IT Specialist (INFOSEC)

Wallops Island, Virginia
Oct 05, 2022
Oct 12, 2022
Full Time

  • Resolve cyber defense incidents by tracking and documenting cyber defense incidents from initial detection through final resolution. Initiate and engage in Information Technology (IT) security investigations and audit functions relating to the work of individuals employed by the agency.
  • Draft policies and related standards in accordance with the Federal Government requirements, guidance, and directives. Develop procedures for information security incidents, validate and maintain incident response plans to address potential threats. Supports the Agency Chief Information Officer (CIO) in making decisions by providing written analysis of incidents and its impact on the Agency security posture. Prepare reports to the supervisor on Information Technology (IT) incident response activities.
  • Analyze short, medium, and long-range projects for solutions of complex operational or policy issues. Monitor changes that affect information systems' standards. Stay up to date on current attacks and trends to analyze impact of threats and communicate risks to relevant business units.
  • Use SIEM and vulnerability scanners to analyze and communicate information relating to IT system vulnerabilities, risk, and intrusions. Analyze reports from IT Security applications in order to inform managers of changes to the risk posture of IT systems. Administer the implementation and operations of multiple security information systems (i.e. SIEMs, IDS, IPS, etc.) within an operational federal network.
  • Coordinate computer security incident response activities against threats to include, but not be limited to: viruses, worms, Trojan horses, other malicious code, system security breaches, and cyber-terrorist attacks. Research and apply technical security requirements for IT systems for enterprise wide implementation. Operate and secure Healthcare IT systems such as Electronic Health Record systems, Internet of Things (IoT Devices), etc.
  • Monitor and ensure the Agency's compliance with federal, DHHS, and IHS security standards and guidelines (e.g., NIST SP 800-53, SP 800-37, FIPS 199, FIPS 140-2, FedRAMP, and HIPAA


Conditions of Employment

Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
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Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.


To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.


In addition, to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below-

Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: providing senior-level knowledge of advanced principles and best practices for incident response. Implementing methodologies to determine source and methods of compromise, network traffic analysis, packet-level analysis, malware analysis concepts. Recommending, implementing, and managing strict security controls for systems, network infrastructure, and perimeter networks as well as manage incidents or events that impact the security posture of the network.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


There are no education requirements.

Additional information

This position is eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy. l .

This vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority. Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply to positions filled under this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

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