MOS 0681 Information Security Technician

MOS 0681 Information Security Technician

MOS Description

Information Security Technicians (IST) serves as the Marine Corps' primary functional proponent for the Department of the Navy's (DoN) Communications Security (COMSEC) and Cryptographic Key Management. These Marines provide day-to-day operation of the DoN's COMSEC Material Control System (CMCS). The duties include: coordinate for the provisioning of symmetric and asymmetric key products to support C4 and C2 systems while work in collaboration with communications planners for the development of communications instructions and support for elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) or other authorized elements requiring authorized support, provide information regarding new or revised COMSEC policies and procedures and their impact on the command, train and inspect COMSEC users within the command, monitors and maintains the command COMSEC material allowances, performs spot checks of users to assess adherence to prescribed instructions. Also may serve as a Central Office of Record (COR) Auditor for COMSEC account inspections. Entry-level input to this MOS may be from any MOS at the grade of Staff Sergeant.

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