Attack Developer - Entry/Mid-Level

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National Security Agency
Algorithms, Analysis, Developer, Development, Hardware, Mathematical, Networking, Networks, Programming, Protocol, Protocols, Python, Security, Testing
Full Time
Work from home not available Travel not required

Job Description


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. The need to maintain our core Cryptanalysis group is vital to provide the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA's mission. The increased complexity of supporting NSA's mission requires combined expertise in cryptanalysis, mathematics, computer science and related fields to achieve breakthrough results against particularly challenging, novel, or sensitive problems across NSA's mission set.

Attack Developers at the NSA analyze systems, networks and applications in order to develop high-priority offensive capabilities to solve the nation's most critical technical challenges. Developers are hired into positions directly supporting a technical mission office and receive on the job training.

Responsibilities may include:

- developing exploitation capabilities that enable collection of foreign intelligence from target networks and systems

- Reverse engineering hardware and/or software to develop new exploitation capabilities.


- Analyze problems to determine technical solutions.

- Analyze data using mathematical/statistical methods.

- Analyze new algorithms and protocols.

- Apply mathematical or computational methods and lines of reasoning.

- Develop mathematical or computational methods and lines of reasoning.

- Analyze signals and/or cryptographic data.

- Use knowledge of cryptanalysis to diagnose and exploit encrypted material.

- Troubleshoot and debug computer code.

-Knowledge, skills, and experience in one or more of the following is desired:

- programming languages such as C or Python

-software reverse engineering/interactive debugging tools (e.g., IDA Pro, Ollydbg, gdb)

- hardware and software vulnerability analysis

- computer networking and protocol analysis (e.g. Wireshark, tcpdump)

- computer algorithms and data structures

- software development life-cycle (design, develop, implementation, debug, testing)



How To Apply

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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.

Please note that you may be asked a series of questions depending on the position you apply for. Your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application and will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Be sure to elaborate on experiences in your resume. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

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.

Company Information

What's Your Expertise? Is it data science or neural networks? Advanced machine learning or artificial intelligence? Whatever your technical specialty, the National Security Agency has a position that mixes your expertise with our mission: The safety and security of our families, our communities and our country. The results of the mission are stories that you might see on the nightly news: the disruption of terrorist plans, the interruption of international drug trafficking or the prevention of significant and debilitating cyber attacks. These activities require the highest degree of innovation. NSA applies advanced technical concepts to create groundbreaking solutions for safeguarding U.S. information and collecting foreign signals. Our employees expand the scope of their expertise through ongoing academic education, professional training and development, leadership opportunities and job mobility. We work in a dynamic culture that welcomes diversity and provides benefits that offer a better quality of life, both on the job and off. Learn more at
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