Policy Analyst



The position supports the Department of State, Diplomatic Security, Directorate of Cyber and Technology Security.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
  • Research, recommend, develop, maintain, and update domestic and overseas cybersecurity policies, to include use of new and emerging technology (e.g. WiFi, cloud, mobile devices), software, hardware, and other IT-related systems (e.g. VoIP, Building Automation Systems).
  • Lead efforts for updating DOS and Overseas Security Policy Board (OSPB) cybersecurity policies to address cloud technology adoption
  • Examine incoming requests for exceptions to policy and draft recommended decision memorandum to include requisite mitigation strategies
  • Coordinate clearances of all draft cybersecurity policies and memorandum with DoS stakeholders
  • Participate in intra-agency policy working groups (e.g. WiFi) and provide cybersecurity policy subject matter expertise
  • Provide support for the review and coordination for National level classified and unclassified cyber and communications security policies and guidelines
  • Respond to cables, memos, emails and phone inquiries regarding security policies and standards
  • Help maintain the contents of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) web page and web portal website
  • Maintain databases for tracking incoming and outgoing policy documents, policy inquiries, exception requests
  • Provide status reports as required. Prepare contract deliverables to include Trend Analysis reports, Quarterly Status Reports, etc.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in IT or related field with 4+ years of work experience or MA in the same fields combined with 3+ years of work experience
  • Experience in researching, developing, writing, and editing cybersecurity policies, best practices, standards, processes and procedures
  • Experience in research and analysis of information system issues and trends, and research and development in a technical discipline/field
  • Knowledge of, and experience drafting policy for, new technology, specifically cloud computing environments, cloud adoption, data classification,
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; strong organizational skills; research, analysis, and writing skills
  • Strong customer service and interpersonal skills to effectively relate to agency and customer needs; ability to build working relationships with leaders and key stakeholders
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Some experience with the creation of IT security requirements, technical security safeguards, countermeasures, risk management, contingency planning, and data communications networking
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; ability to take initiative with minimal direction and to solve problems
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, current Federal security standards (e.g., FISMA/NIST, DOD, and CNSS) and cloud security standards
  • Familiarity with the Department of State’s mission is preferred and work with global policies is preferred
  • CISSP and cloud certification (e.g. AWS, CCSP), are preferred
Preferred Qualifications
  • Familiarity with the Department of State’s mission is preferred and work with global policies is preferred.
  • Security certifications such as ISC2: CCSP, CAP, SSCP, or CompTIA certifications such as: Security+ preferred.
  • CISSP is preferred.

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