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Information System Security Officer

IT Assistant Director I

Recruitment #23-004490-0002


The Maryland State Department of Education is dedicated to supporting a world-class educational system that prepares all students for college and career success in the 21st century. With excellent stewardship from our divisions, we oversee State and federal programs that support the needs of a diverse population – students, teachers, principals, and other educators throughout Maryland.

This is a Management Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.




Nancy S. Grasmick Education Building
200 W. Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Note: All MSDE positions require in-person/on-site reporting

Main Purpose of Job

The Information System Security Officer (ISSO) serves as the principal advisor to the Information System Owner (SO), Business Process Owner, and Information System Security Manager (ISSM) on all matters, technical and otherwise, involving the security of an information system. ISSOs are responsible for ensuring the implementation and maintenance of security controls in accordance with the Security Plan (SP) and Department, State, and Federal regulations. The ISSO will be called on to provide guidance, oversight, and expertise, and assist Program Managers or System Owners develop security documents or implement any security controls. While the ISSO may not actually perform all functions, they will have to coordinate, facilitate, or otherwise ensure certain activities are being performed. As a result, it is important for the ISSO to build relationships with the System Owners, technical staff, and other stakeholders.


  • Execute the MSDE Cybersecurity Program under the direction of the Chief Information Security Officer
  • Lead the Department, especially system owners and program managers, through the security authorization process for their systems
  • Act as MSDE lead for cybersecurity incident response
  • Ensure all system users receive security awareness before being granted system access
  • Maintain a record of security awareness and role-based training is maintained to include the name and position of the person trained, the type of training, the date of the training, and the cost of the training
  • Provide statistics on initial and refresher security awareness to the CISO, CIO, and DoIT as required 
  • Provide all system users receive additional security awareness whenever system security changes occur, or when the user’s responsibilities change
  • Ensure personnel with significant security responsibilities receive annual specialized role based training specific to their security responsibilities


Education: A bachelors degree in Cyber Security, Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field of study or equivalent experience.

Experience:  Five years of cybersecurity experience.  One year of experience as an Information System Secuirty Officer (ISSO). Three years of experience with NIST's Risk Management Framework (RMF) & Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) and NIST Special Publications 800 series


Preference will be given to applicants who possess the following preferred qualification(s). Include clear and specific information on your application regarding your qualifications.

  • MS degree Cyber Security, Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field or equivalent
  • Have 5+ years as an ISSO, ISSM, AISSM
  • Current DoD 8140 IAT Level II Certification or greater OR CCNA-Security, GICSP, GSEC, Sec+CE, CND, SSCP, CAP, GSLC current certification(s)
  • Knowledge of state,  national, and international laws, regulations, policies, and ethics as they relate to cybersecurity
  • Have 2+ years of Google Workspace and Microsoft365 workspaces
  • Have experience with VMware and Virtual Environments
  • Have experience with Oracle and IBM environments
  • Intermediate experience with Splunk
  • Mastery level knowledge of public key infrastructure and access control systems


Applicants must consent to State and FBI (CJIS) background check as a routine procedure for all employees. 


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

For education obtained outside of the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation will be required prior to hire. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



It is preferred that applicants complete the MD State Government online application for employment -AND- submit their professional resume. The application must clearly demonstrate that the applicant meets the minimum qualifications for the position. If the applicant is unable to apply online, paper applications can be obtained from the link below and  mailed to MSDE Office of Human Resources, 200 W. Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. If there is a supplemental questionnaire, this must be completed and sent in with your paper application, if you are unable to apply online.

Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.  

All application materials must be received in our office by the closing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Applications must be complete to be considered including all related job duties, even if those are also listed on an attached resume. Additional required materials may be uploaded with the online application or mailed to the address listed.

Inquiries can be made to 410-767-0019 TDD 410-333-3045. Appropriate accommodations can be made for individuals with disabilities.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. TTY Users: Call via Maryland Relay.

Proof of eligibility to work is required in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity. People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

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