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Digital Forensics Engineer

Digital Forensics Engineers analyze data from ongoing cyber-attacks, provide information on threat mitigations, and write code to help develop information recovery techniques.
  • Full time
  • Starting salary: $69,287 - $122,459
  • 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 Digital Forensic Engineer (DFE) for CIA, you will focus on the Agency’s toughest technology challenges and cyber threats. DFEs are energetic and enthusiastic computer or engineering professional who enjoys tackling hard challenges, are obsessed with learning about the newest technologies as they emerge and love it when no two days of work are ever the same.

A day in the life of a DFE can range from: analyzing data from an ongoing sophisticated cyber-attack, to providing time critical information to policy makers on threat mitigations for the newest zero day, or researching and understanding new file formats, mobile devices, and storage devices. This requires a fundamental understanding of technology at its lowest levels. You will scientifically research, collect, process, analyze, and present findings in support of data recovery and assessing and identifying malicious behaviors within digital datasets. DFEs also write scripts/code to help develop new information recovery techniques and threat identification methods. While you will be expected to perform analysis in such a way as to maintain the integrity and objectivity of the forensic process, exhibiting innovation and creativity in problem solving strategies is highly encouraged.

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 in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Applied Mathematics
  • At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale
  • Innovative and creative
  • Problem solving skills
  • Strong initiative
  • Ability to write script/code
  • Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation