Cyberspace Principal Architect

Norfolk, VA, USA

DEFTEC Corporation

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Cyberspace Principal Architect

DEFTEC delivers mission-critical solutions through skillfully delivered services and innovative products. We are inspired by the critical missions of our clients, and we are driven to provide the most effective solutions to execute their missions, operational challenges, and requirements. Our dedicated, experienced, and talented employees work closely with our clients to ensure the delivery of exceptional services and products.


The exploitation of cyberspace as a domain of operations presents an increasingly growing challenge for the Alliance. Gaining the ability to plan, assess and conduct military operations in cyberspace requires therefore the development of new concepts and capabilities, notably in the area of cyberspace resilience, mission assurance, situational awareness, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) or C3 (Consultation, Command & Control), to name a few.

In support of the various activities undertaken by the ACT Cyberspace Branch, including capability development for critical Cyberspace and Cyber Security capabilities, architectural artefacts are required for supporting documentation seeking to procure and implement capabilities. These architectural artefacts require detailed architecture design, block diagrams, workflow diagrams and other Systems Engineering artefacts, with the guidance of the relevant Technical Director (TD) and/or Program Director (PD).

Our Cyberspace Principal and Systems Senior Architects assist in providing the holistic view of the complex systems environment and work in tandem with other Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) on these architectural artefacts.


  • Conduct a critical analysis and review of existing and under-development cyberspace architectural products in tandem with related technical context such as requirements, system descriptions, concepts, etc. in order to gain a big picture perspective of Cyberspace capabilities across multiple projects
  • Gather knowledge and inputs from ACT TD/PD/SMEs and NCIA SMEs to understand NATO Cyberspace environment and analyze upcoming cyberspace requirements to develop new architectural diagrams or augment existing ones
  • Develop block diagrams, work flow diagrams and other systems engineering artefacts in order to aid in understanding of capability and varying levels, from National experts to technical level SMEs
  • Develop views, as identified, using the NATO Architecture Framework (NAF) (with the necessary design architectural drawings, diagrams, etc.), in accordance with the NAFv4 methodology
  • Coordinate and align the military architectures with NATO HQ Office of CIO enterprise architectural products
  • Participate in technical discussions, as needed, notably with ACT PD/SMEs, in order to review, refine and create additional context for reflection in architectural diagrams
  • Engage with, and coordinate, relevant Communities of Interest (NATO organizations, nations, industry, and academia) for input to architectural development process
  • Support the Branch Head/Technical Director/Program Director with capability architecture validation and review; provide support with inputs to other branch architectural and capability development activities including, but not limited to, concept to capability translation, capability analysis and systems engineering, etc
  • Attend, as required, meetings and conferences typically within NATO's boundaries for up to 30 days per year, as required
  • Performs additional tasks, related to the contract, as required by the COTR


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in systems engineering, computer science, network security, cyber-security or other related field. The education requirement can be substituted with a Bachelor's Degree and 5 years of experience in relevant field
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience as lead/key contributor in the development of capability or technical level architecture products for complex systems environments
  • Certified in TOGAF (or NAF) with 1 year of proven experience of applying the Framework in projects. The certification requirement can be substituted with 5 years of experience in Framework application
  • Certified as one of the following: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), GIAC Security Expert or ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Experience working for NATO or similar military structure (i.e. International Organization or national MoD)
  • NATO Secret Security Clearance or National equivalent
  • Demonstrated proficiency in English as defined in STANAG 6001 (Standardized Linguistic Profile (SLP) 3333 - Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing) or equivalent

DEFTEC offers a comprehensive whole-life benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, holiday, paid time off, 401K with a match, life insurance, short/long-term disability, and educational reimbursement.

DEFTEC is a Drug-Free Workplace where post-offer applicants and employees are subject to testing for marijuana, cocaine, opioids, amphetamines, PCP, and alcohol when criteria are met as outlined in our policies.

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DEFTEC Corp is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type based on actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding , and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity, and gender expression, religious creed, disability (mental and physical) including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics ), genetic information, age, marital status, civil union status, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, denial of family and medical care leave, arrest record and/or any other characteristic(s) protected by federal, state or local law.

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Tags: CISM CISSP Clearance Computer Science GIAC ISACA NATO Network security Security Clearance Surveillance TOGAF

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Country: United States
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