Computer Network Defense Service Provider

Source: External Applicants Only
Open: 2017-09-18
Closed: 2017-09-30
Band: 03
Location: Arnold, MO, St Louis, MO, Springfield, VA
Cover Letter
Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.
Title, PP, Series, Band
Computer Network Defense Service Provider
Pay Band, Salary Range – Ext
Band 03 $60,613 – $123,234
Permanent Change in Station
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
NGA Marketing Message
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence.

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation.

Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA’s role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.

Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World
Assignment Description
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Computer Network Defense Service Providers protect, monitor, analyze, detect, and respond to unauthorized activity within NGA computer networks. They use information collected from a variety of sources to identify, analyze, and report events that occur or might occur within the network to protect information, information systems, and networks from threats. They also maintain and administer infrastructure systems and respond to crisis or urgent situations to mitigate immediate and potential threats. Finally, these specialists perform audit assessments of systems and networks to identify deviations from acceptable configurations and policy.
Promotion Opportunity
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered. Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements. NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Additional Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Office of the Chief Information Officer and Information Technology Services Directorate (OCIOT) is seeking an experienced, innovative, highly motivated, self-starting Computer Network Defense Service Provider (CNDSP). This individual is a member of an integrated government and contractor team of technical and functional experts in the field of Cybersecurity and Computer Network Defense (CND). The Cyber Defense functions provide analysis of emerging advanced persistent threats (APTs), deep dive analysis, incident coordination, analysis and response, focused operations, trending and reporting. These functions are critical to increasing situational awareness and an enabler for defending the NGA network infrastructure. The CNDSP operates in concert with the cyber functions across NGA, and acts as the focal point for cyber incident response within the Agency. The CNDSP coordinates computer security incident response activities for events to include, but not be limited to: viruses, worms, Trojan horses, other malicious code, system security breaches, and cyber-terrorist attacks. Overall, the CNDSP provides Incident handling and analysis. They exhibit the necessary professional communications and teaming skills to lead a variety of complex project applying knowledge of network protocols, equipment, standards, technology to DoD & IC information security technology challenges that include: network forensic analysis; computer incident response; network security and host integrity reviews; vulnerability assessments and penetration testing; and monitoring implementation of security processes and technical solutions.
Qualifications Mandatory
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement’s mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1) Experience managing competing demands on time and remaining focused on key objectives/goals;
2) Demonstrated ability to think creatively, problem solve and apply analytical techniques;
3) Demonstrated knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of particular Computer Network Defense (CND) tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures which are employed by technicians to ensure the secure integration and operation of the computing environment, network, and/or enclave;
4) Demonstrate expertise in IT information security principles, including operating systems security, network security, application layer (e.g. web) security and computer network defense (CND) architectures;
5) Demonstrated knowledge in computer incident response best practice and procedures.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, or a related discipline. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A minimum of 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college coursework in any area listed in option A, plus experience in cyber-analytics, computer forensics, incident response, or in a closely-related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: Six years of experience in cyber-analytics, computer forensics, incident response, or a closely-related area that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks associated with this work. Computer Network Defense Service Provider certifications (e.g., CND-A, CND-IS, CND-IR, CND-AU) must be obtained within 6 months.
Qualifications Desirable
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1) Demonstrated experience adapting to new demands or information and handling situations with multiple variables and unknowns successfully;
2) Computer Incident Response Team (CIRT) or network operations experience;
3) Experience dealing with decision making in a methodical and calculated way; investigating all available data in an organized manner and taking consistent, logical action;
4) Performing complex network analysis and assessments based on correlation of disparate security-relevant data sources (e.g., firewall logs, net flow data, IDS events, etc.);
5) Information Technology (IT) level 1 certification in accordance with DoD Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA); Information Assurance Technical (IAT) Level II and Computer Network Defense-Service Provider (CNDSP) certification in accordance with the DoD 8570-01-M.
Special Info External
– U.S. Citizenship Required
– Security Clearance (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information)
– Polygraph Test Required
– Position Subject to Drug Testing
– Two Year Probationary Period
– Direct Deposit Required
Applicant Evaluation Process
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:

1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted.

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.
DCIPS Statement
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee’s base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee’s annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to preference 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 an external applicant claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.

This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).
Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family.

For more information on the array of benefits programs, please visit
How To Apply
Application submission involves applying using NGA’s on-line application process. Application Instructions can be found by visiting:

All announcements close at 7:59PM EDT on the closing date listed. Be sure to complete and submit your application by that time in order to be considered.

What To Expect Next
After visiting and applying via NGA’s on-line application process, applicants can follow their status via that same NGA on-line application functionality. Several other topics relating to what is involved in the hiring process and how long it takes can be found by visiting and choosing Frequently Asked Questions.
Special Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.


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