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Cyber Security Officer

Work Schedule: Full Time
Salary: $62,303 – $123,234
Location: Washington, DC metropolitan area

As a Cyber Security Officer for the CIA, you will protect Agency data and network systems through risk analysis, enterprise security solutions, and continual enhancement of our protection profiles. Utilizing sophisticated tools, instrumentation, and knowledge of CIA Information Technology (IT) tradecraft, you will protect our data and IT systems by identifying current threats, mitigating vulnerabilities, and anticipating future challenges. You will also monitor, evaluate and employ new technologies to increase the security of our existing and emerging IT systems.

Your career as a Cyber Security Officer will progress through tours of duty in engineering, analysis, and embedded customer support.

  • Engineering tours employ defense in depth principles in security engineering designs and implementation. You will analyze existing and future systems across the Agency, review security architectures, and develop engineering solutions that proactively manage information protection and successfully integrate cyber security requirements. You will also address cyber security events through incident response activities, including threat model development and resulting security risk analysis of systems.
  • Analysis tours apply security risk assessment methodology to system development, including assessing and auditing network penetration testing, antivirus deployment, and risk analysis. You will review and assess cyber security events and logs via sophisticated cyber security/event management tools to assess and mitigate system security threats and risks throughout the program lifecycle to include vulnerability assessment and penetration testing.
  • Embedded customer support tours as an Information System Security Manager provides technical policy guidance and consultation to Agency components. You will validate system security requirements definition and review/approve system security plans for enterprise-wide and mission specific architectures. In this position you will serve on the front lines of Agency cyberspace and are the first point of contact for any cyber security issue.

Most positions are located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, but opportunities to serve overseas exist as your career and abilities develop.

Offices of the CIA - Directorate of Support

The Directorate of Support (DS) provides everything the CIA needs to accomplish its critical mission of defending our nation. The DS provides business operations support to Agency components including all aspects of security, logistics, facilities, finance, education, medical services and human resources. Learn more about the Directorate of Support.

Life at CIA:

In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, the CIA offers exciting career opportunities and a dynamic environment. We're on the forefront of world-altering events - as they happen. So working here isn't just a job, it's a mindset and a lifestyle.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields or relevant verifiable work experience:
    • Information Assurance
    • Cyber Security
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Engineering
    • Other related engineering fields
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale is preferred, but exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Strong commitment to continuous learning
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment

Desired qualifications:

  • Track record of progressively responsible cyber experience in one or more of the following security areas:
    • Networks, operating system, application-layer, and cloud security expertise
    • Hunt operations for malicious actors
    • Systems evaluations
    • System security penetration testing
    • Big-data cyber analytics
    • Security operations/network monitoring
    • Network mapping
    • Vulnerability scanners, firewalls, routers, and other security tools
    • Working knowledge of public key infrastructure and encryption systems
    • Experience working on a cyber security incident team
    • Professional certifications

The following items must be attached to your on-line application (PDF format preferred):

  • Resume
  • Cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for this position. Please address why you want to work in this role and what differentiates you from other applicants.
  • Unofficial transcripts for all degrees
  • Copies of any professional certification


All applicants must successfully complete a thorough medical and psychological exam, a polygraph interview and an extensive background investigation. US citizenship is required.

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last twelve months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to twelve months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

Important Notice: Friends, family, individuals, or organizations may be interested to learn that you are an applicant for or an employee of the CIA. Their interest, however, may not be benign or in your best interest. You cannot control whom they would tell. We therefore ask you to exercise discretion and good judgment in disclosing your interest in a position with the Agency. You will receive further guidance on this topic as you proceed through your CIA employment processing.

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An equal opportunity employer and a drug-free work force.

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Posted: Feb 01, 2011 08:58 AM
Last Updated: Aug 17, 2017 02:38 PM

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