Cyber Security Analyst w/Active Secret Clearance

Cotton & Company – Alexandria, VA

Make that next move in your career. Cotton & Company is looking for you to join our team of professionals. We are all about making your work life fun, while making a difference - giving back to our community and industry. We offer competitive compensation packages, benefits, and a fun work environment. Make your next career move to Cotton & Company – voted by our employees as one of Washington Post’s Top Workplaces for 3 years in a row!


Vitals: Cotton & Company LLP seeks a talented Cyber Security Analyst to supervise and perform tasks related to conducting technical cyber security audits of various federal agencies and their contractors. The auditor will be responsible for the planning, organization, and supervision of multiple IA audit and consulting engagements. Responsibilities will include overseeing and performing tasks related to the review and evaluation of computer-based systems, auditing general and application controls in complex IT environments, and participating in the hiring and development of staff and senior IA auditors.

Full Time: We will keep you busy for the 5 days in between the weekends.

Mover and Shaker: You will have the opportunity to work at both company headquarters and at various client sites, travel about 25% of the time (usually within the U.S.), and must be able to transport a laptop and working documents.

Your team: You will work directly with your manager and partner on assigned projects. They will work with you in enriching your professional capability, industry knowledge, and interpersonal flair.

You’ll be a great fit if you:

  • Believe in quality work and have a strong work ethic
  • Are able to speak effectively before groups including clients, peers and management
  • Are able to write reports, emails, and other business correspondence in a clear and concise manner
  • Are able to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished written or orally
  • Are detail-oriented, well organized and able to work effectively both independently and with a team
  • Are able to multi-task across multiple projects
  • Have strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interview individuals associated with the audit
  • Are proficient in the use of MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Are a self-starter and independent but also a great team player who enjoys contributing to a company that emphasizes integrity and quality
  • The Particulars

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college/university in Computer Science, Information Systems, Accounting Information Systems, Decision Support Systems, Business Information Technology, or Information Security Assurance
  • Minimum 5 years cyber security, IT audit or consulting experience, preferably in the Government sector, but experience may also include Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 experience
  • CEH, CPT, or CISSP certification is preferred
  • Federal government experience, knowledge of federal laws including OMB A-130, NIST Special Publications, and FISMA
  • Knowledge of FISCAM and/or COBIT methodology
  • Understanding of general and application controls, basic financial applications and network operations
  • Experience performing vulnerability assessments and/or attack and penetration work
  • Audit experience working with Windows, Unix operating systems, SQL and Oracle database platforms
  • Experience working with security and penetration tools such as WireShark, Nessus, Metasploit, or other similar tool sets
  • Experience consulting or auditing network architectures, firewall configuration, rule sets, and SIEM implementations
  • Ability to supervise, delegate, motivate, and provide feedback to the team
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to speak effectively before groups and/or present information to clients, peers, and management
  • Keen attention to detail, with strong organizational skills and ability to work independently as well as manage a team
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel
  • Maintain excellent client relations for the firm
  • Meet expectations for attendance, punctuality, and company/client deadlines and abide by all company policies
  • Perform other duties as assigned
  • Ability to travel up to 25 percent annually
  • Ability to obtain a U.S. federal security clearance (U.S. citizenship required)
  • At Cotton & Company, we believe that work should be both fun and intellectually challenging, while allowing for a healthy work/life balance. Our competitive compensation and benefits feature incentives such as professional certification, tuition reimbursement, and an individualized mentorship program.

    You'll find that we're small enough to notice the performance of our employees and large enough to reward it. If you share our outlook and philosophies, we invite you to inquire about joining our team.

    Cotton & Company LLP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other classification protected by law.

    Work location is subject to change based on client requirements. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, regarding accessibility of our website, a modification or adjustment of the job application or interview process due to a disability, please call 703-836-6701 or email Please be advised that this contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of an application.

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