Nov 24, 2021

Threat Analyst - Entry to Expert Level - (Maryland Location)

  • National Security Agency
  • Fort Meade, MD, USA

Job Description

NSA's Not-So-Secret Mission The National Security Agency (NSA) protects and defends the security of the Nation by providing our partners and national decision makers with critical information from cyber threats and foreign signals intelligence. We match an expert workforce with top-notch technology to obtain insight into our adversaries' plans and capabilities and, ultimately, save lives, inform national policy, protect U.S. secrets, and outmaneuver those who would do us harm. How You Can Contribute Are you an emerging or seasoned analyst with the drive and expertise to be on the forefront of the cyber fight? Do you routinely visit network security websites, attend technical conferences, or maintain your own network? Are you ready to help secure our Nation's critical Infrastructure and advance your career, all while enjoying all of the outstanding benefits of federal service? Threat Analysts at NSA perform research of adversarial threats posed to various systems, technologies, operations, or missions in all appropriate intelligence sources. They analyze collected data to derive facts and projections concerning capabilities, intentions, attack approaches; Research resource allocations, motivations, tendencies, personalities; and contribute to profiling adversarial behavior with respect to identified system attacks in an operational mission context. They produce formal and informal reports, briefings, and perspectives of the behavior of adversaries against target systems, technologies, operations, and missions. Threat Analysts perform a broad spectrum of duties; they may: - 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 - Collect and provide intelligence from many different sources of information - Make analytic determinations based on critical thinking and reasoning - Evaluate and use appropriate Structured Analytic Technique - Document analytic tradecraft and methodology - Explore and test multiple avenues of discovery - Generate evidence-based inferences to support or refute analytic conclusions - Utilize methods to integrate, summarize, visualize, and test information to support analytic processes - Plan, develop, and structure analytic approaches - Analyze 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 - Develop, create and improve threat research practices and assist in knowledge transfer, mentoring and training of new analysts in these techniques

Are you a cyber professional with the drive and expertise to be on the forefront of the cyber fight; tackling NSA's complex mission to defend against cyber threats of today and tomorrow? NSA, the nation's leading cyber agency, has exciting and challenging positions in Cyber Security Engineering and Cyber and TEMPEST vulnerability analysis/mitigation. Are you ready to help secure our Nation's critical Infrastructure? If so, NSA is the place for you!

Salary Range: $49,157 - $78,167 (Entry/Developmental) *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 and no experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 4 years of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 2 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: $72,750 - $113,362 (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. 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: $103,690 - $159,286 (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. 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. Salary Range: $144,128 - $172,500 (Expert) *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 9 years of relevant experience, or a Master's degree plus 7 years of relevant experience, or a Doctoral degree plus 5 years of relevant experience. A high school diploma or GED plus 13 year of relevant experience, or an Associate's degree plus 11 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) and formal leadership is preferred.

The Ideal Candidate We're looking for someone who - Possesses strong problem solving, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills - Has solid knowledge or experience in several of the following areas: - Coding in scripting languages such as Python, R, or Ruby - Calculating statistical significance and principle component analyses - Leveraging Jupyter - 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 - Teaching, coaching and mentoring others - Building effective communications to explain complex technical information to wider audiences - Effective writing skills.

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