IT Specialist INFOSEC
Are you interested in a job where your primary purpose will be to support the design, development, management and sustainment of national cybersecurity systems that aim to protect federal and critical infrastructure entities? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
The National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) leads the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. Learn more about NPPD.
This position is located within the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), Network Security Deployment (NSD) Division. At CS&C, we help our government and private sector customers by responding to incidents, sharing information, developing and promulgating best practices, and increasing our Nation's cybersecurity capacity. Every day, CS&C employees make a difference as they enhance the security, resilience, and reliability of our Nation's critical networks and address threats to our public health and safety, economy, and national security. From incident response to international affairs, penetration testing to policy development, systems engineering to stakeholder engagement, the careers and opportunities to make a difference at CS&C are endless.
It takes a great team to protect a great Nation, and at DHS, we foster a culture that values and promotes diversity, teamwork, flexibility, and innovation. Interested in joining our team? Find out more at www.dhs.gov/join-dhs-cybersecurity.
This announcement is issued under a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Selectee(s) will receive a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service and may be required to serve a one year probationary period.
Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities concerning, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders, interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
- Occasional Travel
- May be required to be in a travel status away from home for 1 to 5 nights per month.
To qualify for the IT Specialist (INFOSEC) position you must meet the following qualifications requirement:
For the GS-13 level:
Have information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four require competencies Attention to Detail-review new systems or networks to implement appropriate security measures; Customer Service- work closely with customers to evaluate and provide insight on system requirements; Oral Communication-communicate the importance of IT security clearly throughout the organization to maintain standards; and Problem Solving- identify software designs for potential security risks.
Have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-12 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) managing cyber security projects to ensure that developed solutions meet customer requirements; 2) identifying information technology security program implications of new technologies or technology upgrades; 3) developing and documenting requirements, capabilities and constraints for system design procedures and processes; and 4) analyzing design constraints, trade-offs, and detailed system and security designs to identify necessary lifecycle support and providing recommended courses of action.
For the GS-14 level:
Have information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four require competencies Attention to Detail-conduct security system evaluation and audits to implement appropriate security measures; Customer Service- consult with customers to evaluate and provide oversight on system functional requirements; Oral Communication-communicate IT/cybersecurity policies and principals at all levels of the organization; and Problem Solving- identify security risks and recommending solutions to optimize IT and/or cybersecurity initiatives.
Have at least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-13 level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience must include activities such as: 1) providing program management oversight for cybersecurity projects to ensure that developed solutions meet customer requirements.; 2) identifying information technology security program implications of new technologies or technology upgrades and recommending appropriate courses of action; 3) developing and documenting requirements, capabilities, and constraints for system design procedures and processes; and 4) analyzing design constraints, trade-off, and detailed system and security designs to identify necessary lifecycle support and providing recommended courses of action.
NOTE: To be found qualified for this position; the contents of your resume must fully support experience required for this position.
Education is not substitutable for the required specialized experience at grades GS-13 or GS-14.
New employees must serve a one year probationary period.
Training (Mandatory): Mandatory training is required which must be successfully completed and other training may occur as necessary for success in the position.
Essential Personnel: This position may be designated as essential personnel. Essential personnel must be able to serve during continuity of operation events without regard to declarations of liberal leave or government closures due to weather, protests, acts of terrorism, or lack of funding. Failure to report for or remain in this position may result in disciplinary or adverse action in accordance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations (5 U.S.C. § 7501-7533 and 5 CFR Part 752, as applicable).
As an IT Specialist (INFOSEC) your duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Provide program/project management support for information technology (IT) and/or cybersecurity related programs and/or projects, to include examining strategic direction for program initiatives and activities, personnel, infrastructure, policy enforcement, emergency planning, IT and/or cybersecurity awareness, and/or other resources.
- Consult with customers to evaluate functional requirements; coordinate with systems architects, as needed, to provide oversight in the development of design solutions; define project scope and objectives based on customer requirements.
- Research and identify available technologies and standards to meet customer requirements; identify functional-and security-related features to find opportunities for new capability developments to exploit or mitigate cyberspace vulnerabilities.
- Support the design and development of secure interface specifications between interconnected systems; design, develop, integrate, and update system security measures (including polices and requirements) that provide confidentiality, integrity, availability authentication, and non-repudiation; develop architectures or system components consistent with technical specifications.