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Information Systems Security Officer - Applied Research Laboratory - Penn State University

The Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) at Penn State is an integral part of one of the leading research universities in the nation and serves as a University center of excellence in defense science, systems, and technologies with a focus in naval missions and related areas.  We are looking for an experienced cyber-security focused person who has experience in DoD directives and regulatory requirements. As a member of the Cyber and Information Security team, you will protect the infrastructure of ARL by taking proactive security measures, assessing risks, responding to security breaches, and ensuring compliance. If you consider yourself an analytical leader who enjoys solving problems, is comfortable communicating and collaborating with a diverse audience, and can easily work alone or in a group, please read on! The working environment for this role is available as fully on-site, with a choice of location either in Reston, VA, or National Business Parkway in MD.


ARL is an authorized DoD SkillBridge partner and welcomes all transitioning military members to apply.


Requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree plus five years of experience in the cyber security field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • RMF assessment and authorization process
  • NIST/ISO standards, Department of Defense directives, and regulatory requirements
  • Windows and UNIX/Linux operating system administration
  • Operational experience, with familiarity in security/event log auditing
  • Security plan development and/or continuous monitoring for compliance with security plans
  • The ability to certify and maintain information security related certification (Security+, CASP, GSEC, CISM, CISSP [CISSP is an anticipated requirement of the sponsor])
  • A current, active TS/SCI security clearance with adjudicated full scope polygraph


To view the full job description, and to apply online, visit


ARL 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.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on ARL, visit our web site at




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