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Sr. Information System Security Manager (ISSM) - TS/SCI

Rocket Lab

Rocket Lab

Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024

About The Role


Rocket Lab is a global leader in launch and space systems. The rockets and satellites we build and launch enable some of the most ambitious and vital space missions globally, supporting scientific exploration, Earth observation and missions to combat climate change, national security, and exciting new technology demonstrations. Our Electron rocket has provided reliable access to orbit since 2018, becoming one of the most frequently launched rockets in the world. Neutron will be our next rocket on the launch pad, an advanced 13-tonne payload class, reusable rocket to launch the mega constellations of the future. Our space systems business includes our extensive line of satellites and components that have enabled more than 1,700 missions including the James Webb Space Telescope, NASA Psyche Mission, Artemis I, Mars Ingenuity helicopter, and more.

Join our pioneering team and launch your career to new heights!


Based out of Rocket Lab's Headquarters in Long Beach, CA the Sr. Information System Security Manager (ISSM) is responsible for maintaining the overall security posture for all Rocket Lab classified information systems and is accountable for the implementation of the Risk Management Framework (RMF). The ISSM serves as the principal advisor on all matters, technical and otherwise, involving the security of the classified information systems. In this role you will support the Corporate CPSO/FSO and Government Program Security organization.


  • Develop and continually improve/maintain the information system security program and related policies as needed for a variety of information systems and areas of responsibility. This includes all documentation for information system authorization, security management, Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), Interconnection Security Agreements (ISA), and continuous monitoring (CONMON) for all classified information system types.
  • Ensure classified information systems meet cybersecurity requirements and government directives through the performance of system auditing, vulnerability risk assessments, assured file transfers, hardware and software configuration management, data integrity control implementation, and investigations on security violations and/or incidents.
  • Provide cybersecurity education and training to all system users; Provide technical and procedural Information System security expertise as needed.
  • Assume System Administrator and ISSE/ISSO responsibilities as necessary and assist in other disciplines of Security as needed to support the program.
  • Develop, maintain, and update, in coordination with all system stakeholders, any required POA&Ms in order to identify system weaknesses, mitigating actions, resources, and timelines for corrective actions. Entries in the POA&M will be based on vulnerabilities and recommendations identified during assessments.
  • Maintain the system(s) in accordance with the security plan and Authorization to Operate (ATO); manage, maintain, and execute the continuous monitoring strategy.
  • Ensure approved procedures are used for sanitizing and releasing system components and media.
  • Provide indirect supervision and training of less experienced security staff members.
  • Support Business Development by providing security requirements and the estimation of security support for proposals.
  • Perform other security-related duties as assigned or required by program needs.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related technical discipline preferred, or the equivalent combination of education, professional training, or work experience culminating in at least 8 years of experience in cybersecurity, information technology, or a related field as an ISSM, ISSO, or System Administrator implementing or managing cybersecurity requirements, security plans, and accreditation packages for classified information systems under DoD and/or IC organizations.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen with a current SSBI and must maintain an active Top Secret SCI clearance with polygraph as required by program sponsor(s).
  • Must possess or be able to obtain DoD 8570 IAM Level III security certification within 4 months of employment (CISSP or CASP equivalent).
  • Experience with DAAPM, NISPOM, ICD 503, NIST 800-53, and NIST 800-171 implementations.
  • Experience with cyber tools (Nessus, Splunk, etc.).
  • Ability to travel in support of other locations or programs when required.

The selected candidate will be required to work onsite at the listed location.


    • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate with both senior level leaders, internal and external personnel, and customers on significant matters.
    • Must be a self-driven and results-oriented individual capable of effectively working multiple day-to-day tasks concurrently while maintaining the ability to articulate and present intelligent, decisive, and risk-managed security recommendations and decisions in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Experience developing and executing program protection strategies for existing and developing NISP, SAR, and/or SCI programs
  • Ability to manage large projects or processes that span outside of immediate job area.

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the California Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.

Base salary is only one part of Rocket Lab’s compensation package for this role. You may be eligible for company stock, stock options, or cash incentives, and can purchase discounted stock through Rocket Lab’s Employee Stock Purchase Program. Employee benefits may also include medical, dental, and vision insurance coverage; 401(k) retirement plan options; paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave; paid parental leave; and other discounts and perks.

Base Pay Range (CA Only)
$104,900$194,700 USD


We’re on a mission to unlock the potential of space to improve life on Earth, but that’s not an easy task. It takes hard work, determination, relentless innovation, teamwork, grit, and an unwavering commitment to achieving what others often deem impossible. Our people out-think, out-work and out-pace. We pride ourselves on having each other’s backs, checking our egos at the door, and rolling up our sleeves on all tasks big and small. We thrive under pressure, work to tight deadlines, and our focus is always on how we can deliver, rather than dwelling on the challenges that stand in the way.

Important information:


To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Rocket Lab Employees must be a U.S. citizen, lawful U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State and/or the U.S. Department of Commerce, as applicable. Learn more about ITAR here.

Rocket Lab provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment at Rocket Lab, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for the application/interview process for a job in the United States should contact Giulia Biow at [email protected].This dedicated resource is intended solely to assist job seekers with disabilities whose disability prevents them from being able to apply/interview. Only messages left for this purpose will be considered. A response to your request may take up to two business days.


For security reasons background checks will be undertaken prior to any employment offers being made to an applicant. These checks will include nationality checks as it is a requirement of this position that you be eligible to access equipment and data regulated by the United States' International Traffic in Arms Regulations.

Under these Regulations, you may be ineligible for this role if you do not hold citizenship of Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, the European Union or a country that is part of NATO, or if you hold ineligible dual citizenship or nationality. For more information on these Regulations, click here ITAR Regulations.

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