Cybersecurity Specialist

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location/s
  • Troy, MI

Job Description

Ricardo Defense is seeking a Cybersecurity Specialist to assess cybersecurity posture and provide analysis and design support in achieving Risk Management Framework (RMF) cybersecurity accreditation for vehicle systems within the Department of Defense (DoD) arena. This is a remote position with occasional travel possible.

The Cybersecurity Specialist will work closely with government customers and subject matter experts to create and execute cybersecurity processes while applying detailed knowledge of Army and DoD certification and accreditation (C&A) processes. These cybersecurity processes include RMF, NIST, DOD 8500, DISA/STIGs/IAVM & FISMA. 

Qualified applicants will develop cybersecurity certification packages and support accreditations, implement DISA STIGs internally for Ricardo Defense, as well as with the DoD customer. Applicants must also be able to review security related standard operating procedures and instructions and recommend updates to corporate and project processes to ensure compliance with NIST 800-53, 800-171 controls and later the emerging CMMC standard. The cybersecurity specialist will work with software development teams to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to minimize vulnerability and ensure that customer security requirements are met. Expect the cybersecurity specialist to keep abreast of the latest cybersecurity issues, technologies and approaches. Assists in the conduct of annual security reviews, including RMF accreditations.

Candidates for this position must be able to perform successfully both collaboratively and independently with periodic oversight. This position requires regular interaction with customers and subject matter experts.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Derive and allocate cybersecurity requirements to sub-system and component levels
  • Lead the corporate Cybersecurity efforts to assure NIST 800-171 compliance leading to CMMC compliance, and develop and maintain required Cyber security documentation
  • Collaborate with project managers, development team, end users and customers to ensure that requirements and expectations are addressed in all phases of the project
  • Conduct reviews with product teams to ensure cybersecurity requirements are being met throughout the product development cycle
  • Successfully represent the company and communicate effectively with customers


  • Hands-on experience with A&A of enterprise software systems
  • Experience working with security architecture, design and implementation
  • Experience in Federal IT infrastructure security, Cybersecurity and RMF for IT systems
  • Experience developing System Security Plans (SSP)
  • Experience developing Plans of Action and Milestones (POA&Ms)
  • Excellent written communication skills and ability to present standout presentations
  • Strong analytic and problem-solving skills
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • The ability to communicate complex ideas succinctly and persuasively to peers, management and customers
  • Experience using Army-approved tools (e.g. Retina, Nessus, DISA Gold, HPFortify, etc.)
  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and/or CGRC (Certified Governance Risk and Compliance) certification 


  • Bachelor's degree in IT, computer science or engineering from an accredited college or university 
  • Experience with cybersecurity for information systems
  • A minimum of 12 years of relevant experience with a minimum of five years of relevant cybersecurity engineering experience
  • Good technical leadership, planning and organization/control skills
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a United States Government Secret Clearance and Common Access Card (CAC). Minimum requirement for a secret clearance is US Citizenship. Only applicants meeting these requirements will be considered

Ricardo Defense offers an impressive compensation and benefits package including:

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Benefits
  • Company Paid Life and AD&D
  • Company Paid Short Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending & HSA Accounts
  • 401k with Company Match
  • Paid holidays, vacation and sick days

About Us:
Ricardo Defense Inc, is the business entity within Ricardo plc that works on classified safety and defense contracts for the US DoD and it therefore operates as a separate entity governed by a Special Security Agreement (SSA). Ricardo Defense Inc provides solutions to meet the challenges faced by defense customers in the integration of complex and diverse systems specializing in taking innovative technologies from science to real-world deployment. For more information, visit

Ricardo Defense Inc, is a proud recipient of the 2022 Hire Vets Gold Medallion Award.

Ricardo Defense Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity or gender expression), age, mental or physical disability, creed, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic trait or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.