Breaking into the Puzzle Palace:Careers in Math at the National Security Agency Erin E. Corman National Security Agency Mathematics Hiring Manager
Qualifications • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. in mathematics, or a related field • Statistics, computer science, physics, engineering • Breadth and depth in mathematics courses • Strong grades in mathematics courses • Core competencies • Calculus sequence, linear algebra, advanced calculus / real analysis, abstract or modern algebra, number theory, probability and statistics • Computer science / programming desirable • U.S. citizenship required
Application Process • Résumé and transcripts • Preliminary security screen • Mathematics Proficiency Test (MPT) • 50 questions, multiple-choice, two hours, no calculator • Passing score is 16 correct out of 50 • Covers the core competencies • Clearance process forms • Site visit • Operational interviews and seminar option • Clearance processing • Two-stage review process • Final Job Offer
A Day in the Life • Solve mission problems • Combine ingenuity and the power of modern computers to test ideas and implement solutions • A mathematician’s keen analytic ability is often the essential ingredient • Work is interdisciplinary • Mathematics Development Programs • Series of rotational tours working on mission problems • Strong training component (required and optional) • Three years in duration
NSA Mission • Protect U.S. national security systems and produce foreign signals intelligence. • Information Assurance (IA) • Confronts the formidable challenge of preventing foreign adversaries from gaining access to sensitive or classified national security information. • Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) • Collects, processes and disseminates intelligence information from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes, and to support military operations. • Research • Provides the tools, the technology and the techniques to ensure the success of the SIGINT and IA missions, now and in the future.
How Math Fits In • IA • Cryptographic design and evaluation • Cybersecurity • SIGINT • Cryptanalysis • Signals analysis • Error-correcting codes • Filtering and selection • Language processing • Algorithm development • High-performance computing
Contact Information Erin Corman email@example.com (301) 688-0944 National Security Agency (NSA) Website www.nsa.gov Keyword: Mathematician