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Information Assurance (IA) Development Programs

Both new NSA hires and longer-term employees can expand their skills with IA development programs - just one benefit of working in the IA field at NSA.

Information Assurance Directorate Development Program (IADDP)

The Information Assurance (IA) discipline offers exciting opportunities for you to defend our Nation's Information Systems and war fighters. Through specialized training, focused rotational tours, and mission expertise, you will boost your career in one of three different paths: Technical, Analytical or Practitioner.

The program begins in September each year with a three-year duration. A service obligation agreement is required.

Cyber Defense Development Program (CDDP)

Sharpen your network operations, analysis, and incident response skill sets through intense study in Information Assurance - Cyber Network Defense (CND) mission areas.

Through specialized training, focused rotational tours and program experiences, you will master the skills needed to defend our Nation and advance your career in one of three different concentration areas.

The program begins in September each year with two and three-year duration options available, depending on qualifications. A service obligation agreement is required.

Security Engineering Enrichment & Development (SEED) Program

The SEED Program is a three-year Information System Security Engineering (ISSE) Development Program with one goal: make you an ISSE expert. With certification in ISSE, hands-on-training, and a network of ISSEs available for collaboration, you graduate from this program as one of the NSA's premier ISSE professionals.

In addition to completing tours in the ISSE fields, participants will earn an ISSE Certificate from the Naval Postgraduate School and certification through the Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program (IAWIP).

Upon graduation of the program, participants are required to serve in their host organization for three years. For specific entry and graduation requirements and SEED formal training, please view the SEED Intern Development Program Brochure.

System and Network Interdisciplinary Program (SNIP)

The SNIP is a three-year program part of the Computer Network Operations Development Program (CNODP) where interns are trained in the technical areas of Computer Network Operations (CNO). Graduates of the program become invaluable to NSA/CSS as the solution to universal CNO problems and specialists in one of the core disciplines of network, hardware and software protection and exploitation.

The SNIP is designed to accept select participants that appear to have the proper mix of the following characteristics:

  • Technical skills
  • Problem solving ability
  • Teaming skills
  • Good work ethic
  • Good interpersonal skills

Graduates of the program are required to find their final job placement in an organization with a CNO-related mission. For specific entry and graduation requirements and details regarding the SNIP core training, please view the SNIP Intern Development Program Brochure.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: May 29, 2014 | Last Reviewed: May 29, 2014