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ACD Sensor Technician

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Company Overview

Dependable Global Solutions (DGS), a Security and Intelligence Firm, was founded in September 2004 as a privately held small business. DGS’ principle belief is that security is not a singular endeavor. Our clients require the ability to recognize, plan for, and mitigate risk in all of its various forms.

DGS specializes in IT security, mission assurance, and intelligence operations and analysis. We build, manage, and enhance our client’s ability to identify and deal with threats and attacks in near real-time


Job Summary

DGS is currently seeking a talented ACD Sensor Technician to support the 33rd Network Warfare Squadron (NWS) Computer Response Team located at the Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

The 33rd NWS is the US Air Force’s principal (and sole) network defense element within the Air Force Network Operations Center. Being an active part of this unit means monitoring, securing, and protecting Air Force and Central Command global networks, ensuring network integrity, reliability, availability, confidentiality and responding to hostile network threats and attacks.


Responsibilities and Duties

Sensor Technical services are performed on-site in the Mission Assurance Operations (MAO) flight 24-hours a day (24/7/365).

ACD Sensor Technical Services candidate will:

  • Perform ACD Sensor Technical services supporting mission networks that are under the operational direction of the 33 NWS Maintenance Directorate, currently in the MAO Flight (Operation Support Tech section)
  • Install, configure and manage Third Party IDS/IPS sensors in addition to troubleshooting, maintaining, monitoring the status of the entire ACD and Third-Party IDS/IPS sensor fleet.
  • Functions include performance on IOP gateway and Fly Away Kits (FAK) sensors, Cloud Shield, Palo Alto, McAfee IDS/IPS deployments, Full Packet Capture/Network Technology and Systems Administration (FPC/NTSA) systems, ArcSight and sensor fleet specialized applications (such as Fidelis), emerging IDS/IPS technologies and associated network infrastructure [Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA)/Virtual Private Network (VPN) concentrator], equipment/configurations and other Gateway, boundary and Third Party sensors
  • Sustain the development and documentation of processes and checklists for maintenance associated with those systems
  • Be trained, and certified by internal Quality Assurance Evaluator (QAE) personnel IAW 33 NWS QA processes
  • Maintain its respective certifications IAW QA processes for maintenance functions
  • Incorporate approved 33 NWS vendor trouble ticketing procedures (internal and external) for completion of ACD Sensor Tech taskings
  • Maintain and manage software upgrades and patches and perform system changes for the IDS/IPS sensors ensuring proper configuration to Defense Information Systems Agency Security Technical Implementation Guide (DISA (STIG)) and AF (AFI and TO) standards to minimize the potential of unauthorized intrusions
  • Deploy to any DoD network gateway, boundary or third-party location with the necessary equipment to install IDS/IPS sensor(s), servers and network infrastructure hardware. Conduct the daily private key management
  • Deploy additional new string matches and alerts to all deployed IDS/IPS sensors in support of 33 NWS mission requirements 
  • Deploy correlation rule sets base boundary (aka enclave control node, ECN) to correctly identify and process system alerts in support of 33 NWS mission requirements.
  • Filter or "omit” sensor traffic
  • Alert reporting activity does not need to be reviewed in a "real-time" operation by the 33 NWS analysts
  • Monitor the effectiveness of the IDS/IPS sensor’s ability to collect and report suspicious network activity on AF networks
  • Diagnostic testing and troubleshooting either remotely from the 33 NWS or through a local System Administration having direct access to the IDS/IPS sensor.
  • Respond to inoperable systems is immediate
  • Troubleshooting and fault isolation to sustain network connectivity between the correlators and sensor equipment, maintain COTS and GOTS sensor applications, harden Access Control Lists (ACL) to restrict unauthorized access to network, create and manage sensor user accounts, and assign the user specific rights to access network resources
  • Work with AF field units to resolve network issues and perform actions necessary to ensure IDS/IPS sensors are collecting and reporting network activity
  • Diagnose and resolve end user problems, and ensure the end users adhere to the proper security policies and procedures

Clearance Required

  • Active Top-Secret Clearance SCI

Education and Required Skills

  • 3 years’ experience with ACD Sensor Technical services
  • High School Degree or GED
  • IAT Level I IS & CND (CompTIA Security+ CE, GSEC, SSCP, or CCNA-Sec) required 
  • 20% Travel required
  • Active Top-Secret Clearance SCI 


DGS Benefits

At DGS, we understand that our employees are our most valuable resource. That’s why we offer competitive compensation packages and a supportive environment with good work-life balance. In addition, we provide opportunities for growth and development so that our employees can continually develop their competencies, skills, and talents, and pursue advancement opportunities. When you join the DGS Team you receive - Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Short Term & Long-Term Disability, Flexible Spending Account, 401k Retirement Savings Plan with Company Match, Employee Assistance Program, Tuition and Professional Development Assistance, 529 College Savings Plan.

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