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  • Required: US Secret Security Clearance or higher DoD Security Clearance
  • Significant overseas travel will be required to Qatar
  • Salary Range $180,000 - $210,000.



DAWSON has an opportunity for a Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) Engineer in the National Capital Region with implementation in Qatar. The DCO Engineer will provide subject matter expertise and perform various Cyber Security tasks including development, integration, testing and evaluation, and implementation. This position is integral to the engineering and deploying of a secure computing environment for a foreign ally customer that introduces new capabilities and incorporates existing capabilities across multiple enclaves. Additionally, this position is a blend of security documentation and technical capabilities. DAWSON is seeking an individual that specializes in Cyber Security and Defensive Cyber Operations and can plan/recommend courses of actions to influence secure and resilient architectures.

This challenging large-scale opportunity supports the foreign military operations in a small to medium size enterprise. The Defensive Cyber Operations Engineer will be responsible for integrating information assurance disciplines into the solutions architectures, network design, systems integration, and implementation.



  • Experience with Federal, DoD, IC, and industry standards in the creation of best practices and standard operating procedures
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the client environment and overall project scope
  • Experience with cybersecurity solutions that include TAPs, full packet capture analysis, and network insights tools
  • Experience in performing network audit/ network forensics and taking remedial actions on cyber security incidents.
  • Identifies Information Protection needs and defines Cyber Security Requirements; develop detailed Cyber Security Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), DCO concept of operations, processes and procedures
  • Plans and performs cyber security analysis, network auditing, network monitoring, and network security testing
  • Experience in identifying, researching, and mitigating against security weaknesses related to various network hardware and software
  • Experience in interfacing with specialized subject matter experts to ensure shared knowledge of defensive cyber security policies and procedures
  • Creates and documents security plans, policies, processes, and procedures in conjunction with DoD and Industry best practices.
  • Develops defensive cyber security plans for employing enterprise-wide security architecture
  • Analyzes and derives defensive cyberspace operations requirements into solutions architecture design
  • Supports development of strategies and cyberspace security measures to stakeholders
  • Advocates cyberspace defense capabilities within the design, development, and implementation of future systems and architecture designs
  • Configures, tests, and implements defensive cyber operations architecture capabilities according to derived requirements and in accordance with government and customer-specific guidelines



  • Required Clearance: Active DoD Secret or above
  • Bachelor of Science degree or higher from an accredited university in Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, or related field
  • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience as a Defensive Cyber Operations Specialist/ Engineer and 3+ years of experience with military cyberspace operations
  • DOD 8140/8570.01M, IAT Level II certification (CySA+, Security+ CE, CCNA Security, or equivalent certification)
  • Ability to work independently or on a global team in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Advance knowledge of Federal, Intelligence Community and DoD Information Security regulations, publications, and policies
  • Ability to apply cyber security risk assessment methodology to network development, including threat modelling development, vulnerability assessments, and resulting security risk analysis
  • Knowledge of firewalls, network designs, and maintenance/expansion of secure network environment
  • Ability to implement data network security measures
  • Ability to perform Incident Response (IR) and Endpoint Detection Response (EDR)
  • Ability to operate/monitor network intrusion detection tools and operate network forensic tools
  • Ability to conduct user behavior analysis (UBA), malware analysis, threat intelligence, threat modelling
  • Ability to support/ conduct Continuity of Operations Plan/ Disaster Recovery (COOP/DR) plans
  • Advanced investigative, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to appropriately balance priorities, deadlines, and deliverables
  • Ability to quickly adapt to new methods, work under tight deadlines and stressful conditions
  • Ability to work well within a small team environment
  • Ability to work with foreign nationals
  • Additional Preferred Technical Competencies
    • Smart TAP tools; Full packet capture tools
    • DCO tools (Splunk, GRR, Bro, etc.)
    • Network Aggregation TAPs (Gigamon GigaVUE)
    • Network Modeling and Cyber Risk Assessment
    • Network/ System security tools (HBSS, Tenable SecurityCenter, RedSeal, SIEM)
    • Powershell
    • PKI
    • Security Control Testing (NIST 800-53/CNSS1253)
    • Vulnerability Management
    • Security Status Reporting
    • Risk Management Framework
    • Remediation Actions (Plan of Actions and Milestones (POA&M)
    • Malware protection, prevention, and remediation
    • Security Incident Management
  • Remote access solutions and technologies
  • Significant overseas travel will be required to Qatar
  • Experience working with network administrators for hardening and remediation
  • Experience executing vulnerability assessments with commercially available tools
  • Experience with continuous monitoring toolsets



  • Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  • Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  • Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs workflows and procedures.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  • Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone's efforts to succeed.
  • Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.



  • Occasionally required to stand
  • Occasionally required to walk
  • Continually required to sit
  • Continually required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  • Continually required to talk or hear
  • While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Close vision; Distance vision; Color vision; Peripheral vision; Depth perception and ability to adjust focus
  • Additional remarks regarding work environment:
    • Candidate must be a US Citizen with a valid US Passport and valid State driver’s license
    • Must have an active or be able to obtain a US Secret or Higher DoD security clearance
    • Candidate must be able to travel to Qatar or other overseas locations for several months at a time
    • Candidate must be in good health with no pre-existing health issues impeding overseas work requirements/environment.
    • Candidates must successfully pass overseas medical and dental health assessments
    • Candidate must be able to obtain foreign country clearance(s) for Visa entries


Dawson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/VEVRAA federal contractor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

DAWSON offers a best-in-class benefits program including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a 401(k) program with employer match; paid vacation and sick leave; employer-paid basic life and AD&D insurance; an Employee Assistance Program; and a flexible work environment. Additionally, employees can choose from several voluntary benefits including critical illness coverage; accident insurance; identity theft coverage; pet insurance, and more.

DAWSON gives preference to internal candidates. If no internal candidate meets our qualifications, external candidates will be given consideration.


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Job Overview
Job Posted:
2 months ago
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Bachelor Degree
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