The information below identifies the skills needed in order to be successful in a student volunteer assignment with DHS related to the type of work that may be assigned.
DHS Headquarters - Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO): The OCIO mission is to develop and maintain a single, DHS-wide information technology (IT) infrastructure environment that is reliable, scalable, flexible, maintainable, accessible and secure, ensuring operational excellence. Students should be prepared to participate in cyber business management, cyber development, information sharing, applied technology, technology services, accessible systems, and security oriented tasks. This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: security monitoring and event analysis; incident response; threat-analysis; risk assessment; security engineers/architects for building-in security.
DHS Headquarters & State Fusion Centers - Office of Intelligence and Analysis (I&A): Intelligence professionals analyze information and put it into context, addressing foreign threats to the United States, its people, property, or interests. Cyber Intelligence professionals characterize cyber threats, by looking at threat actors' intentions and their capabilities, and identify behavioral patterns (or "indicators") that can help describe the habits of an adversary and allow our customers to take preventive action based on that insight. DHS I&A Cyber Intelligence shares information to aid the efforts of homeland security providers, the private sector, State/local partners, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and other Federal leaders, in addition to informing policy decisions. This assignment may require experience and/or education in the areas of: computer science, information technology, networking, social sciences, academic research, intelligence analysis, writing, communications, interest in reading, writing and analysis.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): The ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) directorate is a critical asset in the ICE mission, responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States. HSI investigates immigration crime, human rights violations and human smuggling, smuggling of narcotics, weapons and other types of contraband, financial crimes, cybercrime and export enforcement issues. ICE special agents conduct investigations aimed at protecting critical infrastructure industries that are vulnerable to sabotage, attack or exploitation. In addition to ICE criminal investigations, HSI oversees the agency's international affairs operations and intelligence functions. HSI consists of more than 10,000 employees, consisting of 6,700 special agents, who are assigned to more than 200 cities throughout the U.S. and 47 countries around the world. More information on ICE/HSI can be found by visiting http://www.ice.gov/about/offices/homeland-security-investigations/. This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: computer science or computer related degree program, computer forensics, networking, CompTIA A+ certification.
Transportation Security Administration (TSA): There are several divisions participating in the cyber student volunteer initiative.
- IAD - The Information Assurance & Cyber Security Division is comprised of four branches with the common goal of protecting information, data source codes, and information systems against unauthorized access, unauthorized use, disclosure, disruption, unauthorized modification, or destruction. TSA relies heavily on information technology to connect our organization internally and to other DHS components. The nature of TSA's mission means that our information is increasingly the target of computer hackers or cyber-terrorists who try to access our information systems in various ways. Maintaining the security of our information and information systems is critical to support the TSA mission.
- Focused Operations - The focused operations team is tasked with conducting highly technical digital forensic investigations to include intrusion examinations, data recovery, administrative action investigation, and e-discovery support. The focused operations team tracks incidents their victims and attributions data sets that are useful in providing feedback that is used to tune security devices that protect TSA NET. Additionally the Focused Operations team provides training and intelligence reporting to help educate TSA users of the latest threats and trends.
- Computer Network Defense - The Computer Network Defense (CND) focuses on the day-to-day protection of the TSA's data and computer assets. It's missions include the real-time analysis of security event logs (performed by the TSA Security Operations Center), the coordination of response to computer security incidents (performed by the aptly named Computer Security Incident Response Team), the independent verification and validation of the security devices protecting the TSA networks, the aggregation and analysis of computer security intelligence (open source and classified), and the evaluation of emerging information technology products and services. Due to mission overlap the CND has strong working relations with a wide variety of organizations, both internal to the TSA Office of Information Technology and external, and therefore stresses collaboration and cooperation in its operations.
This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: IT field of specialization, familiarity with networking, knowledge of Internet Protocol (IP), TCP/IP-based networking, Incident Response, knowledge of computer hardware, familiarity with software vulnerabilities and network exploitation, good writing skills, CompTIA A+ certification.
United States Coast Guard (USCG): - The assignments with USCG may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: cyber skills, mathematics, science, engineering.
United States Secret Service (USSS): - The USSS is responsible for protecting and maintaining the integrity of the nation's critical financial infrastructure and payment systems. As a part of this mission, the USSS constantly implements and evaluates prevention and response measures to guard against electronic crimes as well as other computer related fraud. In 1995, the USSS established the New York Electronic Crimes Task Force (ECTF) to combine the resources of academia; the private sector; and local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to combat computer-based threats to our financial payment systems. Based on its success, in 2001 Congress directed the USSS to establish a nationwide network of ECTFs to "prevent, detect and investigate various forms of electronic crimes, including potential terrorist attacks against critical infrastructure and financial payment systems." The ECTFs focus on several types of investigations to include: network intrusions, hacking attacks, phishing schemes, skimming, access device fraud, carding portals, wire fraud, use of malicious software and other computer-related offenses. The USSS currently operates 33 ECTFs nationwide and 2 international. In total, the USSS consists of more than 6,700 employees, including over 3,000 special agents and over 1,500 uniform division officers spread over 165 offices globally. This assignment may require either experience and/or education in the areas of: computer forensics, cyber threat intelligence, incident response, CompTIA A+ certification, CompTIA Network+ certification, Forensic Tool Certifications (i.e., EnCE, ACE).
EDUCATION - Transcripts (Official or Unofficial) or verification of enrollment must be provided by the closing date, Friday, January 17, 2014.
All required documents must be submitted by Friday, January 17, 2014 the closing date of this announcement.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
We will review your resume, supporting documentation, and self assessment in order to evaluate your experience and education/training into a single quality level rating. This rating is based on an evaluation of your competencies which are important for successful performance of the duties or tasks that may be assigned.
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