Information Systems Security Officer ISSO

Penn State University

Warminster, PA
Campus City:
Warmister, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 02 – K – Exempt
  • 03 – L – Exempt
Work Unit:
Applied Research Laboratory
Cyber and Information Security
Full/Part Time:


The Cyber and Information Security Department of the Information Technology Services Division of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking an Information Systems Security Officer to support the Cyber Security Department at our Warminster, PA, facility. You will assist in the coordination, design, evaluation, and submission of critical compliance required documentation and controls applicable to new and existing security services, controls, solutions, processes, procedures, and policies. This job will be filled as a level 2, or level 3, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 2. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. A Bachelor’s degree in Information Security, Information Technology, or Computer Science is desired. The following experience areas are preferred: Operational experience, with familiarity in security/event log auditing; vulnerability scanning and mitigation utilizing Nessus, Retina, GFI Languard, or similar tool; Windows, UNIX/Linux, and/or OSX operating system administration; TCP/IP network analysis and network/packet level examination tools such as tcpdump, Zenmap, or Wireshark; network monitoring tools such as Bro, Suricata, or Snort; SEIM management such as Splunk, ELK, or Alienvault; and VMWare and management of Virtual Machines. Knowledge in certification and accreditation process such as RMF and DIACAP; policy and procedure development; test plan creation; security plan development; plan of action and milestone development; training material development; and risk assessment planning and preparation. Knowledge in the following is also required: certification and accreditation processes such as RMF and DIACAP; risk assessment planning and preparation; NIST/ISO standards, Department of Defense directives, and regulatory requirements; and definition and interpretation of audit requirements. The ability to certify and maintain information security related certification (Security+, CASP, GSEC, CISM, CISSP) is necessary. Soft skills include: effective analytical and problem solving skills; excellent communication skills; efficient organizational, multitasking, and time management abilities; and an aptitude to work independently, as well as in diverse teams across multiple Information Technology disciplines. This position will be located in Warminster, PA; occasional travel to State College, PA, will be required. Candidate selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen. The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; we believe this is central to our success as a Department of Defense designated University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). We are at our best when we draw on the talents of all parts of society, and our greatest accomplishments are achieved when diverse perspectives are part of our workforce.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088