgoing policy documents, policy inquiries, exception requests
Provide status reports as required. Prepare contract deliverables to include Trend Analysis reports, Quarterly Status Reports, etc.
Assist in preparing testimony and supporting documentation for ESA and VA leadership and reports
Required Skills and Experience
BS degree and 5 years experience (can be active duty military / related experience). In lieu of Bachelors degree, candidates with a total 15 years experience will also be considered.
Experience in researching, developing, writing, and editing cybersecurity policies, best practices, standards, processes and procedures
Experience in research and analysis of information system issues and trends, and research and development in a technical discipline/field
Knowledge of, and experience drafting policy for, new technology, specifically cloud computing environments, cloud adoption, data classification,
Some experience with the creation of IT security requirements, technical security safeguards, countermeasures, risk management, contingency planning, and data communications networking
Understanding of compliance requirements, standards, and guidelines governing security within the Federal Government (e.g., NIST publications, FISMA, FedRAMP, and Department memoranda)
Experience and knowledge of responding to federal audits and reviews (e.g., Office of the Inspector General)
Proficiency with Microsoft Office
Must be able to meet customer facility COVID requirements
US Citizenship required; and ability to obtain a Public Trust clearance through the VA
SkillBridge program requirements
Has served at least 180 days on active duty
Can participate within the last 6 months of separation or retirement
Will receive an honorable discharge.
Has taken any service TAP/TGPS.
Has attended or participated in an ethics brief within the last 12 months.
Received Unit Commander (first O-4/Field Grade commander in chain of command) written authorization and approval to participate in DoD SkillBridge Program prior to start of the fellowship.
Desired Skills and Experience
Familiarity working with VA information systems
One or more of the following certifications: Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), or Certified in Risk and Information System Control (CRISC)
Active VA clearance
Attributes for Success
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong organizational skills; research, analysis, and writing skills
Strong customer service and interpersonal skills to effectively relate to agency and customer needs; ability to build working relationships with leaders and key stakeholders
Ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to take initiative with minimal direction and to solve problems
This position requires being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 18, 2022 or the start date, if after January 18. Individuals who work in or reside in Texas or Montana or work outside of the United States may be excluded from this requirement.
We are GDIT. The people supporting some of the most complex government, defense, and intelligence projects across the country. We deliver. Bringing the expertise needed to understand and advance critical missions. We transform. Shifting the ways clients invest in, integrate, and innovate technology solutions. We ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. We are there. On the ground, beside our clients, in the lab, and everywhere in between. Offering the technology transformations, strategy, and mission services needed to get the job done.
GDIT is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status, or any other protected class.