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Information Systems Technician (IT)



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General Description

Information Systems Technicians (IT) perform the following core and specialty functions: Information Systems (IS) Administration (i.e., build, configure, deploy, operate, maintain networks and information systems and perform tiered customer service support); Cybersecurity (i.e., plan, manage, secure, implement security controls to protect and defend networks to include IS across platforms, fleets, and services); Communications Operations (i.e., establish, monitor, and maintain Radio Frequency (RF) communications systems, perform spectrum management to support Joint, Fleet, and tactical communications and handle, store, transmit, and retrieve Naval messages); Communications Security (COMSEC) (i.e., secure, handle, account for, report, and control COMSEC materials, systems, and equipment).

What They Do
The duties performed by ITs include:

·         Provide end users tiered-level customer support by coordinating software, hardware, and networks; install, configure, troubleshoot, and provide maintenance and training.

·         Manage and secure commercial network Operating Systems (OS) within the functional areas of configuration, systems, and performance management

·         Identify vulnerabilities and perform corrective actions to ensure system confidentiality, integrity, and availability

·         Verify that appropriate security tests are conducted and documented, ensuring accreditation support documentation is developed and maintained; ensure that each information system meets security specifications to an acceptable level of risk.

·         Acquire, monitor, and maintain an organization’s COMSEC allowance; ensure proper storage and adequate physical security for all COMSEC material held within an account; operate and maintain the Management Client/Advanced Key Processor (MGC/AKP) to manage  material, and support local key generation, encryption, decryption, and destruction.

·         Configure hardware and applications to interface with defended networks and Information Systems (IS) in support of Defensive Cyberspace Operations (DCO) on the Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN)

·         Utilize incident reporting procedures to investigate, analyze, and respond to disruptions within the pertinent domain to mitigate immediate and potential threats

·         Conduct threat and vulnerability assessments and determine deviations from acceptable configurations or policies. Assesses the level of risk and develops and/or recommends appropriate mitigation countermeasures in operational and non-operational situations.

·         Perform messaging, system monitoring, fault isolation, and circuit restoration of communications suites across the frequency spectrum

Working Environment
Information Systems Technicians usually work in a clean, air-conditioned electronic equipment space or computer room, and frequently perform their work as part of a team, but may work on individual projects.  Their work is mostly mental analysis and problem solving.  USN ITs are stationed primarily aboard USN deploying ships, FTS ITs are stationed aboard Naval Reserve Force (NRF) ships that deploy or conduct local operations.

Rating Entry Requirements

  • Conversion checklist

  • There are multiple avenues to qualify for IT
    • IT/SG (4YO):
      • AR+MK+EI+VE ≥ 212

      • VE+MK+GS ≥ 156

      • CT+MK+VE ≥ 156 AND CT>=60

    • IT/ATF (6YO):
      • VE+AR+MK+GS ≥ 214

      • VE+MK+GS ≥ 156

      • CT+MK+VE ≥ 156 AND CT>=60

  • Must have normal color perception

  • Must have normal hearing
    Notes: Normal hearing required. Frequencies: 3000hz 4000hz 5000hz 6000hz Average hearing threshold level in these four frequencies must be less than 30db, with no level greater than 45db in any one frequency. If hearing level exceeds these limits, the applicant is enlistment ineligible for the rating.

  • Must have no speech impediment

  • SSBI required

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

Contact Information
IT TECHAD: (901) 874-2917

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