Posted by: National Security Agency on Sep 01, 2021
Fort Meade , MD
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.
NSA Cybersecurity mission is to prevent and eradicate threats to National Security Systems and critical infrastructure, with a focus on the Defense Industrial Base. This diverse team of problem solvers collaborate across industry and government to expose foreign cyber espionage, patch critical vulnerabilities, modernize encryption, and issue unique, timely, and actionable cybersecurity guidance. Here, you will have unique access to classified and unclassified data to solve hard problems and secure critical systems. If you enjoy creatively mission outcomes, cybersecurity at NSA is the place for you.
System Vulnerability Analysts identify vulnerabilities and attacks to the design and operation of a system (H/W, S/W, personnel, procedures, logistics, and physical security). They compare and contrast various system attack techniques and develop effective defensive mitigations. Additionally, System Vulnerability Analysts produce formal and informal reports, briefings, and perspectives of actual and potential attacks against the systems or missions being studied.
They perform a broad spectrum of duties that may include:
-critical infrastructure defense
-control system security
-wired and wireless network security
-vulnerability analysis and research
-scalable defensive mitigation development
-web and cloud security
-mobile network security (LTE, Baseband)
-tailored security solution and methodology automation
-researching emerging network industry technologies and solutions
If you routinely visit network security websites or you attend network security conferences or maintain your own network; we would like to talk to you! If you are a computer hobbyist, enjoy setting up new networks, love the Black Hat / DEFCON Briefings, and Capture the Flag events; then you need to talk to us!
The optimal candidate is someone with strong problem-solving, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills and who has knowledge or experience in several of the following areas:
-defending against and/or mitigating system vulnerabilities, including at the infrastructure, host and enterprise levels
-intrusion detection and incident response
-network operating systems and network data/traffic analysis
-scripting languages (e.g., PowerShell, Python)
-software reverse engineering
-ports, protocol and services analysis
-vulnerability detection and analysis
-network security devices (e.g., firewalls, intrusion and detection systems)
-malicious code analysis
-SCADA and Control Systems Devices
Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule:
On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 to 1800 (flexible).
How To Apply - External:
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***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.
This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.
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Please Note: Job Posting could close earlier than the closing date due to sufficient number of applicants or position no longer available. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.
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