Cybersecurity Engineer

El Segundo

Full Time Clearance required USD 130K - 205K

The Aerospace Corporation

Aerospace operates the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering.

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The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

The Information Systems and Cyber Division (ISCD) at The Aerospace Corporation is a world-class engineering firm and scientific leader in electronics and cybersecurity for space systems. The Cyber Defense Solutions Department (CDSD) resides within ISCD and focuses on critical cyber research, development, and rapid prototyping in the areas of Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO), Hardware Security & Specialty Engineering (HSSE), Reverse Engineering and Exploit Development, and Spacecraft Security. We support a variety of customers including the Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC), the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), and other civil customers (e.g. NASA) in order to resolve unique challenges in implementation and research. As an experienced cybersecurity engineer in CDSD, you’ll be leading teams, developing prototypes, and providing cyber support to our customer’s mission. 

This position will be a hybrid work model; some onsite work in El Segundo, CA is required.   Travel is required up to 20% of the time.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Lead teams and projects in the areas of software security, cloud security, container security, mission assessments, orchestration and automation technologies, spacecraft cyber analytics and continuous monitoring.
  • Directly contribute to cybersecurity prototype efforts as well as perform cybersecurity / system security engineering assistance to Aerospace Program Office customers.  Assist with developing and distributing project tasking to junior engineers.
  • Mentor junior staff and interns in the department throughout the year.  Assist with intern projects during the summer intern season.
  • Identify and evaluate new tools, technologies and techniques that may be applied to address issues or inefficiencies related to cyber operations.
  • Collaborate with other Aerospace departments and external organizations to develop new technical demonstrations and capabilities.
  • Perform research or technical development with government, industry, and academia partners to develop innovative capabilities.
  • Develop and provide cybersecurity guidance to programs in multiple areas of cybersecurity. 

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree from an accredited university in Information Security/Technology, Computer Science, or another related subject area.
  • 8 or more years of relevant experience in a position related to cybersecurity, systems engineering, software development, embedded systems, or similar fields.
  • Eligible to acquire and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a clearance.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate and complete tasks, learn new technical approaches, mentor junior staff, lead technical efforts, and interact effectively with a broad range of organizations.
  • Strong written and oral communications and interpersonal skills. Exhibit a high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative.
  • Experience using project management tools such as Jira or MS Project.  Comfortable tasking coworkers in an agile work environment.
  • Proficient in one or more programming languages including but not limited to C, C++, Java, Python.
  • Experience relating to multiple cybersecurity fields such as applications security, defensive cyber operations, vulnerability analysis, cryptography, network security, embedded systems security, secure FPGA/ASIC design, reverse engineering, zero trust architectures, or malware analysis.
  • Experience using containerization technology such as Docker or Kubernetes.
  • Knowledge of DoD cybersecurity policies, including the Risk Management Framework (RMF) or NIST SP 800-53.
  • At least one cybersecurity certification (CISSP, C|EH, SANS, etc.)

For Senior Cybersecurity Engineer:

  • Meet all the above requirements
  • 12 or more years of relevant experience in multiple engineering fields such as cybersecurity, systems engineering, software development, embedded systems, or similar.

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Advanced degree from an accredited university in cybersecurity.
  • Current and active Top-Secret clearance with Sensitive Compartmented Information access TS/SCI government clearance.
  • Experience with SIEM tools, EDR/XDR tools, SOAR tools, scanning and reconnaissance, penetration testing, integration of software products and/or data sources.
  • Expert with bash, shell, PowerShell, and basic scripting on Linux and Windows platforms.
  • Solid understanding of satellite system design and technology.
  • Knowledge of various cyber tools such as Kali Linux and competitive (e.g. capture the flag) cyber experience.
  • Experience with orchestration and automation tools (Jenkins, Puppet, Chef, SOAR, etc.).
  • Experience with various cloud offerings and services (AWS, VMWare, Azure, DISA milCloud).

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business.  The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below.  Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills. 

(Min - Mid - Max)

$130,300 - $154,500 - $205,700

Pay Basis: Annual

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change   
  • Engage with Impact   
  • Foster Innovation   
  • Deliver Results  

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type.  A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans

  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation

  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options

  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire

  • Flexible spending accounts

  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions

  • Relocation assistance

  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career

  • Education assistance programs

  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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