Lead OT Security Engineer - 90361807 - Philadelphia

Date: Sep 13, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

As we move America’s workforce toward the future, our goal is to connect businesses and communities across the country. The safety of our passengers, our more than 20,000 colleagues, the public and our operating environment is our priority, and the success of our railroad is due to your efforts 

Our values of ‘Do the Right Thing, Excel Together and Put Customers First are at the heart of what matters most to us, and our Core Capabilities, Building Trust, Accountability, Effective Communication, Customer Focus, and Proactive Safety & Security’ are what every employee needs to know and do to be most impactful at Amtrak.  By living the Amtrak values, focusing on our capabilities, and actively embracing and fostering diverse ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives, together we will honor our past and make Amtrak a company of the future.


The Lead IT Security Engineer works as a career professional performing a broad range of complex technical and professional work functions to protect IT systems, network and data across the enterprise. The role requires advanced knowledge of information security technology functions to support business goals and operational requirements in a fast-paced environment. The Lead IT Security Engineer uses advanced knowledge of automation to deliver security principles. The Lead IT Security Engineer prepares system documentation, status reports, plans of action and milestones, and metrics and analysis on security engineering matters to develop security solutions. IT Security Engineers think like attackers to identify how solutions may be abused to an attacker’s advantage


  • Support systems security within the Train Control environment that includes - PTC (IETMS, ITCS, and ACSES), Train Dispatch and Electric Traction-SCADA
  • Familiar with ICS security
  • Familiar with security of OT environments
  • Supports the service owner and service offering lead in the delivery of security technologies.
  • Monitor security systems for optimal performance and investigates, resolves and escalates security tool related events, incidents and problems.
  • Evaluates and makes recommendations on hardware and software system performance that provide security functions.
  • Performs security assessments of technology systems and recommends system changes to ensure adherence to standards, policy, guidelines, strategies, and security best business practices.
  • Participates in planning sessions related to projects or new technologies to implement process improvement within the functional area. 
  • Documents discussions and agreements. Facilitates gate review, change advisory boards and IT operational meetings.  
  • Builds relationships with developers, stakeholders, security champions, and scrum masters to incorporate security principles into engineering design and deployments.
  • Build services and tools to enable developers and engineers to easily use security components produced by security team members. 
  • Support the ability to “shift left” and incorporate security early on and throughout the development lifecycle.
  • Communicate vulnerability results in a manner understood by technical and non-technical business units based on risk tolerance and threat to the business.
  • Leverage vulnerability database sources to understand the weakness, probability and remediation options supplied by vendors as well as workarounds.  
  • Regularly research and learn new tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) in public and closed forums, and work with colleagues to assess risk and implement/validate controls.
  • Conducts quality test activities and validates test completeness in preparation for go-live.
  • Basic understanding of ICS/SCADA cybersecurity concerns.
  • Provides technical support to resolve problems, security incidents and conduct forensic investigations



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, or other relevant degree plus 6+ years or relevant work experience. 
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience required to satisfy education and experience requirements.
  • Professional security-related certifications (e.g. Security+, Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), SANS certifications, etc.).
  • Must possess excellent customer service, strong communication and interpersonal skills, work well with others in an integrated team environment, and must be self-motivated.  
  • Proficient in securing Windows and *nix operating systems, endpoint applications, networking protocols and devices.
  • Capable of scripting in Python, Bash, Perl, PowerShell or other relevant language.
  • Experience with industry standard information security technologies.
  • Experience performing technical risk and vulnerability assessments. 
  • Strong analytical skills with experience working in or supporting a Security Operations Center



  • Master's degree in Information Technology, Cyber Security, or equivalent
  • 8+ years of experience in cyber security specialization.
  • Preferably some experience with operations and security across Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience working with the Microsoft Security Stack.
  • Knowledge of Payment Card Industry (PCI), Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), National Institute of Standards (NIST), Center for Internet Security (CIS) or International Standards Organization (ISO) requirements.


  • Hybrid - 3 days in office per week
  • May require travel up to 25% of the time 
  • Requires on-call status
  • After hours, weekend and periodic shift work may be required
  • Other duties as assigned

Must have excellent oral and written communication skills



The salary range is $123,810 - $140,400 Lead Cyber Security Engineer. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.​

Requisition ID:159165
Band Zone:C4 
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Information Technology 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 25% 
Recruiter Name:Vicki Clinton 
Recruiter Email:vicki.clinton@amtrak.com


You power our progress through your performance.

We want your work at Amtrak to be more than a job. We want your career at Amtrak to be a fulfilling experience where you find challenging work, rewarding opportunities, respect among colleagues, and attractive compensation. Amtrak maintains a culture that values high performance and recognizes individual employee contributions. 

Amtrak is committed to a safe workplace free of drugs and alcohol. All Amtrak positions requires a pre-employment background check that includes prior employment verification, a criminal history check and a pre-employment drug screen. 

Candidates who test positive for marijuana will be disqualified, regardless of any state or local statute, ordinance, regulation, or other law that legalizes or decriminalizes the use or possession of marijuana, whether for medical, recreational, or other use. Amtrak's pre-employment drug testing program is administered in accordance with DOT regulations and applicable law.  

In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR § 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety-sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions. If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, the individual will not be permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.


In accordance with federal law governing security checks of covered individuals for providers of public transportation (Title 6 U.S.C. §1143), Amtrak is required to screen applicants for any permanent or interim disqualifying criminal offenses. 

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an EOE/Affirmative Action Minority/Female employer, and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race/color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related conditions), national origin/ethnicity, age, disability (intellectual, mental and physical), veteran status, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, genetic information, citizenship or any other personal characteristics protected by law.