Polaris Alpha

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Position Type 
Full Time
FLSA Status 
Security Clearance 
Annapolis Junction, MD

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In addition to a competitive salary, Polaris Alpha offers excellent benefits to full-time employees:


·       Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage

·       Life and AD&D insurance coverage at 3x annual salary

·       401k plan, 4% of gifted contributions for eligible employees                                                  

        (100% vested in plan from date of enrollment.)

·       4+ weeks of PTO and 10 Paid Holidays observed

·       Education Assistance Program

·       Relocation, may be considered.


       *Benefits are subject to change.

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!

We are looking for an Information Security Specialist – DevSecOps Engineer to join our Information Security team. The DevSecOps Engineer maintains Polaris Alpha’s Information Systems Security Environment while also developing applications and the visualizations needed to improve our security practices.

As a member of the Information Security team you would be responsible for building and supporting Development, Deployment, Delivery, Operations & Monitoring capabilities in delivering security based solutions to our internal enterprise and our external customers. This position is based in our Annapolis Junction, MD office.

Responsible for bringing the data collected by the tools and technologies we leverage to maintain our security posture are delivered into custom analytic and visualization applications to allow for proactive operational decision making and leveraging the anticipatory intelligence from the tools to proactively defend our infrastructure. Focused on 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.

Major Accountabilities:
• 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 or higher in Computer Science, Engineering, or other Engineering or Technical discipline or equivalent relevant experience
• Industry certification is a plus: GIAC Security Essentials, Certified Ethical Hacker, GIAC Certified Incident Handler, Certified Security Administrator (firewall), CISSP, CISM, or CISA.
• 6+ years’ experience with Security Best Practices, implementing enterprise-grade security solutions
• 4+ years’ experience writing code or scripts in a modern programming or scripting language (Java, Python, Ruby, etc.)
• Demonstrable hands-on experience as an Infrastructure Engineer installing and configuring server and/or network hardware and software
• Familiarity with Linux and Windows OS their underlying components, system statistics, performance tuning, filesystems and io.
• Experience extracting pertinent security data from security solutions, logs, and reports to provide the operational reporting and management visibility into a single pane of glass
• Strong knowledge in the following areas: IDS/IPS, SIEM, system virtualization, Windows and Linux Security, Cloud Security, Network and Network Security, Application Security, 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, Web Content-Filtering, Nessus, RSA, Splunk, DLP, and Microsoft PKI.
• Exposure with Agile development, techniques and methodologies with demonstrated project management skills and ability to track and report progress against established milestones, metrics and deliverables.
• Must be willing to travel (roughly 10% of the time)

Desired Skills

• 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.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced, rapidly changing, Agile, competitive environment
• Ability to work independently and in group environments
• Ability to work well with geographically dispersed teams, including time-zone flexibility

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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