There are a variety of Cybersecurity Engineering opportunities across the Department, including supporting several specialized programs at the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans (PLCY), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Depending on your career level and role, DHS Cybersecurity Service employees in the Technical Career Track, with a technical capability in Cybersecurity Engineering, will generally apply their expertise to perform a range of tasks, including:
- Conducting software, hardware, and systems engineering to develop new and refine/enhance existing technical capabilities, ensuring full integration with security objectives, principles, and processes
- Identifying and recommending methods for incorporating promising technologies to meet organizational cybersecurity requirements based on their ability to stay current on emerging technologies, and their applications to current and emerging business processes (e.g., cloud, mobile)
- Building practical solutions in full consideration of lifecycle of costs, acquisitions, program and projects, management, and budget
- Identifying engineering requirements for, and ensuring interoperability of, internal and external systems
- Assisting DHS leaders with decision-making and actions related to design and implementation of cybersecurity
- Researching and evaluating current technologies to understand capabilities of required systems or networks and provide system security consultation and engineering to business owners, system owners, and developers
- Maintaining security process coordination within the Department's lifecycle management and governance processes
- Applying cybersecurity functions (e.g., encryption, access control, and identity management) to reduce exploitation opportunities
- Coordinating with systems architects and developers, as needed, to provide oversight in the development of design solutions, system security controls, and countermeasures (including designing and developing new cybersecurity tools/technologies)
- Conducting risk analyses, feasibility studies, and/or trade-off analyses to develop, document, and refine functional requirements and specifications and develop and maintain technical security configuration baselines
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or national.
- You must be 18 years of age.
- Must be registered for the Selective Service (if you are a male).
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance. Security clearance levels may vary.
- Must be able to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result.
- Must be able to comply with ethics and standards of conduct requirements, including completing any applicable financial disclosure.
- May be required to serve a 3 year probationary period.
- While many of these positions are considered telework eligible, some individuals must live within 2 hours driving distance to a DHS SCIF in either Chandler, AZ; Stennis, MS; Idaho Falls; Arlington, VA; Pensacola, FL; or Washington, D.C.
- Remote work may be available for some positions.
DHS plans to hire for Cybersecurity Engineering professionals in the Technical Track across a range of career levels. These DHS Cybersecurity Service employees will start at specific career levels and salaries matching their experience and expertise and may progress to higher salaries and/or career levels over time. Employees in this career track generally:
- Have between 5-15 years of cybersecurity work experience
- Range from experienced cybersecurity professionals who apply technical expertise and independent judgement to perform cybersecurity work - to - recognized Federal cybersecurity technical authorities with uncommon technical expertise who advise on cybersecurity challenges impacting DHS and the Nation
DHS Cybersecurity Service employees with a technical capability in Cybersecurity Engineering will generally apply their expertise to:
- Conduct software, hardware, and systems engineering to develop new and refine/enhance existing technical capabilities, ensuring full integration with security objectives, principles, and processes
- Build practical solutions in full consideration of lifecycle of costs, acquisitions, program and projects, management, and budget
- Identify engineering requirements for, and ensure interoperability of, internal and external systems
- Demonstrate strategic risk understanding, considering impact of security breaches or vulnerabilities in every aspect of the engineering process.
- Stay current on emerging technologies, and their applications to current and emerging business processes (e.g., cloud, mobile) to identify and recommend methods for incorporating promising technologies to meet organizational cybersecurity requirements.
- Recommend methods for optimizing existing or establishing new engineering processes which enhance, streamline, and/or clarify implementation steps or requirements.
This position is focused on Cybersecurity Engineering.
DHS Cybersecurity Service jobs are structured cybersecurity specializations - called technical capabilities. To learn more about technical capabilities, visit our application portal.
Degrees are not required for jobs in the DHS Cybersecurity Service, but DHS is interested in your level of education and the topics you studied. As you submit initial application information, you will be asked questions about your education.
- Salary: $115400 - $19600
- Citizenship: Not Provided
- Incentives: Not Provided
- Education: Not Provided
- Travel: Not Provided
- Telework: Not Provided