Strategic Cyber Threat Assessor

Strategic Cyber Threat Assessor

Reference number: 47601-CSE(OC)2019                                                   Closing Date: 2020-03-31           

All jobs are located in Ottawa, Ontario.


Job Summary:

*The big picture*

One of CSE’s roles is to provide the Government of Canada with assessments of cybersecurity threats from around the world. These assessments help the federal government make the right decisions to protect Canada’s information systems and safeguard Canada’s interests at home and abroad.


*What an assessor does*

Assessors synthesize qualitative and quantitative information from a large variety of sources, create original insight, and communicate in written, verbal and graphical forms. They maintain and develop knowledge of information technologies and social science domains related to cybersecurity, including geopolitics. They scour available information sources and identify the most trusted and useful. They develop networks of experts with whom they consult. They are assessment experts who are equally trusted by technical experts and policy-makers and help those worlds understand one another.


*What’s in it for you?*

Are you intrigued yet? Here are some more reasons why you should consider applying for a Strategic Cyber Threat Assessor position:

  •  You will have opportunities to be a pioneer of ideas in an emerging field
  •  You will have opportunities to develop your strengths and learn new skills.
  •  The work you do will make a difference and support Canada’s national security
  •  You will enjoy a unique perspective on world affairs, seeing the story behind the news or even witnessing developments as they happen.


Position Type:

Term and indeterminate positions can be staffed from this competition.  Term and indeterminate positions have a one (1) year probation period.


Salary Range:

UNI-07 level:  $78,001 - $91,764 per year

UNI-08 level:  $83,250 - $97,972 per year

Salary is currently under review.


Position Requirements:


  • A University degree (preference may be given to those with a post-graduate degree).



  • Experience in information systems or cybersecurity issues, and a willingness to learn more about computers, networks and telecommunications.
  • Experience in international affairs (e.g., international relations, strategic studies, international development, area studies) and a willingness to learn more about Canada’s national interests and international relationships.
  • Experience in social science domains (e.g., economics, sociology, psychology, business) and a willingness to use social science to understand cybersecurity.
  • Experience in analysing qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Experience in writing.
  • Experience in working in a team environment. 
  • “Experience in” can be demonstrated through coursework, writing, presentations, or other investment of your time in the domain.


Language Requirements:

Various Language Requirements


Who Can Apply:

Canadian citizens who qualify for a Top Secret security clearance; conforming to CSE’s standards.


Security Requirements:

Candidates must have no criminal record. The screening process involves a security interview, a polygraph test, a psychological assessment, and a background investigation covering a minimum of your last 10 years history, including credit and financial verifications.


How to Apply:

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the selection process.

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy online by clicking “APPLY” at the bottom of the page.



CSE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups. CSE offers an assessment process which will accommodate the needs of persons with disabilities. If you may need such accommodation, please advise us.

CSE is a separate organization and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). The organization has its own values-based staffing regime and as such, has the flexibility to determine qualifications for positions and how these qualifications will be assessed in a selection process.

The entire selection process – tests, interviews, security investigation – may take more than one year.

You can request that the process be conducted in the official language of your choice.

Overtime and standby duty may be required.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSE. However, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.