Nessus Subject Matter Expert

The successful Nessus Subject Matter Expert supports the development and implementation of cyber engineering strategies, tools and techniques to enhance a system’s cyber-resiliency against existing and emerging cyber-threats. The successful candidate will be required to perform hands-on technical analysis of test data and use critical thinking and a broad understanding of different technologies to identify areas susceptible to cyber-attack, based upon provided cyber-threat intelligence. Upon identifying susceptibilities, assist in developing recommended improvements to engineering requirements and specifications. The candidate will support development of presentations and reports to document findings, and will require good communication and interpersonal skills to convey findings in a tactful manner and at the technical proficiency of the audience.

Responsibilities also include:

  • Capable of providing cybersecurity engineering support on systems, system elements, interfacing systems, components, security tools, devices and/or processes for developmental and operational cyber tools
  • Possess in-depth technical and theoretical knowledge of cyber defensive operations and technologies
  • Capable of working independently or as a team member to solve cybersecurity engineering problems
  • Develop and analyze available COTs cyber protection tools that will improve security posture and provide recommendations that support the remediation and protection of systems
  • Perform requirements traceability to assessment findings
  • Perform cyber criticality, mission impact, and risk analysis of recommended tools
  • Translate analytical findings into security “use cases” that can be implemented within available surveillance capabilities
  • Provide detailed and accurate technical reporting of analysis results in the form of PowerPoint presentations and/or Word documents, as well as oral briefings on complex technical subjects attuned to senior management, technical, or non-technical audiences

Required Skills:

  • Installing and Configuring Nessus, Nessus Manager, Nessus Agents, Log Correlation Engine, Nessus Network Monitor, and Security Center on both Linux/Unix and Windows based environments
  • Secure Tenable server an Enable SSL
  • Integrating Tenable products with LDAP, Active Directory, and CyberArk.
  • Responsible for the creation of tenable Organizations, Repositories, and Scan Zones.
  • Responsible for local and LDAP based user management.
  • Responsible for configuring tenable plugins/feeds and adding audit files
  • Responsible for licensing the product both online and offline.
  • Responsible for adding scan policies, audit policies, and credentials to Security Center, and Nessus Manager.
  • Responsible for configuring Nessus Manager scan pulls to Security Center
  • Responsible for importing and adding dashboards
  • Must have an active Top Secret Clearance with SCI eligibility.

Desired Skills:

  • Should hold one or more of the following certifications in good, current standing: CISA, GCIH, GCED, CISSP, CASP, or Security+
  • Experience with Cybersecurity Ark and SailPoint
  • Experience with implementing PKI and PIV standards
  • Experience with federation technologies and solutions -Knowledge of information security best practices
  • Knowledge of Active Directory design and configuration
  • Knowledge of Enterprise Directory architecture
  • 3+ years of related Identity Management tools engineering experience, including installing, configuring and troubleshooting experience with one or more of these tools:
    • CyberArk
    • SailPoint
    • CA PAM
    • Tenable-Nessu
  • One or more active certification listed below:
    • Tenable Certificate of Proficiency
    • SailPoint Certified IdentityIQ Engineer
    • SailPoint Certified IdentityIQ Architect
    • CyberArk Trustee certification (Level 1)
    • CyberArk Defender certification (Level 2)
    • CyberArk Sentry certification (Level 3)
    • CyberArk Guardian certification (Level 4
  • Able to work across multiple organizations, cultures, and service providers to synthesize actionable information

Required Education (including Major):

•Bachelor's degree and a minimum of 8 years of prior relevant experience.
•A Master’s degree in a related discipline may be substituted for two (2) years of experience
•Professional experience may be substituted for a degree