There are a variety of Cybersecurity Architecture 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 Architecture, will generally apply their expertise to perform a range of tasks, including:
- Serving as a technical advisor and consultant to colleagues and/or DHS leadership on the implementation of the Department's information systems security policy and guidelines.
- Assisting DHS leadership in making integration decisions, analyzing design constraints and trade-offs in system and security design, and ensuring integrity of DHS mission objectives, while protecting DHS assets from cyber threats and vulnerabilities.
- Advocating for, influencing and/or defending policy and program decisions among Department leaders and high-ranking officials across government and develop novel solutions that impact matters of national significance related to the DHS Cybersecurity mission.
- Collaborating with internal and external DHS stakeholders and national experts to budget for, architect, and design enterprise cybersecurity solutions.
- Reviewing security and privacy requirements to isolate system needs and translating those requirements into secure technical and operational specifications.
- Conducting and evaluating design reviews and conducting security risk assessments, gap analyses, and business impact analyses to detect system weaknesses, identify the depth and breadth of needed security controls, and make targeted recommendations to address issues and mitigate risks.
- Designing and evaluating networks that are secure from known and perceived methods of cyber-attack on all elements including but not limited to wired and wireless elements, Cloud-based, and virtual environments incorporating secure controls.
- Establishing defense in-depth mechanisms to detect, deflect or mitigate cyber-attacks on networks and communications systems and structures.
- Designing and evaluating software that is secure from known and perceived methods of cyber-attack and analyzing software risks, understanding likely points of attack, and determining how software will mitigate potential attacks.
- Conducting secure code review in accordance with software assurance best practices.
- Assessing systemic threats in deployment environment and vulnerabilities of application and identifying application vulnerabilities, taking into consideration security controls, recovery strategies, contingency plans, and testing and evaluation.
- Executing and/or assisting development based on secure design specifications, utilizing secure tools and methodologies.
- Tracking and correcting system defects through testing and implementation phases.
- Providing oversight of systems testing and evaluation and test case development and mapping.
- Developing objectives and criteria for testing program.
- Establishing testing frameworks and contingency plans.
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.
This position is in the Technical Track across a range of career levels. 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 Architecture will generally apply their expertise to:
- Develop system concepts and work on the capabilities phases of the systems development lifecycle.
- Translate technology and environmental conditions (e.g., laws, regulations, policies and technical standards) into system and security designs and processes.
- Provide recommendations for investment standards and policies that drive how controls will be applied across the organization.
This position is focused on Cybersecurity Architecture.
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: $104000 - $207000
- Citizenship: Not Provided
- Incentives: Not Provided
- Education: Not Provided
- Travel: Not Provided
- Telework: Not Provided