Counterintelligence Analyst

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A recent worldwide threat assessment report by U.S. Intelligence Officials that discussed the top risks to national security stated that cybersecurity is still the greatest threat in this country and that cyber campaigns conducted by foreign state-sponsored hackers are significant. The Counterintelligence Analyst helps to counteract these threats by applying his knowledge of cybersecurity, counterintelligence, and information assurance to provide risk mitigation programs at the enterprise level.

A Counterintelligence Analyst develops and uses assessment methodologies to identify risks and to recommend countermeasures. Using appropriate IT tools, analytic methodologies, and tradecraft, he/she will assess threat events, develop conclusions, and make recommendations that are presented in written reports.

It is important for a Counterintelligence Analyst to be able to identify and characterize threat actors and to be able to work with an extensive range of Cyberspace-related products and services. Because of the international scope of cybersecurity threats, the Analyst must be able to analyze foreign and non-state intelligence entities’ technological capabilities and technical attack methods. The Analyst must also be able to asses information and information systems, personnel, and operations, and participate in security education programs and briefings.

General Educational Requirements

A Bachelor’s Degree generally is the minimum educational requirement for the position of Counterintelligence Analyst. Many employers require a Master’s Degree in information security or a related field.  Previous experience in the field is desired by most employers, and industry certifications and a government security clearance are almost always required for this position.

Additional Qualifications

It is very important for a Counterintelligence Analyst to be able to work as a member of a team and to demonstrate an understanding of the intelligence cycle and architecture including planning, collection, research, analysis, and production. He/she also must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing to prepare and deliver briefings to senior leadership. It is helpful for the Counterintelligence to have previous counterintelligence experience, an advanced knowledge of counterintelligence operations, knowledge of investigative procedures, and demonstrated strong knowledge of computer forensics.

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