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Data Security Specialist


Agricultural Specialist


Gaithersburg, Maryland, United States


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The Leidos National Security Sector combines technology-enabled services and mission software capabilities in the areas of cyber, logistics, security operations, and decision analytics to support our defense and intel customers’ mission to defend against evolving threats around the world. Our team’s focus is to ensure our customers have the right tools, technologies, and tactics to keep pace with an ever-evolving security landscape and succeed in their pursuit to protect people and critical assets.

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The National Security Sector at Leidos is currently hiring for a Data Security Specialist for an Agile, cloud-based data, and analytics platform contract. The Data Security Specialist will identify the overall security requirements for the proper handling of Government data and help layout standards and processes to ensure that the user community understands and adheres to necessary procedures to maintain security. The candidate for this role needs to be a self-starter with excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, flexibility, good judgment, and the ability to coordinate multiple, concurrent tasks in an effective manner. The Data Security Specialist will work closely with the Cybersecurity Engineer and SecDevOps Engineer to ensure the safety of information system assets and protect systems from intentional or inadvertent access or destruction. This role is expected to be on-site at a Leidos facility in Gaithersburg, MD, with travel to various government sites in the Washington Metro Area. This opportunity is contingent upon contract award.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Perform analysis to ensure the safety of information system assets.
  • Develop protocols to protect systems from intentional or inadvertent access or destruction.
  • Interface with user community to understand their security needs and implement procedures to accommodate them.
  • Support security planning, assessment, risk analysis, and risk management.
  • Identify overall security requirements for the proper handling of Government data.
  • Ensure that user community understands and adheres to necessary procedures to maintain security.
  • Identify potential cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities within the agency’s systems, networks, and applications.
  • Develop, implement, and enforce cybersecurity policies, standards, and procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and industry standards (e.g., NIST, DISA STIGs Agency Standards).
  • Maintain a current working knowledge of IT development methodology, architecture design, data security best practices, and technical standards.
  • Communicate with other technical leads, IT groups, and customer reps so they understand all aspects of proposed changes/solutions.
  • Manage multiple assignments and work independently with minimal oversight.

What does Leidos need from me?

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or have a Green Card.
  • Must be able to obtain a Public Trust clearance (Background Investigation).
  • BS degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related field and four to eight years of prior relevant experience with a focus on cybersecurity OR Masters with two to six years of prior relevant experience.
  • Two to four years of experience with Microsoft Azure; Strong understanding of Azure data security features and services.
  • Proficiency in configuring and managing Azure data security solutions such as Azure Security Center, Azure Sentinel, Azure Active Directory (AAD), Azure Firewall, and Azure Information Protection.
  • Experience with hybrid cloud environments and securing both on-premise and Azure resources.
  • Experience using common vulnerability scanning tools (e.g., Nessus) to discover weaknesses.
  • Experience configuring/managing/tuning security event monitoring tools (SIEM).
  • Experience working with Identity and Access Management (IAM).
  • Strong written and oral communications required.
  • Strong understanding of cybersecurity principles, practices, and technologies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Able to weigh business needs against security concerns and articulate issues to management.

Favorable if you have:

  • Experience automating management tasks with Ansible, Puppet, or Chef.
  • Experience working among different Cloud Provider environments (Azure).
  • Experience developing in PowerShell.
  • Experience working with SIEM tools such as Splunk to ingest, normalize, store, and maintain data from endpoint, network, and application sourcetypes.

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

Pay Range $81,250.00 - $146,875.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.