About the Agency
This Vacancy is using the Direct-Hire authority to recruit for positions for which there is a critical hiring need. Using the Office of Personnel Management’s approved government-wide direct hire authorities, agencies may appoint candidates directly to jobs, without regard to the provision of Title 5 U.S.C 3309 through 3318, for which OPM determines that there is a severe shortage of candidates or a critical hiring need.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.
The Chief Information Officer (CIO) is the principal advisor to the Under Secretary and Director on the application of information technology (IT) to support and improve the Agency’s business processes. The OPG provides the management and oversight of enterprise Information Technology (IT) strategies, guidance, policies, and agency-wide cybersecurity.
The Security Authorizations Branch provides services which support implementation and continuous monitoring for compliance with IT security policies, Federal Information Processing Standards, and requirements for all information technology used in support of the USPTO. The branch performs security authorization and artifact documentation, security assessment, independent verification and validation (IV&V), continuous monitoring for system changes and vulnerability and compliance scanning, FISMA compliance oversight and reporting, federal system IT security facilitation, contractor system IT security oversight and compliance monitoring, IT security audit support, penetration testing, and IT security awareness training.
This position serves as an authoritative expert IT Specialist with particular technical expertise in the IT Security functional specialty.
Defines and designs a technical security architecture that meet the USPTO’s current and future business processes, data, application portfolio and technical landscape.
Defines and ensures adherence to security standards and architectures consistent and compliant with Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) law and ational Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) standards for use by stakeholders.
Consults on the implementation and testing of security systems as it impacts the security architecture from a networking, dataflow and application perspective.
Identifies weaknesses in existing and proposes architectural designs; researches and evaluates network and security technologies; develops recommendations for security solutions.
Stays current on the latest industry and emerging technologies, reference architectures, patterns, trends and strategies.