Cybersecurity Senior Specialist - Host

Washington, D.C
Nov 24, 2020
Dec 01, 2020
Full Time


This is professional work coordinating, translating functional requirements into technical solutions, building, installing, configuring, and testing dedicated cyber defense hardware. Work includes checking system hardware availability, functionality, integrity, and efficiency, employing secure configuration management processes and managing accounts, network rights, and access to systems and equipment. Incumbent will plan, execute, and verify data redundancy and system recovery procedures.
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Major Duties
  • 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

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment .


Work requires a Bachelor's Degree in computer science, telecommunications, or a related field, and three to five years of progressively responsible experience within a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)-type environment or any equivalent combination of education and experience that provides the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Understanding of computer operating systems, applications, and networking; understanding of key principles of information protection; knowledge of data security and access control systems, encryption, firewalls, network- and host-based security technologies and processes.
  • Working knowledge of TCP/IP communications protocols and standards.
  • Ability to identify potential security breaches and implement action plans in conjunction with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Ability to interface with individuals at all levels of the organization in a dynamic, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate functional issues and solutions effectively, both orally and in writing, to individuals possessing a broad range of functional knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Ability to re-focus work activities rapidly in response to changing requirements and priorities.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information.
  • Proficiency with office productivity tools including, but not limited to, spreadsheets, word processors, databases, and presentation software.
  • Proficiency with one or more scripting language and/or integrated development environments.


Please read the "Qualifications" section.

Additional information

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

All required documents will be outlined in the application instructions.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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