As technology becomes increasingly more sophisticated, the demand for an experienced and qualified workforce to protect our Nation’s networks and information systems has never been higher. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently recruiting cybersecurity professionals with the following skill sets:
- Cyber Incident Response
- Cyber Risk and Strategic Analysis
- Vulnerability Detection and Assessment
- Intelligence and Investigation
- Networks and Systems Engineering
- Digital Forensics and Forensics Analysis
- Software Assurance
Candidates can view current DHS cybersecurity job opportunities by searching DHS jobs on USAJOBS and typing "cyber" in the "Keyword" field. The table below lists additional opportunities not posted to USAJOBS that use the Schedule A (Cyber) Hiring Authority*. You can also learn more about the DHS cyber mission and sign-up for e-mail updates on cybersecurity job opportunities and upcoming events.
*The application process for Schedule A (Cyber) hiring is more simplistic than the typical process used in USAJOBS.
Student Programs in Cybersecurity
The Secretary’s Honors Program Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative is for current undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a program of study in a cybersecurity-related field. Selected students learn about the DHS cybersecurity mission, complete hands-on cybersecurity work, and build technical experience in key areas such as digital forensics, network diagnostics, and incident response. Additionally, students participate in mentoring and professional development activities with DHS managers and senior leaders from across components.
Recent Graduate and Entry-Level Cybersecurity Programs
CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service
DHS partners with the National Science Foundation on the CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, which offers scholarships to outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in exchange for government service to a federal agency. SFS is designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government's critical information infrastructure. SFS scholarships may fully fund the typical costs incurred by full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education and related fees.
DHS Secretary’s Honors Program
The DHS Secretary’s Honors Program is a highly competitive, premier program for exceptional entry-level professionals looking for a career at DHS. Qualified candidates apply for a limited number of slots and are selected based on their academic performance, experience and other criteria. Those selected for the program will be offered a variety of incentives and enhanced career opportunities including Department rotations, mentorships, focused on-the-job training and inclusion in various professional development programs.
Veteran Opportunities in Cybersecurity
You can use your veteran benefits to obtain knowledge and skills in cybersecurity. Using the post 9/11 GI Bill, you can get up to 36 months of financial support for education and training for graduate and undergraduate degrees, vocational/technical training, correspondence training, licensing and national testing programs, and tutorial assistance to prepare you for a career in cybersecurity. You can learn more about the post 9/11 GI Bill at U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or DHS Veterans Careers.
See how you fit in the civilian cybersecurity area. Search for current DHS cybersecurity job opportunities by searching DHS jobs on USAJOBS and typing "cyber" in the Keyword field.
National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center
DHS is actively recruiting dynamic cybersecurity professionals in its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to help protect the Nation’s cyberspace. NCCIC is a 24x7 cyber situational awareness, incident response, and management center that is a national nexus of cyber and communications integration for the federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, the intelligence community, law enforcement, the private sector, and international entities. Qualified candidates must have knowledge, skills, and experience in, but not limited to:
- Information systems and architecture design
- Incident response
- Malware and forensic incident analysis
- Information security program and project management
- Information assurance
- Gathering and analyzing incident data
- Developing and implementing information systems security programs, polices, and procedures
- Leading teams in cyber incidents and responses
- Identifying and analyzing cyber security threats and providing mitigation strategies
- Identifying and exploiting vulnerabilities, vulnerability scanning and penetration testing
- Evaluating security incident response policies
- Reviewing proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks
Employment opportunities are posted on USAJOBS, keyword “NCCIC”.
National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies
DHS’s National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) serves as a national resource for cybersecurity awareness, education, training and career opportunities.
National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework
The number of cybersecurity-related jobs outpaces the number of people qualified to fill them, and that demand is growing rapidly. DHS is working with our Nation’s private industry, academia and government to develop and maintain an unrivaled, globally competitive cyber workforce.
The National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework is the foundation for increasing the size and capability of the U.S. cybersecurity workforce. It provides a common definition of cybersecurity, a comprehensive list of cybersecurity tasks, and the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform those tasks. By using the Framework:
- Educators can create programs that are aligned to jobs;
- Students can graduate with knowledge and skills that employers need;
- Employers can recruit from a larger pool of more qualified candidates;
- Employees will have portable skills and better defined career paths and opportunities; and
- Policy makers can set standards to promote workforce professionalization.