Computer Network Defense (CND) Analyst

Responsibilities

DoD operates over 15,000 networks and 7,000,000 computing devices in hundreds of installations around the globe. Cyber Security Operations (CSO) aims to discover very sophisticated and currently uncharacterized adversaries who may be operating within those USG networks. We are looking for motivated, talented analysts to join our team. Using both Information Assurance (IA) and SIGINT authorities, CSO plans, prioritizes and executes remote and deployed operations to Harden, Defend, and Hunt on USG protected networks to locate and defeat adversaries seeking to compromise and exploit those networks.

The Computer Network Defense Analyst must be ready to: help identify cyber threats; develop an understanding of adversary plans, priorities, and technical capabilities; build and integrate defensive response capabilities against those threats; identify and enumerate key terrain in critical national networks, and correlate key intelligence to drive defensive operations in search of adversary attributes and indicators of compromise on National Security Systems.

The Computer Network Defense Analyst conduct research and analysis on data collected from numerous sources to identify threats and anomalies that lead to discovering and eradicating adversarial presence on customer networks.  The Customer Networks Analyst will collaborate frequently with a range of partner elements during the development of Targeting products, which are built to inform and drive various RDO operations.  Analysts should feel comfortable working with others who have first-hand experience in computer exploitation, forensics, technical data network analysis, incident response, vulnerability analysis, foreign network intelligence analysis, and target analysis.

This position affords the candidate the opportunity of defining and expanding the discipline of defensive cyber targeting. The Computer Network Defense Analyst  work in a fast-pace environment where speed is based on varying operational demands.  The full scope of dual-authorities are leveraged (IA, SIGINT, multi-source), which requires full compliance with all legal and policy requirements.

Skills

This fast-paced critical position requires someone with solid decision making skills, the ability to react quickly, and has technical proficiency in the following areas:

Technical Competencies:
– Operating system and network analysis
– Operating system administration (Windows and Unix/Linux)
– Intrusion detection and incident response
– Packet analysis
– Computer and network forensics
– Low level protocol analysis
– Network administration
– Vulnerability Analysis
– Malicious code analysis
– Forensic Analysis

General Competencies:
– Critical Thinking
– Problem Solving
– Communication skills, oral and written
– Organized

Applicants should have knowledge and/or experience in the following:
-RAM Analysis
-Digital Forensics Software Platforms
– Computer networking (concepts, protocols, implementations, etc)
– TCP/IP
– Routing
– DNS
– Network devices (install, maintain, troubleshoot)
– Switches
– Routers
– Firewalls
– Proxy servers
– Intrusion Detection Systems (SNORT)
– Virtual Private Networks
– Operating System concepts
– Processes and threads
– File systems
– Memory management
– Microsoft Windows (workstations and servers) – (install, maintain, troubleshoot)
– System administration
– Use of command line tools
– UNIX/Linux (workstations and servers) – (install, maintain, troubleshoot)
– System administration
– Use of command line tools
– Structured programming and scripting

Qualifications

Salary Range:  $79,334 – $105,663 (Full Performance)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 1 year of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience. The following may also be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position: an Associate’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience; or at least 18 semester hours of military coursework/training in networking, computer science, or cyber topics plus 5 years of relevant experience.

Degree must be in Network Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Technology or related field (e.g., General Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Forensics, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Information Assurance, or Computer Security).

Relevant experience must be in computer or information systems design/development, programming, information/cyber/network security, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics, information assurance and/or systems engineering. Additionally, must have experience in network or system administration. If not credited toward education requirement, completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course), Undergraduate Cyber Training (UCT), Network Warfare Bridge Course (NWBC)/Intermediate Network Warfare Training (INWT), Cyber Defense Operations will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (i.e., 20-24 weeks course will count as 6 months of experience, 10-14 weeks will count as 3 months of experience).

Salary Range:  $94,796 – $145,629 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates’ education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Entry is with a Bachelor’s degree plus 6 years of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree plus 4 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 2 years of relevant experience. The following may also be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position: an Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience; or at least 18 semester hours of military coursework/training in networking, computer science, or cyber topics plus 8 years of relevant experience.

Degree must be in Network Engineering, Systems Engineering, Information Technology or related field (e.g., General Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Forensics, Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Information Assurance, or Computer Security).

Relevant experience must be in computer or information systems design/development, programming, information/cyber/network security, vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, computer forensics, information assurance and/or systems engineering. Additionally, must have experience in network or system administration. If not credited toward education requirement, completion of military training in a relevant area such as JCAC (Joint Cyber Analysis course), Undergraduate Cyber Training (UCT), Network Warfare Bridge Course (NWBC)/Intermediate Network Warfare Training (INWT), Cyber Defense Operations will be considered towards the relevant experience requirement (i.e., 20-24 weeks course will count as 6 months of experience, 10-14 weeks will count as 3 months of experience).

The ideal candidate is someone who is motivated, a self-starter, possesses excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills, is innovative, forward-leaning, can influence decision-makers, volunteers for ad-hoc efforts as needs arise, is comfortable leading change, and can offer examples of being able to work effectively across several different functional areas resulting in tangible success.

The successful candidate will be well-organized, able to handle multiple assignments, and has clear communication skills (oral and written). A positive attitude, strong collaboration skills, the ability to lead or work in a team environment, customer service skills, and flexibility are essential.  Being adaptable to shifting priorities, and maintaining focus and momentum during periods of uncertainty and restructuring is critical.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

TRAINING: Management strongly supports continuing education and career development

NOTE: This job posting will be available until 12:00p.m. on the closing date.

How To Apply – External

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***PLEASE NOTE:

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants.  Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate.  NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations.  All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564.  Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph.

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

DCIPS Disclaimer
The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS).  All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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