IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC)

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Arlington, Virginia
Posted
Jan 12, 2022
Closes
Jan 15, 2022
Function
IT
Hours
Full Time
Duties

This position is located in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Cybersecurity Division (CSD), Threat Hunting (TH).

In this position, you will serve as IT Cybersecurity Specialist (INFOSEC). Typical work assignments include:
  • Providing direction and guidance for a multi-functional, cyber operations team responsible for defending critical, U.S. information systems and technical assets.
  • Serving as an expert on a team comprised of threat analysts, technical analysts, computer network defense analysts, incident response analysts, and incident managers.
  • Managing cybersecurity defense activities, including the maintenance of indicators in intrusion detection and prevention systems
  • Manage cybersecurity defense activities including the evaluation of anomalous activity in network traffic, and the reporting of detected incidents and suspicious activity to relevant stakeholders.
  • Leading incident response activities, including forensic collection of images and artifacts, analysis of resulting data, and development of remediation and mitigation recommendations.
  • Providing senior leadership with situational awareness on priority cyber defense actions, and ensure that leaders are able to make informed decisions during critical events.
  • Coordinating efforts with internal and external working-level partners, including internal peers with responsibilities inside their AOR, interagency partners, international partners, and partners in private industry.
  • Providing briefings and serve as a SME both internal to the agency and to external stakeholders, as needed.
Candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Experience planning and implementing cyber operations and evaluating underlying intelligence support needs, topics, and focus areas.
  • Experience developing crisis action plans for cyber operations and managing cyber incidents and incident response activities of national significance.
  • Experience evaluating and analyzing cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and related network cyber threat activity.
  • Experience using intrusion detection technologies (e.g. Intrusion Detection System (IDS)/Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) tools and applications) and endpoint detection solutions to identify host and network-based intrusions.
  • Experience managing and administering network security applications, devices, software, and strategies (e.g., encryption, firewalls, demilitarized zones, authentication, honey pots, perimeter protection, etc.).


Requirements

Conditions of Employment


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation. This may include a credit check, a review of financial issues, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • Selective Service - males born after 12/31/59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service see http://www.sss.gov/
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.
  • Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements.
  • One-year probationary period may be required.
  • You must submit to a drug test and receive a negative test result prior to appointment to this position.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application.
  • DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify , including your rights and responsibilities.
  • Permanent Change of Duty Station (PCS) Expenses will not be paid.
  • Other incentives may be authorized.
  • This position has been designated excluded from bargaining unit representation under the national security provision of 5 USC Section 7112(B)(6).
  • All employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments.
  • 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, and 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).


Qualifications

You qualify for the GS-13 and GS-14 grade levels if you possess information technology related experience demonstrating each of the four required competencies:
  • Attention to Detail:
  • Customer Service:
  • Oral Communication:
  • Problem Solving:
  • GS-13: In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level performing the following duties: 1) planning and implementing cyber operations related to areas that may need support; 2) managing cyber incidents and cyber incident responses of organization significance; and 3) utilizing cyber intrusion detection technologies (i.e. intrusion detection systems (IDS)/ Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) tools and applications to identify intrusions.

    GS-14: In addition to the above requirement you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level performing the following duties: 1) evaluating cyber operations to determine areas that need support; 2) developing crisis action plans for cybersecurity operations; 3) analyzing cyber threats and vulnerabilities; and 4) managing Network security applications, devices and software such as, encryption, firewalls, demilitarized zones, etc.

    National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    Qualifications Must Be Met The qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Promotion Potential: The full performance level of this position is GS-14.

    This is a non-supervisory position.

    Pursuant to Executive Order 12654 and DHS policy, DHS is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace and, therefore, conducts random and other drug testing of its employees in order to ensure a safe and healthy work environment. Headquarters personnel in safety- or security-sensitive positions are subject to random drug testing and all applicants tentatively selected for employment at DHS Headquarters are subject to drug testing resulting in a negative test result.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

    As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before a Final Job Offer is released. The agency will provide additional information in your Tentative Job Offer regarding how you will submit this proof of vaccination or request a legally required exception from this requirement.
    Due to COVID-19, the component is currently in an expanded telework posture. Therefore, if selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the component's telework policy.

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