Information System Security Officer (ISSO)

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Information System Security Officer (ISSO)

SpaceX is looking for an experienced information security professional with a broad technical knowledge of information assurance, and a proven track-record of managing the assessment and accreditation of information systems in secure environments. This employee will be a member of the National Security Team and will have primary responsibility for ensuring the authorization and accreditation for classified systems.  The ideal candidate will flourish in a demanding and challenging environment with little direct guidance (other than from the ISSM), but a high degree of responsibility and accountability. He or she should be a self-starter, self-motivator and possess impeccable integrity to excel at this position.


  • Work with the ISSM and System Administrator for the information system to ensure compliance with government requirements and regulations, including NIST 800-53a and derivatives. Build analyses of these requirements/regulations, as well as updating and assembling the required documentation needed in order to maintain and/or receive an Authorization to Operate (ATO).
  • Be a subject matter expert on government accreditation processes in classified spaces. Be the day-to-day person for answering questions on process, timeline, and status of classified assets and then reporting what’s required to the ISSM.
  • Assist in writing policy, procedure, and standards on the proper secure deployment and maintenance of classified information technology systems.
  • Build and maintain relationships with Government customers to keep open lines of communication as systems are built-out and accredited. Respond to requests for information in a thorough and timely manner.
  • “Roll up your sleeves” to accredit, change, and expand the current information systems in support of the program as necessary. Provide technical expertise on the authorization and accreditation process.
  • Report out to internal business owners and executive sponsors on status and timelines – both periodically and as independently requested. 


  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • 3+ years of experience serving as an ISSE, ISSO, ISSM.
  • CISSP, Security+, or other DoD Approved 8570 Baseline Certification in the Information Assurance Management (IAM) Level III category. 


  • Completed bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, information systems/IT, mathematics, physics, or similar technical discipline.
  • Working knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF) within both the IC and DoD communities.
  • Authorization, certification, and accreditation processes as it pertains to classified information systems.
  • Strong experience with tools such as XACTA, Archer, and SSRDB. 
  • Basic knowledge of computer networking and Windows systems management.
  • Superb communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Demonstrated technical project management skills.
  • Track record of getting things done quickly and with quality.

Additional Requirements:

  • Active Top Secret/SCI U.S. Government clearance, or active Top Secret clearance with favorable completion of a U.S. Government polygraph pursuant to employment.
  • Candidates will be subject to pre-employment screening (including background check, drug/alcohol test, psychology exam, polygraph, and sample writing test), and to random drug/alcohol testing throughout employment.
  • Ability to travel in support of programmatic requirements.


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

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