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Vulnerability Management Team Lead

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Lexington, Massachusetts 02421
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Vulnerability Management Team Lead

MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Lexington, MA


The ISD Cyber Security Sector is responsible for monitoring and protecting Laboratory information systems. The sector operates and maintains computer network defense (CND) tools and data sources (network and host level) in support of incident response and mitigation processes. Services include briefings to management, advising them of issues that may affect the Laboratory's security posture. The sector also conducts vulnerability assessment scanning at the network, system, and application levels, and coordinates mitigations and communications to the Laboratory community.


The Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Team Lead will provide leadership and direction in the day-to-day management of the vulnerability assessment, tracking, and remediation efforts to the Laboratory Cyber Security Vulnerability Management Infrastructure. The Cyber Security VM Team Lead will provide oversight, technical leadership and vision, with respect to operations of the Laboratory vulnerability management process, ensuring adherence to industry standards.


Responsibilities will include: facilitating design reviews for proposed solutions; providing recommendations on viability; implementation strategies and optimal implementation of solutions; demonstration of expert level knowledge of vulnerability remediation strategies; ensuring changes to security infrastructures are made with optimal security standards and best practices in mind; setting strategic and technical direction following industry standards and security best practices.


Vulnerability Assessment:

  • Implement, maintain, and document enterprise vulnerability assessment systems and business processes.
  • Create procedures and customized scan configurations appropriate for the desired performance and accuracy.
  • Perform scheduled scans of Laboratory DoD classified and unclassified networks with minimal impact to users.
  • Provide custom vulnerability reporting for SSD, ISD, and Group Administrators as required.
  • Review and analyze vulnerability results and monitor remediation efforts in coordination with ISD Management and Systems Administrators.
  • Conduct all types of Web applications security testing, including those indicated in the OWASP testing guide.


General Security Projects:

  • Perform Security Reviews to assess security best practices are adopted for Laboratory deployment projects.
  • Assist in evaluating potential security tools, devices, or methods.
  • Develop project plans, architecture diagrams, requirement documentation, test plans, change requests, and communication to users.


Security Infrastructure Operations:

  • Perform day to day support and maintenance of vulnerability assessment systems (e.g. Vulnerability Assessment Scanners & Management System, ACAS and Antivirus/malware scanning systems such as OPSWAT)
  • Troubleshooting, vendor coordination, budgeting, capacity planning, OS patching and updating.
  • Assess and report on operational readiness of enterprise systems through vulnerability scanning, configuration management tools and log analysis (eg. Nessus, RedSeal and Splunk)
  • Monitor performance metrics and log data for continuous improvement and tuning to match current threats.
  • Maintain and update documentation, including standard operating procedures.
  • Assist other team members by acting as secondary support role of various security systems.


Communication & Collaboration:

  • Document and track actions to ensure accurate timeline of events is available
  • Coordinate efforts among analyst to enhance mitigation efforts and avoid duplication of efforts.
  • Coordinate with Security Services Department on threat impact, nature and potential scope.
  • Develop and publish detailed Vulnerability Assessment reports as required.


Threat Assessment:

  • Assist the Threat Assessment team with determination of threat level and action to be performed on systems of interest, e.g. through vulnerability scanning or configuration management reporting.
  • Identify ways to mitigate future risk to the Laboratory.
  • Recommend escalation of systems of interest for policy violations and risk to the threat assessment team.

This position is under general supervision of the Cyber Security Sector Manager.


This position does not have direct financial responsibility. However, technical expertise may be required for assisting with product selection.


This position will maintain frequent contact with internal department and/or Laboratory user community as well as external vendors to maintain communications related to project execution.  



Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Strong working knowledge of various enterprise network and standalone security systems and technologies - including vulnerability assessment to include ACAS, configuration management and auditing, intrusion protection, firewalls, anti-virus, laptop encryption, and digital forensics.
  • 15+ years’ experience in the information technology field.
  • 8+ years’ experience specifically in the information security field.
  • Proven operational support experience with design and management of vulnerability assessment environments including Tenable Nessus and Security Center.
  • Use of advanced options of common discovery and assessment tools such as Nmap, OpenSSL and Netcat.
  • Configuration auditing and/or monitoring using Nessus and Redseal and/or other configuration management tools.
  • Use of various network security systems to assist in the investigation of security anomalies and incidents.
  • Knowledge of penetration testing and vulnerability assessment strategies.
  • IAT Level II DoD Approved Baseline Certification.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.



  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technologies, engineering or equivalent experience.
  • GSEC, GCIH, CISSP or equivalent certification.
  • Proven ability to script in Perl or Python.
  • Knowledge of Department of Defense and FISMA requirements.
  • Experience with DoD ACAS and/or HBSS systems.
  • Working knowledge of NIST security controls.
  • ITIL v3 Foundations experience and/or certification.


Occasional off-hour/on-call support is necessary. 


A certain degree of flexibility of schedule is required as some work (planned/unplanned) must be done outside of major production hours during pre-scheduled maintenance windows.


Additional Information:

This position requires an individual with excellent communication (both oral and writing) and organizational skills. The individual must be able to work in a fast-paced environment at times with minimal supervision and execute project and administrative tasks with a high degree of quality, while following existing processes, and establishing new operational procedures and best practices where necessary. Additionally, the position requires the ability to work with members of other teams and staff to all necessary department and organizational goals.


To Apply:

For a full position description and to apply, please visit https://careers.ll.mit.edu and search using requisition # 25131


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.


Posted: 2019-02-11 Expires: 2019-04-12

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