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)
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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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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.