CISA Security Control Assessor

This role conducts independent comprehensive assessments of the management, operational, and technical security controls and control enhancements employed within or inherited by an information technology (IT) system to determine the overall effectiveness of the controls (as defined in NIST SP 800-37).

Personnel performing this work role may unofficially or alternatively be called:

  • Information Assurance (IA) Compliance Analyst
  • Information Assurance (IA) Auditor
  • Certifying Agent/Authority
  • System Certifier
  • Controls Validator 
  • IT Auditor
  • Assessor

Category: Securely Provision
Specialty Area: Risk Management


Core Tasks

  • Develop methods to monitor and measure risk, compliance, and assurance efforts. (T0072)
  • Develop specifications to ensure risk, compliance, and assurance efforts conform with security, resilience, and dependability requirements at the software application, system, and network environment level. (T0079)
  • Draft statements of preliminary or residual security risks for system operation. (T0083)
  • Maintain information systems assurance and accreditation materials. (T0141)
  • Monitor and evaluate a system's compliance with information technology (IT) security, resilience, and dependability requirements. (T0150)
  • Assess the effectiveness of security controls. (T0309)
  • Perform security reviews, identify gaps in security architecture, and develop a security risk management plan. (T0177)
  • Perform security reviews and identify security gaps in security architecture resulting in recommendations for inclusion in the risk mitigation strategy. (T0178)
  • Perform risk analysis (e.g., threat, vulnerability, and probability of occurrence) whenever an application or system undergoes a major change. (T0181)
  • Plan and conduct security authorization reviews and assurance case development for initial installation of systems and networks. (T0184)
  • Verify that application software/network/system security postures are implemented as stated, document deviations, and recommend required actions to correct those deviations. (T0244)

Core Competencies

  • Information Assurance
  • Information Systems/Network Security
  • Information Technology Assessment
  • Legal, Government, and Jurisprudence
  • Risk Management
  • Systems Testing and Evaluation
  • Vulnerability Assessment

Core Knowledge, Skills, Abilities (KSAs)

  • Knowledge of current industry methods for evaluating, implementing, and disseminating information technology (IT) security assessment, monitoring, detection, and remediation tools and procedures utilizing standards-based concepts and capabilities. (K0054)
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity principles and organizational requirements (relevant to confidentiality, integrity, availability, authentication, non-repudiation). (K0044)
  • Knowledge of cybersecurity principles used to manage risks related to the use, processing, storage, and transmission of information or data. (K0038)
  • Knowledge of the Security Assessment and Authorization process. (K0037)
  • Knowledge of information technology (IT) security principles and methods (e.g., firewalls, demilitarized zones, encryption). (K0049)
  • Knowledge of network security architecture concepts including topology, protocols, components, and principles (e.g., application of defense-in-depth). (K0179)
  • Skill in discerning the protection needs (i.e., security controls) of information systems and networks. (S0034)
  • Skill in determining how a security system should work (including its resilience and dependability capabilities) and how changes in conditions, operations, or the environment will affect these outcomes. (S0027)
  • Knowledge of relevant laws, policies, procedures, or governance related to critical infrastructure. (K0267)
  • Knowledge of Risk Management Framework (RMF) requirements. (K0048)
  • Knowledge of organization's evaluation and validation requirements. (K0028)
  • Knowledge of cyber defense and vulnerability assessment tools, including open source tools, and their capabilities. (K0013)
  • Knowledge of known vulnerabilities from alerts, advisories, errata, and bulletins. (K0040)
  • Knowledge of penetration testing principles, tools, and techniques. (K0342)
  • Knowledge of system and application security threats and vulnerabilities (e.g., buffer overflow, mobile code, cross-site scripting, Procedural Language/Structured Query Language [PL/SQL] and injections, race conditions, covert channel, replay, return-oriented attacks, malicious code). (K0070)

How to Apply

To apply for this work role, submit an application to one or more of CISA's vacancy announcements. Please ensure your resume has been updated to reflect your demonstrated experience performing the above tasks and describe your exposure to the listed competencies.

  1. Assign the appropriate Task ID and/or Core KSA ID to each experience statement in your resume. Task and KSA IDs are listed in parenthesis at the end of each bullet above.
  2. You must also include demonstrated experience on the four required competencies:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Customer Service
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving

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