Central Intelligence Agency, Washington D.C.

Digital Forensics Engineer

As a Digital Forensic Engineer (DFE) for the CIA, you will focus on the Agency’s toughest technology challenges and cyber threats. DFEs are energetic and enthusiastic computer or engineering professional who enjoys tackling hard challenges, are obsessed with learning about the newest technologies as they emerge, and love it when no two days of work are ever the same.

A day in the life of a DFE can range from: analyzing data from an ongoing sophisticated cyber-attack, to providing time critical information to policy makers on threat mitigations for the newest zero day, or researching and understanding new file formats, mobile devices, and storage devices. This requires a fundamental understanding of technology at its lowest levels. You will scientifically research, collect, process, analyze and present findings in support of data recovery, and assessing and identifying malicious behaviors within digital datasets. DFEs also write scripts/code to help develop new information recovery techniques and threat identification methods. While you will be expected to perform analysis in such a way as to maintain the integrity and objectivity of the forensic process, exhibiting innovation and creativity in problem solving strategies is highly encouraged.


The Directorate of Digital Innovation (DDI) is at the forefront of defining the future of digital expertise within the CIA. DDI focuses on developing the workforce with cutting-edge skills, investing in IT infrastructure, and modernizing the way the Agency does business. DDI officers help accelerate the integration of innovative methods and tools to enhance the CIA’s cyber and digital capabilities on a global scale and ultimately help safeguard our nation. Learn more about the Directorate of Digital Innovation.

US citizenship required (dual-national US citizens eligible). All positions require relocation to the Washington, DC metro area.

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Applied Mathematics
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale
  • Innovative and creative
  • Problem solving skills
  • Strong initiative
  • Ability to write script/code
  • A thorough medical and psychological exam
  • A polygraph interview
  • A comprehensive background investigation

To be considered suitable for Agency employment, applicants must generally not have used illegal drugs within the last 12 months. The issue of illegal drug use prior to 12 months ago is carefully evaluated during the medical and security processing.

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