Entry-Level Cyber Security Specialist (Public Sector)

IBM, Washington, D.C.

The Leading Cognitive & Cloud Computing Company

IBM is now hiring Entry-level Cyber Security Specialist. 

We live in a moment of remarkable change and opportunity and IBM is looking for exceptionally motivated individuals like you to help. The convergence of data and technology in the areas of cloud, cognitive, digital, social, and mobile is transforming industries, societies, and professions. IBM Global Business Services is part of this transformation and just the place to define your career within business consulting. Come and join us as we take advantage of these exciting times and discover what you can make of this moment and stake your place in the world of technology.
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You will collaborate with others.
Your ideas are brought to life.
Your ideas can help change the world.
Your thoughts can become reality.
You are helping to revolutionize computing.

At IBM Global Business Services - Public Services Sector, we serve government, education, and state and local clients through our Digital, Cloud Applications Innovation, and Enterprise Applications service lines. Through cutting edge service offerings, we deliver real business value by:

Bringing together the world’s largest consulting practice with industry-leading research capability.
Enriching business consulting with advanced research, analytics, and technology.
Teaming on all phases of engagement to plan, build, and implement advanced business solutions.
Establishing new, flexible, and iterative approaches that only IBM can offer through our unique combination of skills, experience, and capabilities.
Leveraging the proven roadmaps and frameworks we have developed across our 18 industries.
Applying IBM's global expertise and local capabilities through our unique global delivery network combined with our teams in over 170 countries.
Providing our clients with an integrated approach to business design and execution, turning strategies into actions.
These strengths applied to business issues and opportunities give our clients not only the ability to anticipate change, but also take advantage of new possibilities in technology. Join us and become a part of our team as we move our clients from excellence to preeminence in their industry.

What will you do as an IBM GBS Entry-level Cyber Security Specialist?
As an Entry-level Cyber Security Specialist, you will have the opportunity to join Consulting by Degrees (CbD) - our world-class leadership development program designed to groom top talent entry-level consultants into tomorrow’s leaders. As a Cyber Security Specialist, you will work with a team of skilled and dedicated security specialists to design, develop and integrate solutions using best practice technologies, tools, techniques and products to defend against web-based or electronic attacks, and protect complex networks and applications targeted at our critical clients. Projects you could be working on relate to Cloud management services, Internet of Things, Mobile development and testing, and enterprise application development and maintenance.

As a CbDer you will be supported by program managers, peer buddies, project managers, and extensive in-person training. Each CbDer is aligned to a practice where they develop subject matter expertise in one or more industries as they work on multiple projects during the two-year program. CbDers receive a collaborative, challenging, and transformative experience that will help make you tomorrow’s leader.

What do we look for in a successful IBM GBS Entry-level Cyber Security Specialist?
A minimum GPA of 3.2 is a preferred qualification of this position, plus work experience through internships, project work, hands-on lab experience in a cyber-related role (security engineering/ software development/ block chain/ encryption solutions, etc.).
Familiarity with network design, network security, authentication, authorization techniques, and encryption protocols and standards.
Interest in working within public sector (i.e., Federal Government, State & Local Government, Defense, Healthcare, Education).
Foundation in technical knowledge of security engineering, computer and network security, authentication, security protocols and applied cryptography.
Experience with Cybersecurity tools such as log analysis, threat modeling, predictive analytics, machine learning, anomaly detection, data loss prevention (DLP), intrusion detection systems (IDS) and signature development.
Familiarity with tools such as Nessus, Splunk, Tripwire, Tenable Security Center, Hadoop, McAfee ePO, IBM BigFix, IBM Maas 360, IBM QRadar, IBM Guardium, IBM App Scan.
Interest and familiarity with Blockchain, Penetration Testing, Cyber Analytics, and/ or Cognitive Cyber.
Attainment of Security & Data Privacy certification, (CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, Security+; CSX
Experience and/or course work in front-end web and mobile technology development, or multiple Java application frameworks is highly desired.
Ability to translate security requirements into business solutions
Ability to analyze anomalies in security monitoring tools, and work with team in identification, investigation, and resolution of security events and incidents

Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited 4-year institution coupled with internship/work and/or project experience which will provide the analytical and technical acumen that translates to an entry level consulting role.
Preferred Degree/Majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Management Information Systems Computer Information Systems, Intelligence Analysis or Security and Risk Analysis with a discipline or course work in Cyber security.


United States

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IBM Business Group


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Secondary Job Category

Other Consultant

Role ( Job Role )

Business Transformation Consultant

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New Collar Role


Required Technical and Professional Expertise

  • High School Diploma
  • Willingness and ability to travel up to 4 days a week (home on weekends – based on project requirements)
  • Reside within a reasonable commuting distance (generally 50 miles or less) of Washington, DC

Preferred Technical and Professional Experience

  • None

Eligibility Requirements

  • Readiness to travel up to 4 days a week (home on weekends)
  • Relocation to the Washington DC metropolitan area
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance, if needed

Required Education

High School Diploma/GED

Preferred Education

Bachelor's Degree

Early Professional Track


Position Type

Early Professional

Travel Required

Up to 75% or 4 days a week (home on weekends - based on project requirements)

Is this role a commissionable/sales incentive based position?



Required qualifications:
• Willingness and ability to travel 4 days a week (home on weekends – based on project requirements) but up to 100% travel if business and client needs require
• Relocation to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area 

• U.S. Citizenship
• Ability to obtain a security clearance, if needed

Preferred qualifications:
• Knowledge in Network Design and Security, Web or Custom Application Development, Mobile Development, Software Engineering, Identity and Authentication Technology.
• Exposure to software tools such as Java, Python, C/C++, Java, Ruby, GO, Golang or bash, C#; Sharepoint; Software code Testing and Test Automation is helpful.
• Familiarity with network security tools for vulnerability scanning, network monitoring, network sniffing, routers, firewalls, Intrusion detection and protection, anomaly detection and encryption standards.

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IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

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