Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) - Entry to Experienced Level

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755
NSA is in search of analysts with a computer science background to solve complex problems, test innovative approaches and research new solutions. We are looking for you to apply your computer science expertise to develop cryptanalytic capabilities and techniques to exploit cryptographic systems. Help protect national security interests as part of the world's most advanced team of computer science and cryptanalytic professionals!",

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

The NSA must maintain and develop a highly talented and diverse workforce. The CADP is a three-year development program. Participants participate in five (5) tours of duty in cryptanalytic offices, attend six (6) required courses, and choose at least three (3) elective courses.

Program participants complete the CADP and are then placed in a technical mission office to use their cryptanalytic skills.

Applicants are required to take an unproctored test which measures cognitive ability and motivation. Applicants will receive a link in a separate email with further instructions. Please be sure to complete the assessment promptly, as this information is used to make interview decisions. If you do not receive a link within three (3) business days after applying to this position, please contact 1-844-IC-HIRES (1-844-424-4737).

Please Note: A copy of unofficial transcripts for all college courses must be submitted with the application in order for the application to be considered.

Description of Position

The NSA/CSS Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) is designed to produce professional cryptanalysts through an intensive, structured program of formal training courses and diverse work assignments.

Cryptanalysts at the NSA monitor and detect problems in data flow or collection to ensure collection quality. They analyze garbled intercepts by using processing skills and techniques, conduct analysis of signals and/or cryptographic data, and use that knowledge to diagnose and exploit encrypted material. They also debug and test software programs.

The selected individual will work in a dynamic environment with duties that can include the following:

- Analyzing data of various types
- Formulating questions and hypotheses about the data
- Testing hypotheses, usually via computer programs
- Drawing conclusions from test results


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Cryptanalysis Development Program (CADP) - Entry to Experienced Level

The National Security Agency
Fort Meade, MD 20755

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