Interested in a career that presents different challenges and new opportunities every day? Are you addicted to collaboration and interested in delivering up solutions on the cutting edge? Meet your next career opportunity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
“It’s a privilege to work at CISA,” said Alex Joves, regional director, CISA region 5. “We are the nations newest and youngest federal agency, and it’s really exciting.”
Joves is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and the George Washington University Law School. “My career has really been a hybrid career,” said Joves. “I’ve been both in the field and operational, and also at headquarters doing a lot of program management positions.”
That diversity of experiences is one of the hallmarks of a career with CISA and a common thread in conversations, particularly with leadership. Because of the importance of partnerships within the organization, many of CISA’s employees have diverse experiences ranging from first responder to Peace Corps officer.
If working at the government’s newest agency sounds like an ideal career, how should candidate’s stand out? Joves offers some tips.
“I always think of the three c’s – one is competency, two is communication, and three is collaboration,” said Joves. “For competency, across our mission sets – whether it’s cybersecurity, physical security, emergency communication, risk management analysis – you need to be competent. Second, communication: We have protective security advisors who focus on physical security and one of their most asked for services is active shooter and active threat training. They need to be able to communicate across a wide spectrum of audiences and be effective. The last is collaboration. At CISA, there’s nothing that we do on our own, everything is a partnership, everything’s collaborative, that’s when we do our best work. it’s very important to realize that critical infrastructure is diverse, so with that in mind it’s important to build a diverse workforce. That’s because we can look at our diverse set of critical infrastructure and give us that problem set or solution.”
Even in the COVID-19 pandemic, diversity within its workforce has enabled CISA to present a variety of solutions to the problems presented. As a young agency with a diverse portfolio, CISA is looking for a diverse range of professionals and a variety of skillsets to help it accomplish its mission of protecting the U.S. from cybersecurity and infrastructure threats.
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