NSA is in search of Computer Science professionals to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions to storing, manipulating, and presenting information. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to projects that seek to create new standards for the transformation of information. If you want to develop technologies and tools and be a part of cutting edge innovations; join our team of experts! Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science professionals!
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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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 ideal candidate is someone with a desire for experiential learning and strong problem-solving, analytic and interpersonal skills who is:
- Able to work effectively across several different functional areas in a collaborative environment
- Able to communicate effectively (both orally and written)
- Well-organized and able to handle multiple assignments
- Willing to take the initiative
- Willing to be innovative to achieve success
Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following is desired:
- Applying confidentiality, integrity, and availability principles
- Computer networking operations, concepts and protocols
- Creating policies that reflect system security objectives
- Cybersecurity and privacy laws, regulations, policies, and ethics
- Cyber threat and vulnerability mitigation
- Incident response
- Information assurance best practices
- Risk management processes (e.g., methods for assessing and mitigating risk)
- Network protocols (especially TCP/IP, VOIP, wireless protocols)
- Network security methodologies
- Vulnerability scanning and analysis
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 Computer Science group is vital to provide the technical capabilities necessary to successfully execute NSA's mission. The increased complexity of supporting NSA's mission requires world class researchers, programmers, and developers who operate in teams in areas such as software engineering, information technology infrastructure, high performance computing, data science, architectures, computer security, and networking in order to design and develop advanced tools, techniques, and systems.
Description of Position
Computer Systems Security Managers at the NSA play a vital role in maintaining the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of the Agency computing infrastructure. As a Computer Systems Security Manger, at the NSA, your responsibilities may include:
- Supporting a program, organization, system, or enclave
- Reviewing investigative processing of security incidents
- Developing or interpreting computer security policies
- Overseeing, evaluating and supporting the security authorization process
- Providing leadership, management and direction of cybersecurity activities
- Advising senior leadership (e.g., Chief Information Security Officer [CISO], Authorizing Official [AO]) on risk levels, and changes affecting the organization's cybersecurity posture
- Advising senior leadership or of information security programs, policies, processes, systems, and mission elements