Decisive Analytics

  • Senior Program Protection/Cybersecurity Analyst

    Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria
    Security Clearance Requirements
  • Overview

    DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation is seeking a Senior Program Protection/Cybersecurity Analyst.  This position will support our Office of the Secretary of Defense customer in Alexandria, VA.


    The Senior Program Protection/Cybersecurity Analyst will be responsible for supporting the development and application of system security engineering, and program protection for major defense acquisition programs in support of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering and the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.


    Duties will include:

    • Supporting the development and application of system security engineering, and program protection for Major Defense Acquisition Programs (MDAPs).
    • Working with program offices to apply policy, tools, and expertise to facilitate their system’s cyber resiliency. Efforts include mentoring programs regarding the: 1) identification and protection of Critical Program Information (CPI); 2) protection of Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) and controlled unclassified information (CUI); 3) protection of mission critical functions to achieve Trusted Systems and Networks (TSN); and 4) management life cycle cybersecurity risks.   
    • Working with assigned programs to identify/implement the appropriate mix of measures to protect the program and system information, components, and technologies from the known security threats and attacks across the acquisition life cycle. This planning is then documented statutory Program Protection Plans (PPPs) to support acquisition milestones
    • Assessing the implementation of system security engineering planning to inform the customer’s systems engineering assessments after systems engineering technical reviews and prior to acquisition milestones.  
    • Preparing decision-makers for meetings and conferences.
    • Working with the organization’s counterparts within the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) efforts, Army, Navy, Air Force, and defense agency staffs on initiatives. 
    • Developing OSD policy, guidance and training related to DoD systems security engineering and program protection initiatives.


    • Must have senior level program protection and cybersecurity experience.
    • Demonstrate extensive experience with program management in the DoD environment to include a comprehensive understanding of DoD acquisition and system security engineering policies.
    • Strong knowledge of the DoD weapon system acquisition and Systems Engineering processes defined in DoD Instruction (DoDI) 5000.02 and the Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG).  Knowledge was obtained through a combination of formal training and job experiences related to at least one of the following domain areas: Ships and Submarines; Rotary Wing and Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS); Fixed Wing; Land Combat; C2ISR; Business Systems; Missiles and Missile Defense; Space; and Communications.
    • Experience and understanding of System Security Engineering Policy (DoDI 5200.39 and 5200.44); and guidance (DAG Chapter 13).
    • Understanding of the system security engineering specialties requirements and design criteria (systems engineering specialties, supply chain, cybersecurity, hardware assurance, anti-tamper, software assurance, and defense exportability).
    • An understanding of the threats and vulnerabilities associated with Information (program and system information), Technology (CPI), and Components (mission-critical functionality) as well as key protection activities.
    • Understanding and the use of the application of DoDI 8500.01, DoDI 8510, DoDI 5200.39, DoDI 5200.44, DoDI 4140.67, NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, NIST Handbook 162, and Risk Management Framework (RMF)/ DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP) activities. 
    • Excellent interpersonal and communication (oral and writing) skills.  Must have experience in using critical thinking to prepare written reports and presentations for senior-level officials.  Must have demonstrated strong knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint software applications
    • Past military experience or military acquisition system experience is a plus.
    • A minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree.  An advanced degree in a technical or quantitative discipline is highly desirable.
    • Must have a SECRET clearance and be capable of obtaining a Top Secret clearance.


    • General Keywords: Systems Engineering (SE), systems engineer, lead systems engineer, program manager, DAWIA, SPRDE, ENG, NIST SP 800-171, NIST Handbook 162, tactical weapon systems, DFARS 252.239-7012, Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), Critical Program Information (CPI), Anti-Tamper, Defense Exportability Features (DEF), Acquisition Security Database (ASDB), Classification, Export Controls, Information Security, and Joint Acquisition Protection & Exploitation Cell (JAPEC), Cyber Hardware / Software technologies, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), DoDI 5000.02, Defense Acquisition Guidebook (DAG)


    EEO statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

    VEVRAA Federal Contractor


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