Polaris Alpha

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Position Type 
Full Time
FLSA Status 
Security - Other
Security Clearance 
Colorado Springs, CO

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In addition to competitive compensation, Polaris Alpha offers excellent benefits:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
    • Life and AD&D coverage at 3x annual salary
    • 401k plan, 4% gifted contributions for all eligible employees - 100% vested in plan from date of enrollment
    • 4+ weeks of PTO and 10 Paid Holidays observed
    • Education Assistance Program
    • Relocation programs

Job Description

Polaris Alpha develops innovative solutions to the most significant challenges affecting our Nation's ability to collect, utilize, and defend digital information. We’re passionate about developing cutting-edge, creative solutions, and fostering a highly sought-out place of employment for many of the brightest minds in the industry. We are the best because we hire the best. At Polaris Alpha, we have developed a culture of going above and beyond the normal expectations in the delivery of our work. Our clients and employees are the number one reason why we’re successful, and that formula won’t be changing!

The Information Security Engineer maintains Polaris Alpha’s information systems security environment and develops processes and procedures to improve security practices. This position is based in our Colorado Springs, CO office.

Responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of Polaris Alpha security systems and controls with a goal to maintain a strong information security program and enable comprehensive auditing and compliance verification. Provide hands-on support for a broad spectrum of technologies, including security software running on Windows and Linux systems, network devices, virtual machines, as well as the Polaris Alpha’s own products and services. Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in implementing and supporting technical projects, and for operational support production platforms.

• Perform security research, analysis, and design for the Polaris Alpha’s computing systems and network infrastructure.
• Facilitate security vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. Work on security alerts, events, and security incidents, including forensics analysis.
• Contribute general consulting (risk analysis) and project support in the area of information security to IT infrastructure and projects as needed to support new business requirements.
• Participate in internal security audits and investigations. Manage and maintain a library of security audit tools and corresponding processes. Monitor trends in information technology and security.
• Research emerging technologies and maintain awareness of current security risks in support of security enhancement and development efforts.
• Monitor security systems for anomalies and respond to potential security events.
• Oversee Database security, including patch management and configuration compliance.
• Perform periodic policy compliance reviews, risk assessments, and control testing.
• Assist in the investigation of security incidents as required, and recommend corrective actions and process improvements.
• Participate in on-call system administration support including but not limited to weekends, holidays and after-business hours as required to service the needs of the business.

Required Skills

• Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, a related field, or equivalent work experience, is required. Industry certification is a plus: GIAC Security Essentials, Certified Ethical Hacker, GIAC Certified Incident Handler, Certified Security Administrator (firewall), CISSP, CISM, or CISA.
• Minimum of five years of hands-on experience in an equivalent Information Security role.
• Hands-on experience installing and administering a variety of security systems including firewalls, IDS/IPS, SIEM, manage antivirus/antimalware, patch management, NAC, DLP, and Group Policy.
• Strong knowledge in the following areas: IAM, system virtualization, Windows and Linux Security, Cloud Security, Network and Network Security, Application Whitelisting, Vulnerability Management, or endpoint security controls.
• Knowledge of compliance and regulatory program requirements, such as HIPAA, ISO 27000, NIST, FISMA, and SOC standards.
• Experience using security tools such as log analyzers, network tracers, and vulnerability scanners.
• Knowledge of the following security solutions is a plus: AMP, OpenDNS, Nessus, RSA, Splunk, Symantec DLP, and Microsoft PKI.
• Demonstrated project management skills and ability to track and report progress against established milestones, metrics and deliverables.
• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills, demonstrating the ability to write with purpose, clarity, and accuracy to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Desired Skills

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Normal office setting, therefore the noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work is generally sedentary in nature, but may require standing and walking. Use of hands to operate computer equipment. Frequent near vision use for reading and computer use.

Polaris Alpha is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

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