Cyber Ops Planner (NCWF ID- CO-PL-002)

Develops detailed plans for the conduct or support of the applicable range of cyber operations through collaboration with other planners, operators and/or analysts. Participates in targeting selection, validation, synchronization, and enables integration during the execution of cyber actions.
Tasks

  • Issue requests for information
  • Provide input to the analysis, design, development or acquisition of capabilities used for meeting objectives
  • Assess target vulnerabilities and/or operational capabilities to determine course of action
  • Assist and advise inter-agency partners in identifying and developing best practices for facilitating operational support to achievement of organization objectives
  • Provide input to the identification of cyber-related success criteria
  • Contribute to crisis action planning for cyber operations
  • Contribute to the development of the organization&#;s decision support tools if necessary
  • Uses intelligence estimates to counter potential target actions
  • Determine indicators (eg, measures of effectiveness) that are best suited to specific cyber operation objectives
  • Develop potential courses of action
  • Develop, implement, and recommend changes to appropriate planning procedures and policies
  • Ensure that intelligence planning activities are integrated and synchronized with operational planning timelines
  • Evaluate intelligence estimates to support the planning cycle
  • Identify cyber intelligence gaps and shortfalls
  • Interpret environment preparations assessments to determine a course of action
  • Maintain relationships with internal and external partners involved in cyber planning or related areas
  • Maintain situational awareness to determine if changes to the operating environment require review of the plan
  • Conduct long-range, strategic planning efforts with internal and external partners in cyber activities
  • Prepare for and provide subject matter expertise to exercises
  • Recommend refinement, adaption, termination, and execution of operational plans as appropriate
  • Document lessons learned that convey the results of events and/or exercises
  • Apply expertise in policy and processes to facilitate the development, negotiation, and internal staffing of plans and/or memorandums of agreement
  • Develop, review and implement all levels of planning guidance in support of cyber operations
  • Coordinate with intelligence and cyber defense partners to obtain relevant essential information
  • Develop and maintain deliberate and/or crisis plans
  • Develop and review specific cyber operations guidance for integration into broader planning activities
  • Develop cyber operations plans and guidance to ensure that execution and resource allocation decisions align with organization objectives
  • Develop or participate in the development of standards for providing, requesting, and/or obtaining support from external partners to synchronize cyber operations
  • Devise, document, and validate cyber operation strategy, and planning documents
  • Ensure operational planning efforts are effectively transitioned to current operations
  • Facilitate interactions between internal and external partner decision makers to synchronize and integrate courses of action in support of objectives
  • Gather and analyze data (eg, measures of effectiveness) to determine effectiveness, and provide reporting for follow-on activities
  • Incorporate cyber operations and communications security support plans into organization objectives
  • Integrate cyber planning/targeting efforts with other organizations
  • Maintain situational awareness of cyber-related intelligence requirements and associated tasking
  • Maintain situational awareness of partner capabilities and activities
  • Monitor and evaluate integrated cyber operations to identify opportunities to meet organization objectives
  • Provide subject matter expertise to planning efforts with internal and external cyber operations partners
  • Provide input for the development and refinement of the cyber operations objectives, priorities, strategies, plans, and programs
  • Provide input to the administrative and logistical elements of an operational support plan
  • Provide planning support between internal and external partners
  • Review, approve, prioritize, and submit operational requirements for research, development, and/or acquisition of cyber capabilities
  • Submit or respond to requests for deconfliction of cyber operations

Skills

  • Skill in evaluating information for reliability, validity, and relevance
  • Skill in preparing and presenting briefings
  • Skill in utilizing feedback in order to improve processes, products, and services
  • Skill in utilizing virtual collaborative workspaces and/or tools (eg, IWS, VTCs, chat rooms, SharePoint)
  • Skill in administrative planning activities, to include preparation of functional and specific support plans, preparing and managing correspondence, and staffing procedures
  • Skill in applying analytical methods typically employed to support planning and to justify recommended strategies and courses of action
  • Skill in applying crisis planning procedures
  • Skill in documenting and communicating complex technical and programmatic information
  • Skill in preparing plans and related correspondence
  • Skill in reviewing and editing plans
  • Skill to anticipate key target or threat activities which are likely to prompt a leadership decision
  • Skill to apply the process used to assess the performance and impact of cyber operations
  • Skill to craft indicators of operational progress/success
  • Skill to graphically depict decision support materials containing intelligence and partner capability estimates
  • Skill in developing and executing comprehensive cyber operations assessment programs for assessing and validating operational performance characteristics
  • Skill to distinguish between notional and actual resources and their applicability to the plan under development
  • Skill to synchronize operational assessment procedures with the critical information requirement process

Abilities

  • Ability to accurately and completely source all data used in intelligence, assessment and/or planning products
  • Ability to apply critical reading/thinking skills
  • Ability to communicate complex information, concepts, or ideas in a confident and well organized manner through verbal, written, and/or visual means
  • Ability to function in a collaborative environment, seeking continuous consultation with other analysts and experts—both internal and external to the organization—in order to leverage analytical and technical expertise
  • Ability to exercise judgment when policies are not well-defined
  • Ability to effectively collaborate via virtual teams
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with others
  • Ability to adjust to and operate in a diverse, unpredictable, challenging, and fast-paced work environment
  • Ability to apply approved planning development and staffing processes
  • Ability to coordinate cyber operations with other organization functions or support activities
  • Ability to develop or recommend planning solutions to problems and situations for which no precedent exists
  • Ability to identify external partners with common cyber operations interests
  • Ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, policies, and guidance relevant to organization cyber objectives
  • Ability to interpret and understand complex and rapidly evolving concepts
  • Ability to participate as a member of planning teams, coordination groups, and task forces as necessary
  • Ability to tailor technical and planning information to a customer’s level of understanding

Source :
http://csrc.nist.gov/publications/drafts/800-181/sp800_181_draft.pdf