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NSA hiring Information System Security Professionals – Entry to Expert Level – Maryland and Texas (N1200571)

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Fort George G. Meade Complex, MD || NSA/CSS Texas, San Antonio TX, TX
Pay Plan: GG, Grade: 07/1 to 15/10
Open: 2023-01-06, Close: 2023-04-30

Responsibilities
Information System Security Professionals at NSA play a vital role in enabling security solutions by utilizing systems engineering and systems security engineering principles in:

– defining information system security requirements and functionality
– designing system architectures and designs
– assessing the effectiveness of security solutions against present and projected threats
– producing formal and informal reports, briefings, and direct input to the customer regarding security and functionality requirements, system architecture and security designs
– conducting security engineering/hardening of the latest operating systems, tailoring them for use in the specific mission area
– reviewing requests for security relevant changes on the mission infrastructures, ensuring risk is adequately mitigated
– working with system owners to accredit/re-accredit critical mission systems.

Depending on their experience and preferences, Information System Security Professionals are hired into positions directly supporting a technical mission office or into Cybersecurity Engineering Development Program (CSEDP). The development program is 3 years in length and combines formal training and diverse work assignments.

Job Summary
Are you a cyber professional with the drive and expertise to be on the forefront of the cyber fight; tackling NSA’s complex mission to defend against cyber threats of today and tomorrow? NSA, the nation’s leading cyber agency, has exciting and challenging positions in Cyber Security Engineering and Cyber and TEMPEST vulnerability analysis/mitigation. Are you ready to help secure our Nation’s critical Infrastructure? If so, NSA is the place for you!

Qualifications
THIS JOB OPENING ENCOMPASSES MULTIPLE POSITIONS. THE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR EACH ARE BELOW:

The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position.

This position has a Cyberspace Workforce Improvement Program (CWIP) requirement. Candidates accepted to fill this position may be required to obtain a DoD 8570.01-M approved certification within six (6) months of assignment. Interested parties currently pursuing certification are also encouraged to apply. Additional requirements may be placed against the selectee, based on requirements defined within DoD 8140.01 and DoD 8570.01-M ‘Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program.”

Degree must be in Computer Science or a related field (for example General Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Systems Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Forensics, Cybersecurity, Information Technology, Information Assurance, Information Security, and Information Systems).

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY DESIGNER

Relevant experience must be in one or more of the following areas: computer or information systems design/development, programming, information/cyber/network security, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics, information assurance, or systems engineering. Network and system administration may account for some, but not all, of the experience. Completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course), Undergraduate Cyber Training (UCT), Network Warfare Bridge Course (NWBC)/Intermediate Network Warfare Training (INWT), Cyber Defense Operations will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (i.e., 20-24 weeks course will count as 6 months of experience, 10-14 weeks will count as 3 months of experience).

ENTRY/DEVELOPMENTAL
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience. An Associate’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

SENIOR
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

EXPERT
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate’s degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS SECURITY ENGINEER

Relevant experience must be in one or more of the following areas: computer or information systems design/development, programming, information/cyber/network security, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics, information assurance, systems engineering, or updating information assurance documentation (for example System Security Plans, Risk Assessment Reports, Certification and Accreditation packages, and System Requirements Traceability Matrices. Network and system administration may account for some, but not all, of the experience. Completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course), Undergraduate Cyber Training (UCT), Network Warfare Bridge Course (NWBC)/Intermediate Network Warfare Training (INWT), Cyber Defense Operations will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (i.e., 20-24 weeks course will count as 6 months of experience, 10-14 weeks will count as 3 months of experience).

ENTRY/DEVELOPMENTAL
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree and no experience. An Associate’s degree plus 2 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

FULL PERFORMANCE
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. An Associate’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

SENIOR
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. An Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

EXPERT
Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. An Associate’s degree plus 11 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Competencies
– Excellent problem-solving, communication and interpersonal skills
– Is motivated
– Works creatively and effectively in diverse environments
– Can juggle multiple priorities and assignments
– Applies standards, policies, procedures and requirements for ensuring information security

– Possesses specialized skills that prevent, assess, and/or mitigate threats to information systems and infrastructures and the information contained in or transmitted by these systems. This may encompass:
— threat and vulnerability analysis
— risk mitigation
— incident response
— information assurance
— risk management framework
— configuration management
— monitor system security plans
— penetration testing
— preparing accreditation documentation

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also taking into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Salary ranges vary by location and work level. This position is hiring for Maryland and Texas.

Salary Range: $77,745 – $183,500 (Entry/Developmental, Full Performance, Senior, Expert)

Typical work schedule is Monday – Friday, with basic 8hr/day work requirements between 0600 and 1800 (flexible). Exception: Very few positions may support 24×7 operations.

How to apply
U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. 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.

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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.

DCIPS Disclaimer
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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