With its increased emphasis on Internet crime it might come as small surprise the FBI is now looking to bulk –up its cyber agent workforce.
The agency in a job posting that is open until Jan. 20 said it has “many vacancies” for cyber special agents to investigate all manner of cyber crimes from website hacks and data theft to botnets and denial of service attacks.
To keep pace with the evolving threat, the Bureau is appealing to experienced and certified cyber experts to consider joining the FBI to apply their well-honed tradecraft as cyber special agents, the agency stated.
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Key requirements to be a special agent include passing a rigorous background check and fitness test. Agents must be at least 23 and no older than 37. Prospective cyber special agents are expected to meet the same threshold as special agents, but also have a wealth of experience in computers and technology. Preferred backgrounds include computer programming and security, database administration, malware analysis, digital forensics, and even ethical hacking. An extensive list of sought-after backgrounds and certifications can be seen on the job posting, the FBI noted.
“The FBI seeks highly talented, technically trained individuals who are motivated by the FBI’s mission to protect our nation and the American people from the rapidly evolving cyber threat,” said Robert Anderson, Jr., executive assistant director for the Bureau’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch. “What we want are people who are going to come and be part of a team that is working different very complex types of investigations and to utilize their skillsets in that team environment.”
From the job posting: As a Special Agent (Cyber), you may be asked to use your skills to:
- Conduct multi-faceted investigations of high-tech crimes, including cyber-based terrorism, computer intrusions, online exploitation, and major cyber fraud schemes
- Identify and investigate individuals or groups involved in Foreign Intelligence activities, terrorist groups/threats and criminal organizations
- Locate and extract evidence concealed within computers or computer networks
- Cultivate sources and work with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in order to address investigative priorities
- Counteract operations that target national security and U.S. intellectual property to prevent potentially disabling attacks on the nation’s physical, economic and electronic infrastructure, i.e. banks, water and food supply, etc.
- Lead on-going efforts to dismantle national and transnational criminal organizations engaged in online fraud and other cyber crimes
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