Lead Security Standards Developer

*CIS is no longer accepting applications for this position*

Job Summary

The Lead Security Standards Developer is assigned to the Security Controls and Automation Team at the Center for Internet Security. Reporting to the Technical Director, the Lead Security Standards Developer will partner with other cybersecurity team members to promote the CIS mission and help continue our growth. The primary purpose of this position is to help us influence a standardized ecosystem of security-automation-awareness tools. This role is a mix of software developer, consensus driver, innovator, and communicator - all of which requires working well with others across the organization.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Make contributions to various specification/standardization efforts in the security automation problem domain. Examples include the Internet Engineering Task Force and OASIS, and may also include the Trusted Computing Group, and others
  • Participate and help manage various cooperative efforts with other non-profit and/or government organizations (i.e. National Institute of Standards and Technology)
  • Assist in defining and managing CIS' open source development efforts
  • Participate in security automation workflow discovery (i.e. customer outreach)
  • Define and develop proofs of concept related to specification and/or standardization work
  • Collaborate with other SCA team members as needed
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field, and 5 years' industry related work experience
  • Proven track record of specification writing
  • Previous contributions to one or more standardization efforts (i.e. IETF WG experience, OASIS TC engagement, etc.)
  • Proficiency in XML, JSON, Git
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and professional demeanor
  • Excellent customer service skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Coding experience in Python, Java, Groovy, PHP
  • Experience with CBOR
  • Specification authorship in recognized standards organization (s)
  • Master's Degree in Computer Science or related field

Personal and Professional Qualities

The successful candidate will possess the personality traits, work habits, communication, and social skills necessary to work effectively within a dynamic and highly operational not-for-profit environment. This person will have exemplary personal and professional integrity and demonstrate strong interpersonal skills. In addition, the qualified candidate will have a strong desire to succeed in a nationally and internationally recognized operational environment.


CIS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a 401(k) plan, tuition reimbursement, on-site wellness program, community involvement opportunities, along with an environment that promotes growth and professional development.