Cyber Threat Assessor (UNI-07 and UNI-08)

EMPLOYER: Communications Security Establishment (CSE)


Reference number: RF-5551
Closing Date: 2022-03-31

About the Job

Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is Canada's national cryptologic agency. Unique within Canada's security and intelligence community, we employ code-makers, codebreakers, and secure system creators to provide the Government of Canada with foreign signals intelligence (SIGINT), as well as cyber security services (Canadian Centre for Cyber Security). CSE is the national hub for cyber operations to defend Canada and advance national interests. We provide technical and operational assistance to federal law enforcement and security agencies.

We are looking for passionate people from a diverse range of backgrounds who will thrive working in an open-minded environment and value the different perspectives of others.

Cyber Threat 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 policymakers and who help those worlds understand one another.

What’s in it for you? As a Cyber Threat Assessor you will:

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

Salary Range

  • UNI-08: $88,645 - $104,288 per year
  • UNI-07: $83,055 - $97,710 per year


All jobs are in Ottawa, Ontario. Flexible work arrangements, including telework for a portion of the work week, may be possible. For more information on location, please visit the following link: CSE locations meet current accessibility standards.

Language Requirements

English Essential

Area of selection

Open to Canadian citizens

Required Qualifications

You must meet the required qualifications for your application to be screened in. For the purposes of this poster, you must clearly demonstrate in your cover letter how you meet each of the education and experience qualifications.


  • University degree*
  • Preference may be given to those with a post-graduate degree
  • Please provide (1) your Grade Point Average (GPA) for any university degrees you have or are pursuing and (2) the highest GPA you attained for a single year in university. (Please include the university name and GPA scale)

*The educational program must be recognized in Canada and you must be able to provide proof of education credentials.


  • Experience in information systems or cybersecurity issues
  • Experience in international affairs (e.g., international relations, strategic studies, international development, area studies)
  • Experience in social science domains (e.g., economics, sociology, psychology, business)
  • Experience in analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Experience in writing reports, articles or other publications regarding geopolitics, international affairs, technology, economics, security or social science (include dates, publication name, titles of articles, etc.)
  • Experience in working in a team environment


Technical competencies 

  • Analytical Thinking

Apply critical thinking, judgement and reasoning to analytic problems to intelligence questions.

  • Target Knowledge and Context

Understand the target and the environment in which it operates (e.g., social, political, cultural, technical)

Behavioural competencies

  • Interactive Communication

Communicating in a compelling, honest, persuasive, effective and articulate manner, thinking about who you need to communicate with, ensuring the message is clear, understood and consistent with CSE objectives.

  • Working in a Team

Demonstrating effective interpersonal skills and working cooperatively and effectively within and across organizational units to achieve common goals.

Leadership competencies

  • Achieving Results

Deliver on commitments through actions that reflect personal accountability, sound judgement, decisiveness & business acumen.

  • Change and Innovation

Create a culture where flexibility & openness to new ideas are encouraged. Lead transformation with courage & conviction.

Application Process

Who Can Apply

You must be a Canadian citizen, be eligible for a Top Secret security clearance and be willing to comply with CSE’s own security policies and standards.

Security Requirements

You must have no criminal record. The screening process involves a

  1. security interview
  2. polygraph test
  3. psychological assessment
  4. background investigation covering a minimum of your last 10 years history, including credit and financial verifications.

How to Apply

You may submit your candidacy online

If you cannot apply online or have a disability preventing you from applying online, please inform us by contacting prior to the closing date of this selection process. CSE offers an assessment process that will accommodate any reasonable measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Those measures are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially. If you may need such accommodation, please advise us.

CSE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We’re committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment and we encourage candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: Women, Indigenous peoples, Persons living with disabilities (including learning disabilities, developmental disabilities and all other types of disabilities), and Members of visible minority groups.

What to Expect

  1. The process will be conducted in the official language of your choice.
  2. Only those candidates who meet the Experience and Education requirements will move to the assessment phase. You will automatically be screened out if you do not include how you meet these two (2) requirements in your cover letter.
  3. Multiple tests will be administered to candidates who successfully pass the application review. They will be used as a screening tool. Make sure to check your spam/junk mailbox regularly for notification of the test.
  4. Interview(s) will follow for candidates who are successful on the test.
  5. References (2 supervisors) will be requested from candidates who successfully complete the interview stage.
  6. Candidates will be required to complete the security assessment. More information regarding this process can be found on CSE's website.

The entire selection process – tests, interviews, security investigation – may take more than one year to complete.
If you are deemed to be unsuccessful in the assessment process for this particular selection process, you may reapply in twelve (12) months.

Additional Details

Cyber Threat Assessors are typically hired into an “Underfill” level position, which reflects that they have not yet demonstrated the required proficiency level for some of the technical competencies of the position, but have demonstrated the potential to develop those competencies through on the job training and/or development. The candidate would therefore be appointed at one level lower than the substantive level of the position at which time an individualized development plan would be established. Once candidates have acquired and demonstrated the required technical competencies, typically within a twelve (12) month period, they would then progress to the full working level.

Training and Development

At CSE, we are proud to offer an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages open minds and attitudes. As an organization that values and nurtures talent, we are committed to helping you fulfill your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your wor, we will enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the best of your abilities.


Determinate and indeterminate appointments will be used to staff positions of permanent or temporary tenures within CSE. All appointments have a one (1) year probation period. Candidates hired through an underfill appointment process would be remain under probation for the duration of the underfill appointment and would continue to be under probation for an additional twelve (12) months after they have reached the full working level.

Operational Requirements

Overtime and standby duty may be required.

CSE Employment

CSE is a separate organization and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). We have our own values-based staffing regime and as such, have the flexibility to determine qualifications for positions and how these qualifications will be assessed in a selection process. In other words, CSE has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSE is committed to the principle of equity in employment. We are committed to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of Canadians and to creating an open and inclusive workplace. We encourage you to voluntarily indicate if you are part of one of the groups targeted by employment equity: women, Indigenous people, people with disabilities (including people with learning disabilities, development or any other type of disability) and members of visible minorities.

Covid-19 Update

In our ongoing efforts to keep our workplace and communities healthy, CSE continues to closely follow guidance from provincial and federal public health authorities (Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Public Service and Procurement Canada). While some work has started to resume from the workplace, many of our employees continue to work from home during these unprecedented times.


All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

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

START DATE: Immediate

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