Sr. Principal Security Engineer for HSM

Washington DC (hybrid), Permanent Placement

Seize your opportunity to make a personal impact as a Senior Principal Security Engineer for HSM with our Client. A career in systems engineering means designing and implementing the systems that matter most. You will ensure that HSM services are functioning properly and securely across the enterprise. As a Senior Principal Security Engineer for HSM, you will help ensure today is safe and tomorrow is smarter. Our Client’s work depends on a Senior Principal Security Engineer for HSM joining the team to bring professionalism and initiative to a fast-paced environment that offers extensive options for training, certification, and career advancement.


  • Lead the HSM Management functional area, supporting its technologies, processes, management, usage, and project initiatives
  • Mature the HSM Management capabilities, prioritize activities and maximize investment decisions, lead projects and provide consulting in projects requiring HSM capabilities
  • Perform operations and administration support of HSM
  • Create and update process and technical documentation regarding lifecycle, configuration and STIG requirements
  • Support audits and compliance monitoring
  • Work with other cryptography teams to select the best solutions involving HSMs
  • Project requirements analysis, technical design, and implementation activities
  • Test and document new versions of HSM hardware and firmware
  • Update plans and programs based on changes in internal and industry standards and regulatory environment
  • Document current and desired future state capabilities, incorporating industry leading technologies
  • Participate in the development of HSM management and other encryption and key management strategies
  • Perform/lead encryption key ceremonies as a key security officer as needed


  • SSBI T5 Clearance
  • BS in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or related technology field. Experience may be substituted for education.
  • Minimum of 17 years’ overall related technical experience to include:
  • 8+ years’ in the encryption and key management security discipline
  • 5+ years’ of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography concepts and technologies
  • 5+ years’ experience managing Utimaco and Thales Hardware Security Modules (HSMs)
  • 5+ years’ experience in working with Microsoft Windows Server, Active Directory, networking protocols, troubleshooting and root cause analysis, trouble ticketing systems, problem and change management workflow tools
  • 3+ years’ experience performing encryption key ceremonies as a key security officer
  • DoD 8140/8570 IAT level II compliance
  • Practical experience with both certification security encryption and file level security encryption
  • Highly motivated, self-starter; ability to work alone (90% of work is individual); heavy research and development when necessary
  • Skills in Complex Systems, Encryption, Hardware Security, Microsoft Windows Server, Systems Engineering
  • Certifications: CompTIA – Security+ – CompTIA
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