Cyber threat analysts conduct all-source analysis, digital forensics, and targeting to identify, monitor, assess, and counter the threat posed by foreign cyber actors against US information systems, critical infrastructure and cyber-related interests. They support the President, the National Security Council, and other US policymakers with strategic assessments and provide tactical analysis and advice for operations. Cyber threat analysts are professional intelligence officers who apply their scientific and technical knowledge to solving complex intelligence problems, produce short-term and long-term written assessments, and brief US policymakers and the US cyber defense community. This work demands initiative, creativity, analytical skills, and technical expertise. Agency analysts maintain and broaden their professional ties throughout their careers through academic study, collaboration with Intelligence Community peers, and attendance at professional meetings. They may also pursue additional studies in fields relevant to their areas of responsibility. Opportunities exist for foreign and domestic travel, language training, analytic and management training, and assignments to other offices in the Agency and throughout the US Government.
Minimum requirements Candidates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, digital forensics, cyber security, telecommunications, information assurance, security studies, or a mix of international and technical studies are strongly encouraged to apply. A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale is required. Competitive candidates typically will have higher GPAs, relevant experience, an awareness of US national security interests, and strong verbal presentation and writing skills, including the demonstrated ability to write clear and concise text. All candidates must have excellent analytical abilities and a strong ability to think creatively when approaching issues. Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work under tight deadlines are also needed. Foreign language proficiency and foreign area knowledge gained through study, travel, or work abroad are highly desirable.
The following items must be attached to your online application:
- Your resume.
- A cover letter in which you specify your qualifications for one or more analytic positions. Please address why you want to work as an analyst and what differentiates you from other applicants.
- Unofficial transcripts for all degrees.
- Two different writing samples, each five (5) pages MAXIMUM, single spaced, technical or analytic papers that focus on your current area of expertise or interests and are related to your interest in positions at CIA. You can excerpt longer papers.
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.
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To apply for this job please visit the following URL: https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/science-technology/cyber-threat-analyst.html →