Cyber Information Assurance Analyst

Penn State University

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


The Information Security and Assurance Department of the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is seeking three entry to mid-level Cyber Information Security Analysts to facilitate the security modernization efforts. 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, Computer Science, or Information Technology is desired. The following experience areas are preferred: Operational experience, with familiarity in security/event log auditing; vulnerability scanning and mitigation utilizing Tenable Security Center, 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; familiarity with network monitoring tools such as Bro, Suricata, or Snort; SEIM management such as Splunk, ELK, or Alienvault; and VMWare and management of virtual machines. An active security clearance is highly desired. Required knowledge and skills include: Certification and accreditation process such as RMF and DIACAP; NIST/ISO standards; Department of Defense directives; regulatory requirements; and definition and interpretation of audit requirements. For higher level positions, experience with the following is also required: Risk assessment planning and preparation; 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. The ability to certify and maintain information security related certification (Security+, CASP, GSEC, CISM, SSCP, CISSP) is necessary. To be successful, you must possess: 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 IT disciplines. You will be subject to a government security investigation, and you must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the ARL 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