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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 an Information Technology Specialist (Security) 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.
As an Information Technology Specialist (Security), you will:
- Lead server and vendor security product evaluations and technical studies and task forces.
- Direct pilot testing programs.
- Analyze new technology for its impact on various environments.
- Test new releases on supported platforms.
- Develop product configuration standards for use in the environments.
- Develop a holistic cloud security environment effectively by maintaining industry and globally accepted standards.
- In-depth understanding of cloud security concepts, principals and frameworks FedRAMP.
- Develop and deliver Information Technology (IT) Security Policy and Guidance, providing enterprise security controls that safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of IRS systems and application and ensure 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 (IST), Department of Treasury and Industry's Best Practices for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.
- 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), 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-day vulnerability, delivering threat and awareness/education briefings, coordination of process development, and technical writing.
- Provide security control integration support to IRS system administrators.
- Build applications and resolve build, compile, and debug errors.
- Review and analyze scan results.
- Prepare source code security reports, discuss results and mitigation options with developers and other stakeholders.
- Serve as point of contact for source code review inquiries, schedules reviews and correspond with customers.
WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT OTHER IRS CAREERS? If you want to find out more about IRS careers, visit us on the web at www.jobs.irs.gov
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement:
GS-14 LEVEL: You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-13 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.