Senior/SME Firewall Engineer

Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 11-07-2018
Position Title: Senior/SME Firewall Engineer
Client: Department of State (DoS)
Salary: Open
Duration: Long Term
Location: Washington, DC
Security Clearance: Top Secret (Minimum SECRET to start and eligible for TS)
This is a Senior/SME position for the security engineering team within the Vanguard Perimeter Security Division (PSD) engineering office, providing engineering leadership over multiple firewall and perimeter security systems and devices. The well qualified candidate will possess and apply comprehensive expertise knowledge regarding perimeter security devices. The candidate must be capable of planning and leading the testing, implementation, and maintenance of perimeter security technologies and devices.  The candidate must be capable of evaluating performance results, performing risk assessments, and recommending changes affecting perimeter security configuration/implementations. The position directly supports DoS on-site to provide perimeter security protection to over 100,000 customers globally.
Responsibilities include:
  1. Works directly with the DoS Perimeter Security customer to build, design, test and deploy perimeter security (Firewall) solutions.
  2. Develop and deploy perimeter security solutions utilizing multi-vendor firewalls, email security, IPS/IDS, SSL decryption, DMZs, and virtualization/zones for on premise and cloud based services.
  3. Collaborate with technical SMEs on Enterprise wide solutions, participate in technical working groups, and contribute to technical advisory boards.
  4. Supports the compilation of records and reports concerning perimeter operations and maintenance to analyze the performance of perimeter security systems.
  5. Provides input to the problem management process, including assessing and evaluating software and hardware anomalies.  Supports the root cause analysis efforts to determine problems and develop remediation activities. Interfaces with vendor support service groups to ensure proper support during outages or periods of degraded system performance.
  6. Supports the transition to operations of perimeter security devices.
  7. Collaborate with Cross-Bureaus and Agencies to implement network changes as it relates to perimeter security
  8. Supports the configuration testing  of replacement perimeter devices
  9. Plans, documents, and implements hardware and software build and refresh
  10. Create and Maintain standard operating procedures and guides for new and/or existing perimeter hardware and software.
  11. Address Tier III escalation issues
  12. Attend weekly teleconferences, onsite meetings, and participates in working groups, as related to constant changing security environment.
Required Education/Skills:
  1. Bachelor degree in a computer science/computer engineering related discipline
  2. 10+ years IT security/network engineering support experience (Tier II, Tier III, network infrastructure implementation and maintenance)
  3. Experience working directly with Government customer
  4. Expert experience in one or more of the following security devices: Palo Alto firewalls, Panorama management console, McAfee/Forcepoint StoneGate firewalls, A10 Encrypted Traffic Inspection/Application Delivery, and Cisco ESA & ASA
  5. Experience developing and configuring SSL encryption/decryption solutions for traffic inspection
  6. Experience supporting the configuration and maintenance of Firewall/DMZ infrastructure including Network and Application Firewall Packet Filtering technologies (Palo Alto, McAfee/Forcepoint Stonegate)
  7. Firsthand experience in developing and providing quality assurance review of engineering change orders relating to the replacement or enhancement of perimeter security hardware and software
  8. Experienced with performing root cause analysis, risk identification, and risk mitigation
  9. Knowledgeable with configuring Cisco switches
  10. Strong understanding of routing/switching technologies, IP addressing/subnetting, and network traffic analysis/troubleshooting
  11. Experience with network monitoring devices such as HP Openview, Nagios, Zenoss, NeuralStar or other similar monitoring tools
  12. Candidate must be a US Citizen and possess a US “TOP SECRET” security clearance, Secret clearance with upgrade to Top Secret is acceptable.
Desired Education/Skills:
  1. Bachelor Degree plus relevant work experience
  2. ITIL ® Foundation certification
  3. Certifications: Palo Alto Networks Certified Network Security Engineer (PCNSE), A10 Certification/Accreditation, StoneGate Firewall/VPN Architect Certification, StoneGate Management Client (SMC) Certification, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Network+, Security+, CISSP
  4. Familiarity with DoS environment (data and voice networks, IT security systems, policies and procedures), Foreign Affairs Handbooks (FAHs), Foreign Affairs Manuals (FAMs)
  5. Experience with Red Hat Linux/CentOS and Ubuntu including administration scripting is a plus
  6. Interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate effectively, self-awareness, and excellent written and oral communications.
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