Obsidian Global

Vulnerability Assessor

Security Analyst in Washington, DC

Posted 2019-06-17


Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Security Operations Center (SOC) is a US Government program responsible to prevent, identify, contain and eradicate cyber threats to CBP networks through monitoring, intrusion detection and protective security services to CBP information systems including local area networks/wide area networks (LAN/WAN), commercial Internet connection, public facing websites, wireless, mobile/cellular, cloud, security devices, servers and workstations. The CBP SOC is responsible for the overall security of CBP Enterprise-wide information systems, and collects, investigates and reports any suspected and confirmed security violations.

The CBP SOC Program has a critical need for a Tier 1 Vulnerability Assessor (VAT) to join the VAT team of 3. The VAT Analyst will be assisting with the Enterprise Information System Vulnerability Management (ISVM) compliance validation, execute Vulnerability Scans and will conduct vulnerability assessments of IT systems. Perform research on current vulnerabilities, support Incident Response and SOC functions as related to vulnerabilities. Will be responsible for authoring security advisories.

Basic Qualifications:

BS degree Science, Technology, Engineering, Math or related field and 1+ years of prior relevant experience.
Relevant experience is within one of the following areas pen-testing, security technical assessments or supporting vulnerability scanning/management program.
Expertise and experience conducting assessments and vulnerability scans against web, database, operating system, wifi and network devices using DHS CDM vulnerability scanning tool suites.
Experience customizing and maintaining scan polices, scan schedules, inventories, zones, and repositories on scanning tools.
Experience providing formal and adhoc reports on security vulnerabilities
Experience reviewing scan results to ensure accurate findings
Experience the vulnerability assessment component of DHS Audits and FISMA security authorization, and on-going authorization activities.
Detailed oriented, strong problem solving abilities with an analytic and qualitative eye for reasoning under pressure
Self-starter with the ability to independently prioritize and complete multiple tasks with little to no supervision
Strong written, oral and presentation communication skills

Must have an active Secret Clearance. In addition to the specific clearance requirement, all personnel supporting CBP must have a current background investigation (BI) or obtain a favorable BI before joining the program.

Expertise with DHS CDM tools, specifically vulnerability scanning tools suite.
Tenable Security Center, Appdetective, WebInspect and Burp Suite
Ability to script in one more of the following computer languages Python, Bash, Visual Basic or Powershell

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Company summary

Obsidian Global is a small federal IT Services firm experienced at developing solutions for government clients. We are headquartered in Washington, DC with offices in Bethesda and Colorado. We have 120+ employees nationwide and are ISO and CMMI certified.


In addition to traditional small business healthcare benefits and 401K, we offer an online training platform to increase your skills and certifications for growth. We believe in personal development and good work/life balance. We host happy hours, sporting events, and holiday parties throughout the year. We also partner with event sites, gyms, and other perks to pass along corporate savings to our employees.

Interview process

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