• Palo Alto Security Engineer SME III

    Job Location
    # of Openings
    Security Clearance
    Active Secret
    Percentage of Travel Required
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Our federal customer requires a new network protection solution, OCONUS Next Generation Firewall (NGFW) be implemented using Palo Alto Networks firewalls to inspect network traffic and protect the Agency’s Network. Lead the agency-wide implementation of Panorama management system and the Palo Alto-based networking defense technologies upgrade effort.  This requires managerial and technical leadership responsibilities to include: assessing the current firewalls, documenting the design, assisting with the local configuration and shipping of the firewalls to the 50+ locations worldwide. Be responsible for ensuring the documentation of installation instructions for the remote staff to follow and working with agency stakeholders to see the project through to completion.


    • Network design and solutions architecture featuring Palo Alto Networks capabilities
    • Lead a small team that installs, configures, manages, and troubleshoots Palo Alto Firewalls
    • Establish maintenance and administration capabilities for the perimeter security systems that include firewalls, web proxies, and intrusion detection systems
    • Experience with web filtering and proxy device administration and management via Panorama
    • Be responsible for ongoing configuration changes, monitoring and maintenance for Palo Alto firewalls until they are transitioned to operations
    • Institute firewall configuration change management procedures and lead the integration of Skybox cybersecurity, management and analytics solution
    • Lead the implementation of PAN’s Panorama firewall management solution
    • Troubleshooting network security issues at local and remote sites
    • Consult on industry best practices and make recommendations
    • Implement application layer security controls within the Palo Alto configuration
    • Create configuration and installation documents
    • Utilize excellent oral and written communication skills, be a team leader and be willing to learn


    • Education:
      • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or other related discipline
      • Demonstrated experience working with Palo Alto Networks technologies
    • Required Knowledge/Experience:
      • Minimum of 10 years of experience in Firewall and/or Web Proxy administration or other related security devices
      • Understand and familiar with processes like change management, revision control, and automation
      • Have thorough understanding of firewall, web proxy, and intrusion detection technologies
      • Excellent knowledge of TCP/IP, routing and switching
      • Working knowledge of federal information security requirements
      • Good oral and written communications skills
      • Excellent customer service skills
      • Experience with Internet technologies and networking
      • Knowledge of network protocol captures and analysis (i.e. Wireshark, Netflow, etc.)
      • Experience with Linux and Windows
    • Preferred Knowledge/Experience:
      • Palo Alto Networks ACE or PCNSE certifications
      • Other network vendor certifications (e.g. FireEye, Juniper and F5)
      • Proficiency with Cisco routers, switches and firewalls
      • Experience with optimizing networks
      • Understanding of WAN based support technologies including: MPLS Circuits, BGP, OSPF and DMVPN
      • Experience working with enterprise AWS cloud environments
    • Physical Requirements:
      • Ability to perform network hardware installation which could include lifting, moving, and installing equipment up to 60 lbs

    Other Responsibilities

    • Perform other tasks consistent with the goals and objectives of the department/contract
    • Perform other duties as assigned by Sr Program Executive

    Invest in a company that invests in you! Copper River provides its employees with ample opportunities for career growth and development. Tuition reimbursement is offered to help employees further their education and skillset. Other perks include Open Leave, 401k matching with immediate vesting, Medical, Vision, and Dental coverage.


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    Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified


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