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Security Compliance Specialist, Fort Collins, CO, US ID# 18693


The Security Compliance Specialist provides technical support to our client; the USDA Identity, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM) Program, within the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).  The position  provides IT and technical support that provides oversight and coordinates efforts to implement the processes, policies, and technology necessary to deliver enterprise-wide identity, credential, and access management capabilities to USDA agencies and staff offices. 


Provides expert insight and analysis of policy issues resulting in recommendations for and/or drafts of major policy papers, positions, and other artifacts. Guides policy through all necessary review and approval processes. Provides subject matter expertise on advanced Identity & Access Management solutions, throughout all project and system lifecycle phases. Supports customer requirements gathering, product evaluations, and product integration.   Contributes to the development and maintenance of certification and accreditation packages including policies, services, procedures, security plans, risk analysis, and contingency plans.

  • Overseeing the implementation of IT policies, procedures, services, and other security-related requirements in their Division
  • Evaluating and reviewing security technologies, mechanisms, devices, and systems and recommending changes to the ISO
  • Performing regularly scheduled analysis of system-generated audit trails and logs as defined in the system security plan
  • Assist ICAM Leadership in maintaining and implementing the Configuration and Change Management Plan (CCMP)
  • Create and maintain ICAM Standard Operating Procedure documentation related to Security and Compliance.
  • Serve as a liaison between ICAM and external audit organizations during annal compliance audits
  • Utilize the Cyber Security Assessment and Management (CSAM) system to manage security and compliance related information
  • Conduct monthly and quarterly audits of ICAM Systems and Components
  • Assist in the identification and implementation of management controls to assist ICAM in maintaining secure systems
  • Interfaces with USDA Agency Information System Security Project Managers (ISSPM) to assist the response effort in the event of a security incident
  • Interface with the ICAM Program Operations Manager to establish, document, and maintain ICAM security policies and practices
  • Meet with ICAM project teams to develop an awareness of new ICAM services under development; provide guidance to these teams to ensure the security posture of ICAM services is of the highest level
  • Maintain an expert knowledge NIST information security body of knowledge such as NIST 800-53 and 800-63
  • Maintain a deep understanding of FISMA and FICAM standards, principles and practices
  • Assist ICAM Management in requirements gathering and planning for Penetration Testing, Internal Audits
  • Create, maintain and execute tasks associated with Interconnection Security Agreements (ISA) and Security Impact Assessment (SIA) documentation
  • Maintain an inventory of ICAM Server and Software versions; conduct periodic audits to detect changes to our baseline configuration
  • Providing security related technical expertise to all technical and non-technical staff, including to system administrators, technical engineers, scientists and any other customers as needed 




  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, business, engineering or related scientific or technical discipline, to include strong policy coursework or degree. Bachelor’s Degree and ten (10) years of technical experience with at least 8 years of experience with security and identity management policy solutions.
  • Expert in Government security and identity management standards and has extensive domain expertise.


  • Strong personal computer and business solutions software skills
  • Good interpersonal skills to interact with customers and team members
  • Communication skills to work effectively with team members, support personnel, and clients



About Cherokee – Federal
Cherokee Federal – a division of Cherokee Nation Businesses – is a team of tribally owned federal contracting companies focused on building solutions, solving complex challenges, and serving the nation’s mission around the globe for more than 60 federal clients. Our team of companies manages nearly 1,000 projects of all sizes across the construction, consulting, engineering and manufacturing, health, and technology portfolios.

Since 2012, the Cherokee Federal team of companies has won more than $5 billion in government contracts. Our 3,000+ employees work in 26 countries, 50 states and 2 U.S. territories.

Why choose Cherokee Federal? Visit our website and learn about the great reasons to join our team.



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