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  1. Who works at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS)?
  2. How do I become an NSA employee?
  3. My company can help NSA. How can I get a contract?
  4. Can NSA/CSS help my company test its systems for security or protect its information?

1. Who works at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS)?

The NSA/CSS workforce comprises civilian employees and military service members-Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. A diverse array of professionals is represented including: mathematicians, civil engineers, electrical engineers, intelligence analysts, language analysts, physicists, computer scientists, researchers, security officers, data flow experts, budget analysts, contract specialists, finance managers, and many more.

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2. How do I become an NSA employee?

As one of the nation's premiere intelligence agencies, NSA offers unique and challenging employment opportunities. Because we protect some of our nation's most coveted information while exploiting that of our adversaries, each NSA employee must be a loyal, trustworthy U.S. citizen and must qualify for a TOP SECRET clearance. For more about careers and the hiring process, visit the careers section of our web site and check out full-time employment opportunities or one of the many scholarship, internship, or high school work/study programs. Once you find something that fits your interests and qualifications, you can apply on line.

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3. My company can help NSA. How can I get a contract?

First register with the NSA Acquisition Resource Center (ARC) at www.nsaarc.net to highlight your company's capabilities and identify points of contact. To be awarded contracts, current and potential vendors must also register in the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) System, the primary vendor database for the Department of Defense, NASA, Department of Transportation, and Treasury Department at www.ccr.gov. The CCR collects, validates, stores, and disseminates data in support of NSA missions.

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4. Can NSA/CSS help my company test its systems for security or protect its information?

As part of our Information Assurance mission, NSA provides guidance, products, and services to protect classified and unclassified national security systems against exploitation from interception, unauthorized access, or related technical intelligence threats. If your company provides support to defense or national security, you may qualify for assistance. Check the Information Assurance section of our web site for more information.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jan 14, 2011 | Last Reviewed: Jan 14, 2011

 
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