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Certification Consultant – APL

  • Location Herndon, VA
  • Category Computer / IT
  • Date Posted 01/26/2022
  • Type Contract to Hire
  • Commitment Part-time
  • Job ID #4337

Privately held company in Herndon, VA that assists its clients through the security certification and validation process, is looking for a Certification Consultant – APL.

Hours/Schedule: 20-25 hours/week (full-time also an option)

Job Type: Contract to Hire

Location Requirements: Remote or Hybrid
Rate: $35-42/hour

Job Description: Certifications Consultant supporting the APL team

  • Examine and test IT products against security certification standards in order to determine and document compliance gap reports
  • Analyze design, architecture and implementation details of IT products and produce technical documentation specific to security certifications
  • Configure IT products to meet compliance requirements and produce certification-specific deployment guidance
  • Test products against STIGs and perform vulnerability assessments
  • Communicate effectively with security product vendors, testing facilities, personnel, and government authorities to address compliance gaps, testing queries and documentation comments


  • Bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Cyber Security, Computer Engineering, or a comparable field
  • Hands on experience with STIG testing or configuring NIST SP800-53 controls.
  • Deep understanding of at least two of the following IT concepts: networking, cryptography, operating systems, cybersecurity, information assurance and risk management
  • Working knowledge of commonly deployed enterprise IT solutions such as Active Directory, NTP servers, syslog servers, VMware vSphere, vCenter and ESXi etc.
  • Strong analytical and technical skills in assessing IT products, excellent organization skills, and great attention to detail in reporting and tracking compliance activities
  • Ability to work independently and conduct research to expand skill set
  • Ability to install, configure and troubleshoot networking products such as Firewalls, Ethernet Switches, Routers, IDS/IPS, SIEM, Cybersecurity tools etc.
  • Ability to use vulnerability scanning tools such as Nessus or Wireshark and generate reports on risks and mitigation plans
  • Excellent technical writing skills – must be able to prepare consistent and quality technical documentation
  • Strong oral presentation skills – ability to articulate requirements in technical and non-technical terms to customers, peers and management
  • US Citizen or Permanent Legal Resident
  • Familiarity with Common Criteria, FIPS 140-3, DoDIN APL, or NIST SP 800-53
  • Background in development of SAR and POA&Ms
  • Familiarity with Docker and Kubernetes
  • Background in product testing

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