Information Technology Specialist (Security) *Roster* *Amended*

Internal Revenue Service | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 8/13/2019

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*Amended to clarify positions to be filled IT-Wide and include additional vacancy locations*

WHAT IS THE IRS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY DIVISION? The mission of IRS Information Technology is to provide leadership in the delivery of information technology solutions that anticipate and meet enterprise-wide needs by empowering employees to deliver customer-centered, value-creating systems, products, services, and support.  

WHAT DOES A CYBER SECURITY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST DO? As a Cyber Security Information Technology Specialist you will operate as a project leader whose authority and scope of responsibility crosses organizational and geographic lines. You will develop guidelines that will be used by other specialists in the course of the projects, which have an impact on broad agency goals. In this position, you will lead major national level projects such as the review of proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks, recommending mitigation or countermeasures, and resolving integration issues related to the implementation of new systems within the existing infrastructure. The various projects have an impact on broad agency goals. They deal with multi-year plans, new cutting-edge technologies, or issues, and develop new policies or make significant changes to existing policies that have IRS-wide impact.

Potential Candidate should possess the skills/knowledge below:

As a Cyber Security Information Technology Specialist, you will:

  • Provide an enterprise cyber monitoring, analytics, and coordination capability 24x7x365
  • Provide fraud analytics monitoring to examine designated dashboards, events, and logs to identify and escalate potential indicators of fraud.
  • Coordinate the IRS-wide response to significant cyber and disclosure/communications incidents resulting from the use of IRS information technology systems.
  • Perform forensic analysis (handling compromised machines), and evaluate/deconstruct malware (e.g. obfuscated code) through open-source and vendor provided tools.
  • Develop intrusion detection signatures to identify those specific indicators that are unique to a particular exposure or zero-delay vulnerability, delivering threat and awareness/education briefings, coordination of process development, and technical writing.
  • Provide security control integration support to IRS system administrators.
  • Review and process IT systems Deviations.
  • Lead and manage Cybersecurity Policy IT Customer Support Board.
  • Assist with Cybersecurity operating systems compliance application programs.
  • Provide Enterprise Lifecycle Oversight support.
  • Develops Information Technology (IT) Security Policy and Guidance, providing enterprise security controls that safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IRS systems and applications. Ensures that IRS security policies are developed in accordance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Department of Treasury and Industry's Best Practices for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.
  • Utilize FedRAMP processes to implement and monitor Cloud security controls in support of Cloud environments.
  • Brief authorizing officials on security risks and manage remediation of security vulnerabilities identified in annual assessments and continuous real time monitoring through creating and managing of Plans of action and milestones.
  • Develop long-range plans for IT security systems that anticipate, identify, evaluate, mitigate, and minimize risks associated with IT systems vulnerabilities.
  • Develop and analyze data analytics to provide risk focused reporting products for addressing vulnerability to fix requirements.

Duties continued in "Qualifications"

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Continuation of Major Duties:

  • Lead the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities, coordinating the implementation of security programs across platforms (Tier I, II and III) and establishing vulnerability reporting criteria.
  • Review proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks, recommending mitigation or countermeasures, and resolving integration issues related to the implementation of new systems within the existing infrastructure.
  • Provide authoritative advice to other specialists in disaster recovery, business continuity, and operating systems security, and develop and implement IRS-wide guidelines.
  • Develop contingency plans (Disaster Recovery or Business Continuation Plans for information technology systems) to ensure availability and accessibility of network resources in the event of emergencies.
  • Review and evaluate security incident response policies; identifying need for changes based on new security technologies or threats; testing and implementing new policies and instituting measures to ensure awareness and compliance.
  • • Implement security requirements resulting from new Public Law, Presidential directive, or other external mandate; integrating security programs across IRS business units and organizations; and defining the scope and level of detail for security plans and policies applicable to the IRS security program.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:

GS-13 LEVEL:  You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. This experience must include Information Technology (IT) related experience that demonstrates each of the following four competencies: 1) Attention to Detail, 2) Customer Service, 3) Oral Communication and 4) Problem Solving. Specialized experience for this position includes:Experience that demonstrates accomplishment of computer project assignments that required a wide range of knowledge of computer requirements and techniques pertinent to the position to be filled.This knowledge is generally demonstrated through assignments that required the ability to analyze a number of alternative approaches in the process of advising management concerning major aspects of IT system design. This would include defining what system interrelationships must be considered, or what operating mode, system software, and/or equipment configuration is most appropriate for a given project.
In addition to the above you must meet the requirements below: To be qualifying your experience must be sufficient to demonstrate your ability to work difficult and complex programs which will include establishing, implementing, and interpreting the security requirements. Examples of qualifying experience include: Coordinating the review and evaluation of the agency infrastructure protection program, including policies, guidelines, tools, methods, and technologies; Identifying current and potential problem areas; Updating or establish new requirements; and making recommendations for a fully compliant infrastructure protection program to be implemented throughout the agency.

- The experience may have been gained in the public sector, private sector or Volunteer Service. One year of experience refers to full-timework; part-timework is considered on a prorated basis.
- To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week, on your resume.  

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