Iridium Satellite

  • Security Engineer

    Job Locations US-VA-McLean
    Job ID 2018-1225
    Information Technology
    Worker Category
    Regular Full-Time[F]
  • Company Overview

    Aireon is on the path to revolutionizing air traffic surveillance and aircraft tracking, as the world’s first and only company deploying a 100 percent global space-based system. This system will provide real-time aircraft monitoring spanning never before covered areas of the planet, including remote, oceanic and polar regions.  Aireon’s receivers are hosted on the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation, which began launching in January 2017.  The Iridium NEXT constellation consists of 66 operational satellites in a low-earth orbit and utilizes a unique cross-linked satellite architecture creating a web of coverage around the world.  The Aireon system has the ability to enable a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly aviation industry resulting in significant COemission reductions.  Numerous Air Navigation Service Providers have already signed on to receive Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, including NAV CANADA, Naviair, Enav, the Irish Aviation Authority, UK NATs and more. 

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

    The Security Engineer is an integral part of Aireon’s network and information system security program, and is principally responsible for monitoring and protecting Aireon’s sensitive data and systems from intrusions; helping the organization understand advanced cyber threats; and helping to create strategies to protect Aireon networks.  The Security Engineer will report directly to Aireon’s Information Security Manager (ISM). Communication and adeptness at working with a variety of personalities and skillsets across multiple organizations, multiple time zones, managing subcontract and vendor relationships, and willingness to contribute broadly in a fast-paced, start-up environment will be a key part of this role.



    • Engineer, implement and monitor security measures for the protection of computer systems, networks and information.
    • Prepare and document system security plans, standard operating procedures and protocols.
    • Perform vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments.
    • Respond to information security issues during each stage of a project’s lifecycle.
    • Define, implement and maintain corporate security policies.
    • Monitor VPNs, server logs, firewall logs, intrusion detection logs, and network traffic for unusual or suspicious activity. Interpret activity and coordinate with the ISM to develop plans for resolution.
    • Support Incident Response investigations as required and occasionally after normal business hours.
    • Maintain and keep current all security systems and their corresponding or associated software, including firewalls, VPNs, intrusion detection systems, cryptographic systems, biometrics, anti-spam, and anti-virus software, and all updates published by their respective vendors or manufacturers.
    • Assist in designing and implementing disaster recovery plans for operating systems, databases, network connections and protocols, servers, and software applications.
    • Performs other Information Technology duties as assigned by the Director of Operations, or the Information Security Manager.


    • Expertise in anti-virus software, intrusion detection, firewalls and content filtering.
    • Knowledge of risk assessment tools, technologies and methods.
    • Disaster recovery, computer forensic tools, technologies and methods.
    • Planning, researching and developing security policies, standards and procedures.
    • Malicious code identification and analysis.
    • Endpoint security solutions, including file integrity monitoring and data loss prevention.
    • Cloud platforms such as AZURE and services such as (PaaS, IaaS, SaaS) security.
    • Automating security testing tools.
    • Ability and motivation to work in a fast-paced, start-up entrepreneurial environment.
    • Proactive communicator with strong written and verbal skills.
    • U.S. Citizenship Required


    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

    • 4-year computer science or engineering college degree.
    • Minimum 4 years information security or information technology work experience. 
    • One or more of the following relevant Security Industry Certifications preferred (CISSP, CISM, CISA, ISSEP, CCSP, CompTIA Security+, CCNA Security, C|EH, etc.)
    • Broad hands-on knowledge of network and information security components, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, network devices and protocols, anti-virus software, data encryption, and other industry-standard techniques and practices. 
    • Hands on experience with providing awareness training of the workforce on information security standards, policies and best practices.
    • Hands on experience with conducting penetration and vulnerability testing. 
    • Experience with monitoring networks and systems for security breaches.
    • Demonstrated experience with leading incident response, including steps to minimize the impact; conducting a technical and forensic investigation into how the breach happened; and assessing the extent of the damage.
    • Practical knowledge of secure coding practices, ethical hacking and threat modeling.
    • Familiarization with Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), phishing, social engineering, network access controllers (NAC), provisioning access controllers (PAC), gateway anti-malware, and enhanced authentication.
    • Hands on experience with Security Testing and Audit Platforms (Nessus, NMAP, etc.)
    • Working knowledge of host/network common vulnerabilities and exploits (CVEs, IAVAs, etc.), hacker methodologies and tactics, and the tools used.
    • Solid experience with Windows, Linux, Red Hat, etc. hosts, operating systems, and applications.
    • Strong knowledge of scripting languages like PowerShell, Python or bash.
    • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment.
    • Regional and International travel required.
    • Ability to obtain Position of Trust clearance.


    Aireon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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