Fort Meade, MD
The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.
The United States has experienced profound changes that impact the way the National Security Agency (NSA) conducts its mission. The explosion of Internet communications has created a need for the Computer Network Operations (CNO) mission. This very important mission includes computer network defense and computer network exploitation. In order to carry out these functions NSA is looking for IT Security Professionals who are highly skilled, want to stay on the leading edge of technology and impassioned about ensuring the United States maintains a strategic edge in cyberspace. These are NOT your average Cyber, Computer Science, Networking, or Engineering jobs!
On the offensive side of the NSA mission you will:
– execute computer network operations against foreign adversaries’ information systems and networks
– use advanced software applications for network navigation, tactical forensic analysis, and collection of valuable intelligence information
– research and implement solution sets to influence and enhance network offensive posture.
On the defensive side of the NSA mission, as part of the Red, Blue or Hunt Team, you will:
– execute computer network operations against official US government organizations worldwide for the purpose of strengthening information system security (Red team)
– identify intrusions and vulnerabilities and recommend mitigation strategies and techniques to secure networks (Blue Team)
– identify, analyze and develop defensive measures to thwart advanced, state-sponsored intrusions of DoD and Federal Government networks around the world (Blue Team)
– conduct and support Computer Network Operations to interactively search for Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) and Indicators of Compromise (IOC) using enhanced data collection and analysis methods (Hunt Team)
– use advanced software applications for network navigation, perform tactical forensic analysis and collect valuable network data to proactively identify and characterize adversarial activity (Hunt Team).
This position is well-suited for individuals who enjoy visiting network security websites, attending conferences such as Black Hat / DEFCON, setting up and maintaining their own network or competing in Capture the Flag events.
You will be required to take a computer network operator test (Computer Networking Test) in order to be considered for this position. The test includes 2 sections. The first measures your ability to draw conclusions based on available information. The second measures your knowledge in these topic areas: Networking, Security, Windows, UNIX and Programming.
JBNSA / An Equal Opportunity Employer