Threat Analyst job – National Security Agency – Fort George G Meade, MD



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Cyber Security Operations (CSO) Strategic Counter Cyber Operations office, is seeking an energetic, innovative, technology-oriented individual to serve as a threat analyst. This individual will contribute to the knowledge, posture estimation, and determine measures of effectiveness of the organization and the operations. SCCO will derive meaningful insights from multi-authority and multi-sourced data to shape collection, optimize operations, and develop novel analytics for analysts.

The successful candidate will perform research of adversarial threats posed to various systems, technologies, operations, or missions in all appropriate intelligence sources. Analyze collected data to derive facts, inferences, and projections concerning capabilities, intentions, attack approaches, and likelihood of various adversarial attacks under various situations. Research resource allocations, motivations, tendencies, personalities, and tolerance for detection, attribution and retribution that influence adversarial decisions. Contribute to profiling adversarial behavior with respect to identified system attacks in an operational mission context. Produce formal and informal reports, briefings, and perspectives of the behavior of adversaries against target systems, technologies, operations, and missions.

Specific roles include:

  • Conduct target research.
  • Merge information gathered from open source and classified sources.
  • Monitor open and classified sources for useful information.
  • Use knowledge of customer requirements to analyze and process intelligence information.
  • collecting and providing intelligence from many different sources of information.
  • critical thinking and reasoning to make analytic determinations.
  • critically evaluating and selecting the appropriate formal methods of analysis.
  • documenting analytic tradecraft and methodology.
  • exploring and testing multiple avenues of discovery.
  • generating evidence-based inferences to support or refute analytic conclusions.
  • methods to integrate, summarize, visualize, and test information to support analytic processes.
  • planning, developing, and structuring analytic approaches.
  • analyzing threats posed to various systems, technologies, operations, or missions (including likely behaviors of adversaries) and countermeasures to address them
  • Identify relationships, trends, and patterns in, or draw conclusions from, information.

Desired Data Science Skills:

  • Manipulate Python, R, or Ruby code
  • Calculate statistical significance and principle component analyses
  • Scripting for the GHOSTMACHINE environment
  • Leverage LABBENCH + Jupyter to interface with GMAE

GLOBAL SKILLS

Critical thinking, attention to detail, excellent communication skills, high level of initiative and creativity, and ability to work well independently and with others required. Experience with messaging external analysis; data mining techniques; data manipulation; technical reporting; end-product reporting; open-source research; database research; data-basing; assessment of intelligence value; dictionary and selection term development and maintenance are all highly desirable.

DESIRED SPECIALIZED CYBER FOUNDATIONAL KNOWLEDGE

  • TCP/IP: three-way hand-shake, reconstruction
  • Network and Internetwork Routing
  • Domain Name System protocol and architecture
  • How an Antivirus program works
  • How an Intrusion Detection System works
  • How exploitation, implants, and beacons work

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Qualifications

Salary Range: $66,510 – $103,639 (Full Performance)

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. A high school diploma or GED plus 7 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 5 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree in a liberal arts field (e.g., English, History, Communications, Languages and Cultures, International Relations, and Political Science) is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable.

Relevant experience must be in threat, intelligence, or traffic analysis (preferably in the military or IC). Experience in multi-source or technical threat analysis (e.g., SIGINT, ELINT, FISINT, Open-Source, and Geospatial) is preferred.

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

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. A high school diploma or GED plus 10 years of relevant experience, or an Associate’s degree plus 8 years of relevant experience may be considered for individuals with in-depth experience that is clearly related to the position.

Degree in a liberal arts field (e.g., English, History, Communications, Languages and Cultures, International Relations, and Political Science) is preferred, but a degree in any field is acceptable.

Relevant experience must be in threat, intelligence, or traffic analysis (preferably in the military or IC). Experience in multi-source or technical threat analysis (e.g., SIGINT, ELINT, FISINT, Open-Source, and Geospatial) is preferred.

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Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

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

TRAINING: Management strongly supports continuing education and career development.

Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

This Ad closes on March 31, 2017.

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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.

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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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