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Want a job in security? Lock down US military's supermarkets

American officials fear commissaries will fall to hackers

By Shaun Nichols, 8 Apr 2016

The US Department of Defense is looking to form a security team to protect military commissaries from hackers.

NextGov has spotted a posting from the Federal Business Opportunities site for an "incident response service" at military commissary shops.

According to the job post [Word Doc], the response service contractors will be charged with handling cyberattacks targeting any of the 250 commissary stores the government operates on military bases around the world.

Despite being a federal government job, it appears the work will be largely similar to that of any retail IT security position. The commissaries function as on-base grocery stores for military personnel and their families and face many of the same dangers other retailers face.

The response service will handle incidents including denial of service, malware infections, and tampering with registers and POS terminals. As with other stores, the commissaries are also targets for identity theft, with the added caveat that the targets in these cases would be active-duty military personnel and their families.

The government also said that the security team will work in cooperation with the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) internal security team to analyze and prepare forensic reports on any possible data breaches.

The DeCA says that the contractors will mostly work out of its headquarters in Virginia and will have to be on call to respond within one hour to "priority one" issues such as the loss of payment card information or personally identifiable information on customers. For other less serious issues, the DeCA will expect the team to respond within 24 hours. The contractors will also be required to be US citizens and pass a background check. ®

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