Air Force Enlisted Job AFSC 3D0X3 - Cyber Surety

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3D0X3, Cyber Surety AFSC was officially established on November 1, 2009. Cyber Surety personnel supervise or operate fixed and deployed information technology (IT) resources to monitor, evaluate and maintain systems, policy, and procedures to protect clients, networks, data/voice systems and databases from unauthorized activity. They identify potential threats and manage resolution of security violations.

3D0X3 personnel enforce national, DoD and Air Force security policies and directives; employ hardware and software tools to enhance the security by installing, monitoring and directing proactive and reactive information protection and defensive measures to ensure Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA) of IT resources. They administer and manage the overall Information Assurance (IA) program to include Communications Security (COMSEC), Emissions Security (EMSEC) and Computer Security (COMPUSEC) programs.

Specific Duties

Specific duties of this AFSC include:

Conducts IA risk and vulnerability assessments; ensures enterprise IA policies fully support all legal and regulatory requirements and ensures IA policies are applied in new and existing IT. Identifies IA weaknesses and provide recommendations for improvement. Monitors enterprise IA policy compliance and provides recommendations for effective implementation of IT security controls.

Evaluates and assists IT activities. Makes periodic evaluation and assistance visits, notes discrepancies, and recommends corrective actions. Audits and enforces the compliance of IA procedures and investigates security-related incidents. Assists in conducting IT forensic investigations. Manages the IA program and monitors emerging security technologies and industry best practices.

Performs or supervises activities such as detection and protection of IT resources using IA and IA-enabled tools. Provides real-time intrusion detection and firewall protection for all IT resources . Responsible for IA oversight or management of national security systems during all phases of the IT life cycles. Ensures the CIA of IT resources.

Operates and manages IA tools and IA-enabled tools . Integrates tools with other IT functions to protect and defend IT resources. Provides CIA by verifying IA controls are implemented in accordance with DoD and Air Force IA standards. Analyzes risks and/or vulnerabilities and takes corrective action. Ensures appropriate administrative, physical, and technical safeguards are incorporated into all new IT resources through certification and accreditation. Protects IT resources from malicious activity.

Job Training

Initial Skills Training (Tech School): AF Technical School graduation results in the award of a 3-skill level (apprentice). Following Air Force Basic Training, airmen in this AFSC attend the following course(s):

  • E3ABR3D033 01AA, Cyber Surety Apprentice at Keesler AFB, MS - Course length unknown.

Certification Training: After tech school individuals report to their permanent duty assignment, where they are entered into 5-level (technician) upgrade training.

This training is a combination of on-the-job task certification, and enrollment in a correspondence course called a Career Development Course (CDC). Once the airman's trainer(s) have certified that they are qualified to perform all tasks related to that assignment, and once they complete the CDC, including the final closed-book written test, they are upgraded to the 5-skill level, and are considered to be "certified" to perform their job with minimal supervision.

Advanced Training: Upon achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, airmen are entered into 7-level (craftsman) training. A craftsman can expect to fill various supervisory and management positions such as shift leader, element NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge), flight superintendent, and various staff positions. Upon promotion to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, personnel convert to AFSC 3D090, Cyber Operations Superintendent.

3D090 personnel provide direct supervision and management to personnel in AFSCs 3D0X1, 3D0X2, 3D0X3, and 3D0X5. A 9-level can expect to fill positions such as flight chief, superintendent, and various staff NCOIC jobs.

Assignment Locations: Virtually any Air Force Base.

Average Promotion Times (Time in Service)

Airman (E-2): 6 months
Airman First Class (E-3): 16 months
Senior Airman (E-4): 3 years
Staff Sergeant (E-5): 5 years
Technical Sergeant (E-6): 10.8 years
Master Sergeant (E-7): 16.1 years
Senior Master Sergeant (E-8): 19.7 years
Chief Master Sergeant (E-9): 22.3 years

Required ASVAB Composite Score: Unknown

Security Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Strength Requirement: G

Other Requirements

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Completion of high school with courses in advanced mathematics, computer science, networking is desirable. Experience in systems administration in a UNIX, Linux/MacOS, or Windows environment and/or software development, testing, and quality assurance is desired.