Firewall Administrator

Information Technology Kansas City, Missouri Arlington, United States


Firewall Administrator
Location: Remote (Kansas City, MO)

The Firewall Administrator will support the USDA OCIO ISC The Perimeter Security Program (PSP). The administrator provides implementation, operations, and management services for various tool sets relating to remote access for privileged users, network firewalls and network switches. As of FY 2023, this program is managing approximately 300 infrastructure assets (firewalls and switches) and supports over 240 changes/incidents (per month).The Firewall Administrator

a. Install, administer, and manage the ISC Firewalls, Access Control Lists (ACL), Virtual Private Network (VPN) systems and Remote Network Access Gateways to include hardware-based, virtual, and cloud-based service offerings such as Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.
b. Manage and update firewall rule base and monitor for continuous improvement.
c. Document all aspects of the system for daily operations and disaster recovery, in addition to adherence of federal certification and accreditation requirements.
d. Provide statistical reporting to illustrate security posture and continuous improvements.
e. Participate in the creation, review and enforcement of security policy, procedures, and system documentation.
f. Evaluate, make recommendations, implement, or disseminate IT security tools, procedures, and practices to protect organizational systems.
g. Provide knowledge transfer to team members, to include government counterparts.
h. Normally this is a Monday-Friday Shift. As in all IT Environments, however, the administrator must be willing to work non-traditional hours when necessary for emergencies and after-hours/weekend implementations. 

· Experienced in with Cisco FTD Firewalls, preferably 3-5 years.
· Cisco CCNA or CCNP certification
· Experience demonstrating strong analytical, troubleshooting and problem-solving skills· Willingness to rack and stack equipment onsite
· Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
· Ability to obtain a Public Trust government security clearance 

Desired Skills:
· Experience deploying and supporting various cloud environments (AWS, Azure, Google)· Cloud firewall experience
· Experience with Juniper & Palo Alto Firewalls is not required, but a plus
· Additional cybersecurity certification (CompTIA, etc.) is a plus