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Cyber Targeter

Cyber Targeters leverage advanced tools, datasets, and methods to identify and assess individuals, computer networks, emerging threats, and collection opportunities to advance CIA’s cyber mission.
  • Full-Time
  • $69,287 - $122,459*
  • *Higher starting salary possible depending on experience level
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Foreign Language Bonus Eligible

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 Targeter at CIA, you will effectively leverage the most advanced cyber tools, datasets, and methodologies to analyze all-source information, generate operational leads, drive successful operations, disrupt threats, and advance CIA’s cyber mission priorities. Cyber Targeters are investigative, pragmatic, and mission driven. Working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, you will identify the individuals, computer networks, emerging threats, cyber vulnerabilities, and collection opportunities that will transform intelligence and advance US national security interests in the cyber domain.

Opportunities may exist for domestic and foreign travel, as well as technical and specialized training.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a STEM discipline, preferably in one of the following disciplines:
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Network Security/Engineering
    • Cyber Security
    • Computer/Digital Forensics
    • Information Science/Systems
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is preferred
  • And/or at least (5) years of professional experience working across one or more of the following technical and/or analytic disciplines:
    • Computer/Digital Forensics
    • Cyber Security
    • Internet/Web Technology
    • Information Science/Systems
    • Network Security & Engineering
    • Social Network Analysis
    • Emerging Technologies
    • Data Analytics
  • Strong critical thinking skills; advanced research skills; excellent analytic abilities
  • Works well independently and in a team environment
  • Inquisitive and investigative
  • Action-oriented and results-driven
  • Ability to successfully navigate the Internet and mobile environment
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous Intelligence Community experience
  • Advanced STEM degree, preferably in one of the previously identified fields/disciplines
  • Foreign language skills for qualifying languages on the Foreign Language Hiring Priority List
  • Experience with programming and algorithmic techniques