The IT Specialist (INFOSEC) Watch Officer serves as a senior Watch Officer/Cyber Incident Management Specialist responsible for ensuring the confidentially, integrity, & availability of systems, networks, & data through the detection and mitigation of cyber security threats, & planning, analysis, development, implementation, and enhancement of information technology security programs, policies, procedures, & tools for the Department & supports the 24x7x365 Cyber Incident Response Team.
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The first 50 qualified and eligible candidates who applied will be considered for referral to the selecting official. Additional candidates will be referred based on hiring needs.
This position is primarily aligned to the following NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework work roles.
OPM Cybersecurity Code 531 Cyber Defense Incident Responder
For more information about these work roles, where they fit within the larger Cyber Workforce, and how they can support your unique career journey, please visit the Cyber Career Pathways tool on the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies website: https://niccs.us-cert.gov/workforce-development/cyber-career-pathways
Work Schedule: Sun-Thur/Tue-Sat/Mon-Fri/230PM-11PM/1030PM-7AM/630AM-3PM EST
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available.
Telework: May be available at supervisor's discretion.
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description Title/PD#: IT Specialist (INFOSEC)/ PD17384A and PD17384A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Physical Requirements:The work is primarily sedentary during the planning/preparation phase. The work may require walking and standing for prolong periods in conjunction with travel and at the onsite assessment location. The incumbent may carry light items such as papers, books or computers, or drive a motor vehicle. The work does not require any special physical effort. Incumbent duties hours may include 2nd or 3rd shift as required.
Provides direct oversight and management to the Incident Response Watch and provides timely updates to senior management..
Interfaces with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other Intelligence Community (IC) partners on matters pertaining to nation-state and threats against the VA.
Leads the facilitation, containment and eradication of threats against the VA infrastructure.
Performs real-time cyber defense incident handling (e.g., forensic collections, intrusion correlation and tracking, threat analysis, and direct system remediation) tasks to support deployable Incident Response Teams (IRTs).
Write and publish cyber defense techniques, guidance, and reports on incident findings to appropriate constituencies.
2210 Information Technology Management
Information Technology Specialist (It Specialist)
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job
Subject to a background/suitability investigation
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
May serve a probationary period
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
A complete application package; Resume, Transcripts, etc.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 01/22/2021.
Selective Placement Factor: This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume.
The Selective Placement Factor for this position is: experience in leading a team of cyber professionals and/or incident responders in ensuring the confidentially, integrity, and availability of systems, networks, and data through the detection and mitigation of cyber security threats.
You may qualify based on your experience, as described below:
For all positions individuals must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed below. The employing agency is responsible for identifying the specific level of proficiency required for each competency at each grade level based on the requirements of the position being filled.
Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-13 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Specialized experience includes experience in cyber warfare technical analysis involving threat event data, evaluating malicious activity, documenting unusual files and data, and identifying tactics, techniques and procedures used by attackers to gain access to an enterprise level network and across various operating system platforms this includes utilizing an understanding of the life cycle of network threats, network attacks, attack vectors and methods of exploitation as well as intelligence driven defense and/or Cyber Kill Chain methodology.
Such experience is typically gained in the IT field or through the performance of work where the primary concern is IT.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.For more information on these qualification standards, please visit OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/alph-ndx.asp.
Education may not be substituted for experience at the GS-14 level.
Department Of Veterans Affairs