Cybersecurity Senior Specialist - Host #44

Washington D.C.
Oct 07, 2020
Nov 11, 2020
Full Time

This is professional work coordinating, implementing and maintaining technologies and processes to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of Senate information systems. Work includes promoting system cybersecurity to safeguard information systems from unauthorized access, use, disclosure, or tampering. Incumbent utilizes all the security tools available to prevent system compromise and detect, react and respond to indicators of intrusion activity in the Senate’s data/voice networks. Work also involves working closely with other Sergeant at Arms (SAA) departments and the Senate user community to define security requirements, cybersecurity plans to address disaster recovery, recommend mitigation strategies, and encourage adoption of best practices. Work is performed under the direction of a Cybersecurity Supervisor and is peer-reviewed for accuracy and effectiveness.


Responds to potential localized or widespread security events; uses various reports to help track and isolate user access problems and potential security incidents; creates daily situational reports while manning and supporting the Cyber Security Operations Center.

● Coordinates and performs automated vulnerability assessments; advises Senate office staff on effective remediation techniques.

● Coordinates and performs the critical security patch evaluation and certification process for supported Microsoft and non-Microsoft software.

● Promotes cybersecurity awareness and assists with developing security awareness materials; provides security reviews for Senate Office Cybersecurity operational environments; and assists in providing security training and awareness briefings.

● Assesses the impact of new cybersecurity threats and identifies and evaluates vulnerabilities within new technology and changes to Senate IT infrastructure.

● Researches, evaluates, tests, and recommends cybersecurity solutions and controls.

● Develops, implements, and maintains scripts and other automated tools to identify indicators of intrusion activity and to support effective cybersecurity workflow processes.

● Performs cybersecurity systems administration tasks and services for Senate employees and vendor maintenance access.

● Updates management as required on Cybersecurity related issues


Work is essentially sedentary with occasional walking, standing, and bending; occasional lifting and carrying desktop computers, computer components, and/or packages of software media. Work is conducted in common office environments and security operations centers. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required to resolve problems, handle incidents, participate in Continuity of Operations (COOP) exercises, or assist SAA staff in meeting critical deadlines. Expected to work unusual and perhaps unexpected hours during a COOP event


VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY ACT Hiring for this position is governed by the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (“VEOA”), as made applicable by the Congressional Accountability Act of 1995 (“CAA”). Pursuant to the VEOA, qualified applicants who are not current employees of the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms and who are disabled or who have served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in certain military designated campaigns (“veterans”) may be eligible to receive a preference over non-veterans in hiring decisions. Family members of veterans may also be eligible to receive a veterans’ preference if the veteran cannot claim his or her veterans’ preference. To be eligible for a veterans’ preference, applicants must meet all of the requirements set forth in the VEOA and applicable regulations. Those eligibility requirements are summarized in the Application for Veterans’ Preference, which is available at If claiming a veterans’ preference, an applicant must indicate that he/she is preference eligible on the application or resume and must submit a completed copy of the Application for Veterans’ Preference along with the supporting documentation specified on that form. If the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms does not receive the Application for Veterans’ Preference and supporting documentation by the closing date, the applicant’s claim for a veterans’ preference may be denied. Applicants may obtain a copy of the Office’s Veterans’ Preference In Appointments policy by submitting a written request to Individuals who are entitled to a veterans’ preference are invited to self-identify voluntarily. This information is intended solely for use in connection with the obligations and efforts of the Office of the Senate Sergeant at Arms to provide veterans’ preference to preference-eligible applicants in accordance with the VEOA. An applicant’s status as a disabled veteran and any information regarding an applicant’s disability, including the applicant’s medical condition and history, will be kept confidential and will be collected, maintained and used in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as made applicable by section 102(a)(3) of the CAA, 2 U.S.C. §1302(a)(3). An applicant who declines to self-identify as a disabled veteran and/or to provide information and documentation regarding his/her disabled veteran’s status will not be subjected to an adverse employment action, but the individual may be ruled ineligible for a veterans’ preference.

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