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Cyber Operations Officer

Cyber Operations Officers gather intelligence from adversary systems and networks using advanced tools, techniques, and tradecraft.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $72,965 - $181,216
  • Bachelor's degree

Agency-wide Requirements

All applicants must be:

  • U.S. citizens (dual U.S. citizens also eligible)
  • At least 18 years of age
  • Willing to move to the Washington, DC area
  • Able to complete security and medical evaluations
  • Registered for the Selective Service

About the Job

As a Cyber Operations Officers for CIA, you will gather intelligence from adversary systems and networks using advanced tools, techniques, and tradecraft. Working in a fast-paced, challenging, and collaborative environment, Cyber Operations Officers utilize their cutting-edge knowledge of computer hardware, software, and networks to lead the future of the Agency’s intelligence mission.

Who You’ll Work With

At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.

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What You’ll Get

Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.

As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.

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Minimum Qualifications

  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Creative problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • Verbal and written communications skills (especially as applied to technical presentations and documentation)
  • Ability to apply interpersonal skills to collaborative team environments
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Commitment to continuous learning
  • Ability to work within cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities
  • Possess a self-starter approach
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent industry experience in a computer-related or networking-related field such as:
    • Cybersecurity/Information Security
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Network Engineering
    • Information Systems
  • Knowledge, experience, and/or professional certifications in one or more computer or networking technical areas such as:
    • Information security tools and techniques: Network monitoring, Network mapping, Vulnerability scanning, Penetration testing
    • Offensive information security
    • Digital forensics and data recovery
    • Operating systems – Windows, Linux/UNIX, mobile, and/or networking
    • Voice/data communications (satellite, RF, wireless, and telecommunications networks)
    • Network administration - security and engineering, networking equipment (routers/firewalls/switches)
    • Programming and scripting languages
    • Command line tools
    • Internet/web technologies - email, social networking, and collaboration sites
  • Knowledge and experience with industry computer and network security events such as:
    • Ethical hacking contests
    • Capture-the-flag exercises
    • Computer security conferences
  • Knowledge and experience with tailoring systems engineering and/or program management concepts to small scale efforts
  • Proven ability to analyze and troubleshoot technical issues