Computer Network Architect (Cloud)

Location: Silver Spring, MD
Date Posted: 10-17-2018
Computer Network Architect (Cloud)
Long Term ( Multi-year)
Salary: DOE
Location: MD
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere.
We are looking for a senior talent with over 10 years of expertise that serves as subject matter expert for cloud IaaS across multiple platforms. This position requires a deep understanding of network specific issues within a cloud based environment from the external environment, through a Government TICAP, utilizing a cloud specific network service, to the network within a virtual environment (and between virtual environment). Intimate knowledge of key applications running on virtualized and non-virtualized platforms which support networking functions. Ability to manage public and private IP address space as defined by the project. Understand the full breadth of cloud networking services which can be utilized within a VPC. Understand the limitations of cloud services and where a virtualized application provides superior features and functionality to meet the project requirements. A key responsibility is to leverage current software and open source solutions to automate as many tasks as possible required to enable and manage the cloud solutions. Similarly, the position is responsible for making cloud-based solutions as transparent as possible. Cloud engineers are also responsible for creating and improving procedures and facilitating technical communication. One last duty that falls to the network engineer is researching and authoring the technical documentation that is essential to maintaining the system.
Computer network architects design and build data communication networks, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and Intranets. These networks range from small connections between two offices to next-generation networking capabilities such as a cloud infrastructure that serves multiple customers. Network architects must have extensive knowledge of an organization’s business plan to design a network that can help the organization achieve its goals. Computer network architects typically do the following: create plans and layouts for data communication networks, present plans to management and explain why they are in the organization’s best interest to pursue them, consider information security when designing networks, upgrade hardware, such as routers or adaptors, and software, such as network drivers, as needed to support computer networks, and research new networking technologies to determine what would best support their organization in the future.
Computer network architects, or network engineers, design and deploy computer and information networks. After deployment, they also may manage the networks and troubleshoot any issues as they arise. Network architects also predict future network needs by analyzing current data traffic and estimating how growth will affect the network. Some computer network architects work with other IT workers, such as network and computer system administrators and computer and information systems managers to ensure workers’ and clients’ networking needs are being met. They also must work with equipment and software vendors to manage upgrades and support the networks.
The roles and responsibilities of the Cloud Network Engineer include:
  • Provide deep baseline knowledge of network administration and software defined networking (SDN)
  • Secure network transmissions using but not limited to: IPSec, SFTP, FTPS, and HTTPS
  • Perform server-to-Server authentication
  • Develop IPS/APT design
  • Support expansion of infrastructure as needed
  • Support and test generated products as needed
  • Support creation of backups/redundancy
  • Support Failover and Data saturation testing
  • Implement all networking security standards to the network equipment in accordance with the DOC, NOAA, and NESDIS security policies 
  • Provide applicable documentation for all network security rules, including, but not limited to: firewall, Intrusion Prevention Service (IPS), Unified Threat Management (UTM), router rules and router security filters, and IPSec Tunnels
  • Adhere to established change management process
  • Manage cloud servers, firewalls, and other network instances as needed
**Having or had an prior NOAA badge would be really be helpful. 

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