Information Technology Specialist (Security)

Washington, D.C
Apr 02, 2021
Apr 10, 2021
IT, Security Engineer
Full Time


This position is located in the Security Operations Center (SOC), IT Security Office (ITSO), Department of Technology Services (DTS).
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This position is in the Security Operations Center (SOC) within the IT Security Office (ITSO) of the Department of Technology Services. The incumbent is a recognized expert in cybersecurity, digital forensics, malware analysis, and leading forensic investigations in support of incident response operations. The incumbent must be proficient in collecting digital evidence, analyzing data for root cause, retrieving hidden or destroyed data, conducting damage assessments, reverse-engineering malware, developing remediation plans, and proper evidence handling procedures for potential criminal or civil litigation.

Duties may include, but are not limited to:
  • Participating in the development and execution of incident response plans for security incidents impacting the Judiciary.
  • Performing network forensics from log files and packet captures, which includes working hand in hand with the affected parties to obtain the data needed to accurately (re)construct incident timelines and to perform the analysis required to understand the attack vectors and associated impact.
  • Performing endpoint forensics to include but not limited to volatile memory analysis, log files analysis, disk analysis, user behavioral analysis, and data integrity analysis.
  • Performing malware analysis to include disassembling and reverse engineering potential malware, scripts, and code to identify and create indicators of compromise for more effective intrusion prevention and detection.
  • Participating in activities to detect, investigate, and analyze lateral movement, threat persistence, and follow on activities by threat actors to harm the Judiciary.
  • Providing technical direction to contractors and other teams within the Security Operations Center to steer the overall incident response plan and recovery actions.
  • Identifying, testing, and providing recommendations for adoption and upgrade of forensic capabilities and infrastructure within the SOC to provide the most effective, efficient, and cost-effective service available to the Judiciary.
  • Documenting and communicating with all internal and external stakeholders to ensure relevant data is provided for sound decision-making and situational awareness.
  • Following all federal and local guidelines for digital evidence collection, processing, and retention in accordance with chain of custody requirements in support of any civil or criminal litigation proceedings.

  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

  • All information is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false answers or omissions of information on application materials or inability to meet the following conditions may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.
  • Selection for this position is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration of Federal Employment during the pre-employment process and proof of U.S. citizenship for competitive status positions or conversion to a competitive status position with the Administrative Office of the US Courts. In instances where non-citizens are considered for hire into temporary or any other position with non competitive status or when it is confirmed by the AO's Human Resources Office that there are no qualified U.S. citizens for a competitive status position (unless prohibited by a law or statue), non-citizens must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States and proof of entitlement to receive compensation. Additional information on the employment of non-citizens can be found at . For a list of documents that may be used to provide proof of citizenship or authorization to work in the United States, please refer to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification .
  • All new AO employees will be required to complete a FBI fingerprint-based national criminal database and records check and pass a public trust suitability check.
  • All new AO employees must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay before appointment.
  • You will be required to serve a trial period if selected for a first-time appointment to the Federal government, transferring from another Federal agency, or serving as a first-time supervisor. Failure to successfully complete the trial period may result in termination of employment.
  • If appointed to a temporary position, management may have the discretion of converting the position to permanent depending upon funding and staffing allocation.
  • Relocation expenses may be provided, but only if authorized by the Director of the AO.

  • Qualifications

    Applicants must have demonstrated experience as listed below. This requirement is according to the AO Classification, Compensation, and Recruitment Systems which include interpretive guidance and reference to the OPM Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must have at least one full year (52 weeks) of specialized experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position. Specialized experience must demonstrate ALL areas defined below:
  • Conducting full digital forensics on operating systems to include, but not limited to: all version of Microsoft Windows, Unix based OS (Red Hat, CentOS, Debian, etc.), Mac OS, mobile operating systems (iOS, Android, etc.).
  • Conducting live system and dead box digital forensics and understanding all regulatory requirements for evidence collection, processing, and retention for litigation purposes.
  • Conducting immediate host-based and network-based forensic examinations on security incidents as they arise to determine the root cause and to reconstruct a timeline of events to facilitate incident response and recovery.
  • Supporting the incident triage process through the examination and analysis of digital evidence and artifacts.
  • Using a variety of tools to investigate incidents and recommend courses of action to safeguard systems.
  • Applicants with the following qualifications are highly desirable.
    • GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE)
    • GIAC Certification Forensic Analyst (GCFA)
    • GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM)
    • GIAC Network Forensic Analyst (GNFA)
    • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)


    This position does not require education to qualify.

    Additional information

    The AO is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this job. If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, we will evaluate your application package, to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the requirements listed in this vacancy announcement.

    You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume and/or narrative responses, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Failure to submit the mandatory narrative responses will result in not receiving full consideration and/or rating credit. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you, withdrawing an offer of employment, or dismissal after being employed.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    For this job announcement the following documents and/or information are required:
    • Resume - Any written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications.
    • Citizenship - Include country of citizenship on resume.
    • Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - All applicants outside of the AO must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 to verify current or former Federal employment status.
    • Veterans Preference documentation - Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), if applicable Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference (SF-15) and an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation.

    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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