National Security Agency


Threat Analyst (43945428)
Location: Fort Meade, Maryland - United States
Posted: 12/13/2017

Threat Analyst

Responsibilities The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information. Do you want to do work you can't do anywhere else and be at the forefront of strengthening our National Cyber-security posture? Do you want to help chart the course for NSA's innovative Cybersecurity and help prevent future cyber-attacks against the United States? If so, NSA is the place for you! Threat Analysts perform research of adversarial threats posed to various systems, technologies, operations, or missions in all appropriate intelligence sources. Analyze collected data to derive facts, inferences, and projections concerning capabilities, intentions, attack approaches, and likelihood of various adversarial attacks under various situations. Research resource allocations, motivations, tendencies, personalities, and tolerance for detection, attribution and retribution that influence adversarial decisions. Contribute to characterizing adversarial behavior with respect to identified system attacks in an operational mission context. Produce formal and informal reports, briefings, technical papers, 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 select the appropriate formal methods of analysis - 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 The optimal candidate is someone with strong problem-solving, analytical, communication and interpersonal skills and who has solid knowledge or experience in several of the following areas: - Compiling, integrating and interpreting all-source data - Performing Threat Analysis - Multi-source or technical Threat Analysis - Performing Intelligence Analysis in the military or IC - Traffic Analysis - Threat and/or Cybersecurity frameworks - Analytic Integrity Standards If you love the Black Hat / DEFCON Briefings, and Capture the Flag events; then you need to talk to us. Qualifications Salary Range: $44,941 - $71,467 (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: $66,510 - $103,639 (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. How To Apply - External To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page. After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email. Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically. Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov. ***PLEASE NOTE: U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility. Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application. Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position. Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position. Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing. DCIPS Disclaimer The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.

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Job Capacity:Employee (full-time)
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The National Security Agency (NSA) is a world leader in signals intelligence and information assurance. We carry out some of the nation’s most important and sensitive intelligence activities to secure information superiority for America and its allies.


We have two primary missions. Our information assurance mission is the defense: it protects U.S. information by preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to our information systems. Our signals intelligence mission is the offense: collecting foreign signals and producing intelligence to give U.S. policy makers and warfighters the decision advantage. NSA also enables network warfare operations to defeat terrorists and their organizations at home and abroad, consistent with U.S. laws and the protection of privacy and civil liberties.


As the nation’s top cryptologic organization, we employ the best and the brightest, who use their intelligence to solve some of the nation’s most difficult challenges. We are a world-class cyber center, the largest employer of mathematicians in the country, as well as a national leader in foreign language analysis and research.


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