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At CERT, we study and solve problems with widespread cybersecurity implications, research security vulnerabilities in software products, contribute to long-term changes in networked systems, and develop cutting-edge information and training to help improve cybersecurity.

We develop tools, products, and  methods to help organizations conduct forensic examinations, analyze  vulnerabilities, and monitor large-scale networks. We help organizations determine how effective their security-related practices are. And we share our work at conferences; in blogs, webinars, and podcasts; and through our many articles, technical reports, and white papers.

Our work environment is collaborative in nature as staff members work on  cross-functional teams within the CERT Division, the Software Engineering Institute, other Carnegie Mellon departments, and across the global community. We also collaborate with high-level organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security; law enforcement, including the FBI; the intelligence community; and many industry organizations.

Staff members say that one of the most satisfying aspects of working in the CERT Division "is being able to contribute to a global community that can impact the state of internet security."

Your top-notch skills and knowledge can help us make a difference in our nation's cybersecurity. To learn more about working at CERT, see Our Place at Carnegie Mellon University and Living in Pittsburgh.

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14 Jun
2017
Software Engineer - 2005856
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: The CERT Program is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. CERT engages in cutting-edge research and development in computer security. The CERT Security Automation Directorate, Secure Lifecycle Solutions (SLS) group delivers innovative engineering methods and solutions to challenging cybersecurity problems. By leveraging in-house technical expertise and longstanding collaborations with leading researchers from world-class academic institutions, SLS experts develop custom methods and systems to meet customer needs. The SLS team applies cutting-edge research and technologies to provide secure software solutions that bring real value to support the mission of our government and industry stakeholders and advance the state of the practice.

SLS expertise in DevOps processes and tools, resilient system design and implementation, and requirements gathering and analysis enables the SLS team to develop comprehensive practices engineering processes tailored to unique customer needs, or improve existing processes to meet evolving challenges by leveraging emerging technologies. Built on proven SEI software engineering methodologies and CERT cyber security expertise, SLS engineering processes lead to efficient, successful, and secure product development and deployment.

The candidate will participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle including hands on development activities.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related quantitative field of study with eight (8) years of applicable experience.

Experience: Experience as a software developer working on software applications in a professional environment required:

At least three of the five years relevant experience working on database-driven web applications.

  • Experience in an Ops/DevOps role with an emphasis on deploying and managing environments in cloud platforms(AWS, Azure, or similar)
  • Experience with configuration management tools such as Chef, Puppet, or similar.
  • Experience developing in object oriented programming languages such as Java, C#, C++
  • Experience with scripting languages such as Python, Ruby, Perl, and Bash
  • Experience with modern web frameworks such as Django, angularJS, React
  • Familarity with SDLC tools such as Maven, Ant, Docker, etc
  • Experience with source code management tools such as Git, Mercurial, SVN, or TFS
  • Experience troubleshooting software applications and reading stack traces
  • Familiarity with system and task automation
  • Familiarity with risk and security assessments
  • Strong teamwork skills, with excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving capabilities

Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of software engineering including at least three of the following core competencies: requirements, architecture and design, program and acquisition management, performance improvement, assurance, and/or security
  • Relevant experience within the last 2 years in working on a large software development program
  • Familiarity with general Linux operating system concepts, development pipeline tools, etc.
  • Understanding of basic computer systems, and network, database and application security issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively and manage time without supervision
  • Ability to attend customer meetings and respond to customer requirements
  • Highly motivated Self-starter individual with ability to multi-task, prioritize and be detail-oriented

Mobility: Will be required to travel on overnight assignments, occasionally for several days.

Environmental Conditions: Usual office setting, including extended work at a computer screen.

Mental: Ability to work meticulously with careful attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities; ability to deal collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff; ability to grasp the big picture, direction, and goals of an effort; ability to quickly learn new procedures, techniques, approaches, etc.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, systems engineering, software engineering, or acquisition management, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Accountability: Develop and implement project technical results. Contribute to program objectives and plans development. Keep in confidence sensitive information such as security, and site-specific information.

Direction: As a technical staff member, he/she will be expected to operate with minimum supervision using Carnegie Mellon University and SEI defined practice, policies and procedures, in concert with the SEI mission.

Decisions: Must accurately represent the program in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public. Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not formally supervise others. However, the individual may will act in a technical leadership (non-supervisory) role in regard to specific work products and activities, or in regard to student interns, etc.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

85% Design and implement of software requirements and integrate with other software tools or relational Databases.

10% Identify and support the implementation strategies for the capture and application of learning and knowledge transfer from assignments (e.g. dissemination of research results, case studies, guides, reports, presentations, articles, workshops, courses, and blog entries).

5% Other duties as assigned by the SLS Technical Manager, or Team Leads

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart Manager, CERT < Technical Director, Security Automation Directorate < Technical Manager < Software Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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05 Jun
2017
Senior Cyber Security Engineer - 2005737
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: The CERT Division is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT Division engages in cutting-edge research and development and develops and transitions disciplined approaches to improve the survivability and resiliency of the DoD, federal civilian agencies, private sector organizations and their networked information systems.

The individual in this position will work as a member of the Cybersecurity Assurance (CA) Team within the CERT Division. The CA team develops solutions (in the form of frameworks, models, tools, policies, practices, technical guidance, and training) that allow organizations to assess, analyze, and manage organizational, operational, and technical risks to mission-critical assets, processes, systems, and infrastructures.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science (or other technical field) with ten (10) years’ experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Certifications: Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and/or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and/or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Experience: Professional experience as an information security engineer, network security architect, information systems auditor, information systems analyst, or similarly technical occupation.

Experience with and applied knowledge in:

  • Common risk and cybersecurity assessment methods
  • Data analytics and cybersecurity metrics
  • Cybersecurity laws, regulations, and standards
  • Common network security architectures
  • Common networking protocols and services
  • Cyber security, survivability, and resilience concepts and issues
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Building and maintaining customer relationships
  • Strategic Planning and requirements definition
  • Process improvement
  • Program planning, budgeting, and management

Skills/Abilities: Must exhibit the following skills and abilities:

  • Understanding of information technology, security assessment methods, and telecommunications systems
  • Working knowledge of network interoperability, cyber security, and survivability issues, including cyber security best practices and standards
  • Working knowledge of DHS critical infrastructure sectors and related security and resilience issues
  • Working knowledge of the DoD and federal agency resilience needs and cyber security roadmaps
  • Development and delivery of information and infrastructure security risk and vulnerability evaluations
  • Ability to conduct analytical studies and investigations
  • Reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies internally and externally
  • Ability to work well as a member of a cooperative team; ability to work in a matrix organizational structure
  • Ability to recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to implement project plans, monitor project budgets, and identify and mitigate project risks
  • Leadership and mentoring skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to contribute to technical research white papers and reports; ability to prepare papers and deliver presentations to technical and non-technical audiences; ability to contribute to customer technical exchanges and marketing presentations
  • Ability to work on customer sites with high-ranking members of federal agencies and DoD
  • Participation in professional society activities, particularly IEEE and ACM

Physical/Mobility: Primarily sedentary in an office setting with some mobility. Ability to travel frequently to various locations within the SEI and CMU community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings.

Environmental Conditions: Close contact with computer for extended periods of time.

Mental: Strong interest in the human, managerial, and technical aspects of cyber security is critical for this position as are these abilities:

  • Take or share leadership role in technical projects
  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail
  • Meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities
  • Deal collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff
  • Ability to understand the direction, and goals of an effort; ability to develop and communicate innovative ideas; ability to demonstrate initiative and to quickly learn new procedures, techniques, approaches, etc.

Other: Strong interest in cyber security and critical infrastructure protection analysis basis research, applied research, and development. Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science (or related technical field) with eight (8) years’ experience or equivalent experience.

Certifications: Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), and/or GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), and/or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and/or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Experience:

  • Expert experience in risk and cybersecurity assessment methods
  • Advanced knowledge of network security architectures
  • Expert knowledge in cybersecurity laws, regulations, and standards
  • Expert experience in data analytics and cybersecurity metrics
  • Experience with common penetration testing toolsets (Metasploit framework, vulnerability scanners, web application scanners, Nmap
  • Experience with common penetration testing methodologies and tactics (PTES, OWASP testing guide, etc.)

Skills/Abilities: Strong presentation/platform skills and excellent writing skills.

Accountability: The individual will implement and participate in the planning and execution of projects leading to technical results. The individual will also contribute to project, department, or program objectives and planning document development. The individual will keep in confidence sensitive information such as customer processes, risks, vulnerabilities, and internal work products, whether for eventual public or private distribution.

Direction: The individual is expected to act independently using CMU, SEI, and CERT defined policies, practices, and procedures – within the scope of assigned work.

Decisions: The individual must make sound technical decisions with little supervision. The individual must accurately represent the program in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public. The individual is expected to perform analysis on-site at customer locations and immediately assess potential vulnerabilities requiring further investigation.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position could involve the training and oversight of the work of other staff members, graduate students, resident affiliates, visiting scientists, and independent contractors. Depending on research project or customer work plan, position may involve task leadership.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

60% Participate in cybersecurity assessments operating in a technical leadership role; analyze assessment data to identify risk areas and propose mitigation alternatives.

15% Participate in research into innovative and cutting-edge tools, techniques, and methods to improve cybersecurity and operational resilience; transition research into applied knowledge for customers.

10% Deliver courses in operational resilience management, cybersecurity management, and information security risk management

5% Contribute to conferences and meetings; participate in marketing calls and technical exchanges with clients; give talks and lectures as appropriate; participate on working groups for subjects of interest.

5% Contribute to and review the literature in cyber security, resilience, and software engineering.

5% Provide assistance and input to other teams and projects within the SEI.

100% Total Effort

Organizational Chart: Director, CERT Division < Technical Director, Cyber Risk and Resilience< Technical Manager, Cybersecurity Assurance Team < Senior Cyber Security Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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30 May
2017
Software Engineer - 2005658
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: We are looking for someone familiar with compilers (particularly dataflow analysis or other forms of static analysis) to work on projects developing techniques for automatically repairing source code to remove certain common classes of vulnerabilities.

Software vulnerabilities constitute a major threat to many of our nation’s mission-critical systems. Static analysis tools help identify these bugs, but they typically are used late in the development process and produce an enormous number of warnings, overwhelming the ability of the development team to fix the code. Automated code repair holds the potential to eliminate security vulnerabilities much faster and at a much lower cost than manual repair.

The Secure Coding team of the world-renowned CERT division of the Software Engineering Institute is a pioneer of the identification and development of secure coding and secure software development practices. Joining the Secure Coding team, you will work with world-class cyber security experts to help software developers and software development organizations reduce vulnerabilities resulting from coding errors before they are deployed. We identify common programming errors that lead to software vulnerabilities, establish standard secure coding standards, educate software developers, and advance the state of the practice in secure coding that leads to secure software systems.

The successful candidate will participate in research and engineering projects related to developing secure software systems, write reports and deliver presentations that explain the findings of their work, and work directly with customers to help transition our work into practice.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science or Software Engineering with three (3) years of applicable experience, or equivalent knowledge and ability. Familiarity with compilers at least to the level of an undergrad compilers course, especially dataflow analysis. Firm grasp of data structures and algorithms.

Skills/Abilities:

Successful candidates will have the ability to:

  • Develop and analyze source code in C and C++
  • Build and configure various software build environments, and build custom tools to integrate and automate the use of software building and analysis tools
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, generate defensible results, and represent them in reporting products and interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public
  • Contribute in a team environment with other team members with varying skills, experience and locations
  • Recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information such as source code and software weaknesses and vulnerabilities
  • Develop and explain technical decisions and recommendations effectively with technical and non-technical audiences through verbal and written communications that lead to actionable and measurable improvements
  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail required to identify defects and weaknesses in source code of large software systems, and to identify opportunities for improvements to the development process.
  • Be self-motivated and capable of self-learning to maintain a working knowledge of the ever-changing software development landscape.

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting; ability to travel to various locations within the SEI and Carnegie Mellon community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings with some frequency.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions, close contact with computer for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and changing priorities; pay attention to detail; meet inflexible deadlines; deal with difficult individuals while maintaining composure.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science or Software Engineering, with one (1) year of applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities: Thorough knowledge of the C programming language. Basic familiarity with x86 assembly language. Ability to read and write code in Python. Ability to write an analysis pass for LLVM. Ability to develop software that exhibits desired security properties. Ability to evaluate software for desired security properties.

Accountability: Contributes to program objectives and plans development.

Direction: Performs under minimal supervision, independent judgment is encouraged. Most normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently with the use of established procedures and policies. Difficult or unique situations are referred to the supervisor. Ability to work directly on-site at a customer location with minimal direct supervision from direct supervisor.

Decisions: Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

40% Contribute to internally funded research projects, developing experimentation environments, evaluating secure software development practices, and communicating results internally and externally in reports and presentations.

30% Directly support customer work in secure coding, verification and validation techniques, and technical training. Tailor our current offerings to provide value to customers by evaluating their software, software development, and software acquisition/procurement practices, and providing improvement recommendations. Communicate the findings of such evaluations through reports and presentations. Build new tools and capabilities that improve our ability to meet customer needs.

15% Codify knowledge that has been gained through customer and research projects to expand and update knowledge transfer materials, such as Secure Coding guidelines, training materials, and tools.

15% Develop knowledge and understanding of SEI capabilities; learn how SEI capabilities can be applied to customer problems; work directly with SEI staff supporting the community with disciplines related to secure coding and secure development.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: CERT Director < CERT/CSF Technical Director < CERT/Secure Coding Technical Manager < Software Engineer.

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

30 May
2017
Compiler Researcher - 2005656
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: We are looking for someone familiar with compilers (particularly dataflow analysis or other forms of static analysis) to work on projects developing techniques for automatically repairing source code to remove certain common classes of vulnerabilities.

Software vulnerabilities constitute a major threat to many of our nation’s mission-critical systems. Static analysis tools help identify these bugs, but they typically are used late in the development process and produce an enormous number of warnings, overwhelming the ability of the development team to fix the code. Automated code repair holds the potential to eliminate security vulnerabilities much faster and at a much lower cost than manual repair.

The Secure Coding team of the world-renowned CERT division of the Software Engineering Institute is a pioneer of the identification and development of secure coding and secure software development practices. Joining the Secure Coding team, you will work with world-class cyber security experts to help software developers and software development organizations reduce vulnerabilities resulting from coding errors before they are deployed. We identify common programming errors that lead to software vulnerabilities, establish standard secure coding standards, educate software developers, and advance the state of the practice in secure coding that leads to secure software systems.

The successful candidate will participate in research and engineering projects related to developing secure software systems, write reports and deliver presentations that explain the findings of their work, and work directly with customers to help transition our work into practice.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science or Software Engineering with 3 years of applicable experience, or equivalent knowledge and ability. Familiarity with compilers at least to the level of an undergrad compilers course, especially dataflow analysis. Firm grasp of data structures and algorithms.

Skills/Abilities:

Successful candidates will have the ability to:

  • Develop and analyze source code in C and C++
  • Build and configure various software build environments, and build custom tools to integrate and automate the use of software building and analysis tools
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, generate defensible results, and represent them in reporting products and interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public
  • Contribute in a team environment with other team members with varying skills, experience and locations
  • Recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information such as source code and software weaknesses and vulnerabilities
  • Develop and explain technical decisions and recommendations effectively with technical and non-technical audiences through verbal and written communications that lead to actionable and measurable improvements
  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail required to identify defects and weaknesses in source code of large software systems, and to identify opportunities for improvements to the development process.
  • Be self-motivated and capable of self-learning to maintain a working knowledge of the ever-changing software development landscape.

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting; ability to travel to various locations within the SEI and Carnegie Mellon community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings with some frequency.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions, close contact with computer for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and changing priorities; pay attention to detail; meet inflexible deadlines; deal with difficult individuals while maintaining composure.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science or Software Engineering, with 1 year of applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities: Thorough knowledge of the C programming language. Basic familiarity with x86 assembly language. Ability to read and write code in Python. Ability to write an analysis pass for LLVM. Ability to develop software that exhibits desired security properties. Ability to evaluate software for desired security properties.

Accountability: Contributes to program objectives and plans development.

Direction: Performs under minimal supervision, independent judgment is encouraged. Most normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently with the use of established procedures and policies. Difficult or unique situations are referred to the supervisor. Ability to work directly on-site at a customer location with minimal direct supervision from direct supervisor.

Decisions: Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

40% Contribute to internally funded research projects, developing experimentation environments, evaluating secure software development practices, and communicating results internally and externally in reports and presentations.

30% Directly support customer work in secure coding, verification and validation techniques, and technical training. Tailor our current offerings to provide value to customers by evaluating their software, software development, and software acquisition/procurement practices, and providing improvement recommendations. Communicate the findings of such evaluations through reports and presentations. Build new tools and capabilities that improve our ability to meet customer needs.

15% Codify knowledge that has been gained through customer and research projects to expand and update knowledge transfer materials, such as Secure Coding guidelines, training materials, and tools.

15% Develop knowledge and understanding of SEI capabilities; learn how SEI capabilities can be applied to customer problems; work directly with SEI staff supporting the community with disciplines related to secure coding and secure development.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: CERT Director < CERT/CSF Technical Director < CERT/Secure Coding Technical Manager < Associate Software Engineer.

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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19 May
2017
Temporary Software Developer - 2005590
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

This is a temporary, full-time postion expected to last six (6) months in duration.

Position Summary: CERT® is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT engages in cutting-edge research and development, and provides robust programs focused on ensuring that software developers, internet security experts, network and system administrators, and others are able to resist, recognize, and recover from attacks on networked systems.

As a member of CERT Systems Team, the selected candidate will be responsible for designing, developing, and deploying software applications and systems to enhance the capabilities of CERT customers. The candidate will participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle, and will be involved in key decisions regarding software design and technology selection, architecture and design of cyber-resilient and cyber-secure systems.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related quantitative field of study.

Experience: Experience writing code and applications in Java, experience with a scripting language such as Perl or Python, proficiency with HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and familiarity with SQL and modern databases. Capable of working with software development tools such as version control systems (Git, Mercurial) and bug tracking systems (JIRA); working knowledge of agile software development practices and team design sessions.

Skills/Abilities: Ability to function within a development team. Willingness to learn new skills, programming languages, and technologies as necessary. Desire to solve challenging problems through technical innovation. Ability to analyze customer requirements and provide novel solutions. Ability and willingness to provide accurate estimates of development time and risk. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work effectively without close supervision. Capable to attend customer meetings and respond to customer requirements

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting, may have to travel to other campus locations, as well as, travel to customer sites, some bending, stretching and lifting up to 50 lbs. above head. Moving and setting up computer equipment.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions; however close contact with a computer screen for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; ability to prioritize tasks; strong learning capability; ability to assist users of varying competency; ability to interact effectively with vendors, managers, and technical staff. Good technical problem-solving skills; strong information organization skills; good oral and written communication skills. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related quantitative field of study. Completion of one or more internships in a systems, development or technical role,

Certifications: CISSP or CSSLP

Experience: Experience working within a UNIX/Linux environment. Working knowledge of general networking concepts, deep software analysis, debugging, or reverse engineering, with a background in cyber security or cyber analytics. Some knowledge of Hadoop and related big-data systems, relational databases, LDAP directories, Apache httpd and Tomcat, and working within a development and operations (DevOps) environment. Experience coding with C, C++, C#, Scala, Ruby and other commonly used languages. Familiarity with No SQL and non-relational database technologies such as MongoDB. Cassandra, HBase, Neo4j or others.

Skills/Abilities: Ability to multitask, troubleshoot and work with end users. Ability to quickly learn new technologies (COTS/GOTS) and integrate them with existing applications and/or systems. Knowledge of various hardware architectures and embedded systems. Embedded system design and embedded software implementation.

Accountability: Develop and implement project technical results. Contribute to program objectives and plans development. Keep in confidence sensitive information such as security, and site-specific information.

Direction: Regular interaction with supervisor. Expected to act in accordance with SEI and CERT program procedures and policies, such as those involving product development, team interaction, and confidentiality.

Decisions: Must accurately represent the program in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public. Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not formally supervise others.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

90% Implementation of software requirements and integrate with other software tools or relational databases.

% Effort Secondary Functions

5% Contribute to conferences and meetings; participate in marketing calls on clients; give technical talks as appropriate.

5% Contribute to the broader software engineering and security community.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: CERT Program, Director < Secure Automation Director < Systems Technical Manager < Software Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

17 May
2017
Information System Security Manager - 2005496
Arlington, VA

This position is located in Arlington, VA.

Position Summary: The Information System Security Manager is a hands-on information system administration and security role within the Office of the CIO Information Assurance team (OCIO IA) at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). This is an opportunity for a cleared IT professional in the Arlington VA area with strong organization and communication skills and experience with modern Windows system administration tools and operating techniques in an accredited network. You will be responsible for assuring that information systems in the Arlington VA office remain compliant with DoD and other USG regulations. You will accomplish this work in collaboration with OCIO IA teammates in Pittsburgh PA as well as Security and IT staff working in Arlington and Pittsburgh.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field, or equivalent combination of training and experience. Current Microsoft server certifications; one or more of MCITP (Server & Client), MCSA, MCSE, etc.

Licenses: One or more of: CAP, CASP CE, Security+CE, SSCP, GSEC, CISM

Experience: Five or more (5+) years of system and network administration experience using modern system administration tools and operating techniques in an accredited Microsoft Windows infrastructure. Experience as a system / network administrator for services under government cognizance (e.g., DISA, DSS); knowledge of the DOD STIGs and their application in establishing and operating information systems. Experience confirming audit records and STIG compliance for systems in an accredited Microsoft Windows infrastructure.

Skills/Abilities: Problem solving skills. Demonstrated knowledge of Windows operating system commands/utilities; demonstrated knowledge of system administration tools and processes such as those used to manage software, Group Policy Objects, and other aspects of Active Directory; demonstrated knowledge of server and network problem resolution based on examination of events/alerts and system monitors/logs.

Mobility: Normally sedentary but some business travel required (e.g., training, other SEI locations, etc.) Computer hardware installation and configuration required on an infrequent basis involving objects typically <= 30 pounds (heavier objects with assistance).

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions, close contact with computer displays for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to identify, isolate and resolve systems problems. Communicate the nature of problems to different parties (e.g., system / network administrators, IA professionals, IT user support, etc.) to resolve technical issues, sometimes under pressure. Temperament and maturity to self-motivate and prioritize tasks with input from a remotely located manager.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance. Must meet and maintain DoD 8570-M readiness requirements within six (6) months of employment at SEI’s expense. Additional work hours (weekend and evening hours) may be required on an infrequent basis. May be required to stay at or return to work during incidents and/or emergencies to perform duties as requested.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Licenses: One or more of the following: Active CISSP (or Associate), GSLC, CISM.

Experience: Prior experience as an associate ISSO / ISSM (IAO/IAM) in a small to medium-scale classified enclave. ICD-501/503 experience; prior use of the HBSS and ACAS tool chains, Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) validation tools, awareness of NISPOM IS-relevant rules, etc.

Other: Active Department of Defense security clearance.

Accountability: Ensures server(s) and client stations are operating efficiently and resolves issues. Verifies that accredited systems maintain their prescribed configuration and addresses/reports deviations from same immediately. Recommends and performs modifications to enhance server/service performance and reliability.

Regularly communicates with the IA team members in Pittsburgh to raise situational awareness of operational status information relevant to the services in scope.

Responsible for proper handling (e.g., safe storage, proper marking, approved destruction) of documents and media used in the operation and maintenance of accredited systems.

Responsible for providing information relating to equipment and facility needs each fiscal planning session to aid in budgeting expenses related to the systems / services in scope.

Participates in the development or adaptation of IS-specific security safeguards and local operating procedures to satisfy certification requirements. Works with the ISSM and ISSO in Pittsburgh to align policies and procedures to DC operations.

Direction: Works under limited supervision from a remote manager as part of the OCIO IA team.

Expected to act independently to maintain and securely operate accredited systems with guidance from the lead ISSM, FSO, and OCIO senior management. Draws guidance from relevant operational security guidelines / manuals, turning to the lead ISSM for clarification when needed.

Most work is performed independently, or in concert with the lead ISSM and appropriate IT staff.

Decisions: Must be able to identify user and systems issues and resolve trivial issues independently. Information Security issues and complex operational problems are handled in concert with OCIO IA teammates and appropriate IT or Security staff.

Supervisory Responsibilities: No regular staff supervisory responsibilities.

Regularly inspects accredited systems and may task other IT personnel in order to address infractions or post-audit POA&M issues.

Will assist in the training of new users of the accredited systems.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

25% Installs, configures, and maintains accredited servers, workstations and network devices in accordance with most current STIG or other relevant documents. Assists users to resolve problems related to use of accredited systems and services.

15% Reviews server logs directly or with analysis tools to discern operational anomalies, including operational threats (e.g., resource contention/exhaustion) and security concerns; addresses and/or reports these to IA colleagues or IT as appropriate.

10% Reports on the operational status of accredited information systems based on reviews and scans to accrediting agencies, possibly through established channels such as ACAS, HBSS, etc. Reporting is coordinated with the IA team members in the Pittsburgh office.

10% Performs C&A duties including submission of accreditation documents. Drives IS related self-inspection activities and C&A / CCRI preparations in Arlington. Primary interface to the local DSS IS representative.

10% Performs classified IS user indoctrination briefings and manages IT accounts / credentials of classified systems, including required recordkeeping (account lifecycle, DoD IAA training status, policy acknowledgements, etc.).

10% Supports the FSO to prepare for traditional security inspection activities, complete self-inspections, etc. Functions as the secondary COMSEC custodian for the SEI Arlington (a/k/a DC) office responsible for device inventory, key management and loading, etc. FSO/CSSO duties in a backup capacity as directed.

15% Performs enterprise IT duties in a backup / supplemental capacity as directed.


5% Training and professional development to keep current with new technologies and regulations.

100% Total Effort

Organizational Chart: CIO < Deputy CIO < Information System Security Manager

Our benefits philosophy encompasses three driving priorities: Choice, Control, and Well-being. Learn more at https://www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/. You can join an institution and inspire innovations that change the world.

Carnegie Mellon University is a welcoming workplace that considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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04 May
2017
Cyber Security Engineer - Exercise Developer - 2005394
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

This position can be located in Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA.

Position Summary: As a member of CERT's Workforce Development program, the candidate will work with other team members in developing cyber-security training exercises and simulations, primarily for US military/government customers. This involves interacting directly with customers, gathering training requirements and objectives, producing and facilitating creative and engaging exercise scenarios, and building supporting physical and virtualized systems and network topologies. As such, the candidate will work regularly with a wide range of software and hardware technologies within CERT labs. The candidate may also assist in developing and teaching cyber security training content to external customers. The candidate will also be involved software and hardware prototype development. Additionally, the position requires the candidate to have demonstrated and effective leadership/management abilities as he/she may supervise and evaluate full time direct reports as well as the activities of graduate student assistants. The successful candidate must be self-directed, have an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, and work well communicating technical information to technical and non-technical users. The candidate must also be able to interact with clients and staff of all levels in a highly professional and competent manner.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or related discipline with three (3) years applicable working experience in information technology, Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or related discipline with one (1) years of applicable working experience in information technology, or equivalent combination of training or experience.

Experience: Successful candidates must possess "hands-on" experience with Computer/Network Security and I.T. system and network administration. Additionally, he/she must have practical experience with Windows server and desktop platforms and Linux/Unix operating systems. The candidate must have experience in network design and troubleshooting and implementing standard networking protocols. Additionally, demonstrated practical experience working with common commercial and open-source cyber security tools is required. The candidate should have some experience teaching technical content to students, peers, and non-technical individuals and must enjoy doing so.

Skills/Abilities: Candidate must be able to prioritize workload and complete deliverables on time, have good technical problem-solving skills, strong analytical and information organization skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong technical teaching skills. Candidate must be able to multitask and work effectively with multiple project teams and sponsors/customers. Experience with virtualization technologies, particularly VMWare ESX server is highly desired. Programming experience in C, C++, C#, Python, and Java is also highly desirable.

Physical Mobility: Sedentary in an office setting with some mobility, i.e., able to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community as well as travel to customer sites.

Environmental Conditions: Close contact with computer for long periods of time.

Mental: Ability to pay close attention to detail, meet deadlines, work under pressure, and communicate effectively.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS and MS in Computer Science; training in enterprise security tools (i.e. McAfee ePO/HIPS, ArcSight, etc.)

Licenses: CISSP, Network+, Security+ and/or other industry standard certifications

Experience: US military service in a series of positions involving information technology, cyber security, and management of large scale government networks.

Skills/Abilities: Strong presentation/platform skills and excellent writing skills.

Accountability: The incumbent is accountable for the definition, creation, and maintenance of final deliverables and products and may manage unclassified/classified DoD projects in excess of $3M annually.

Direction: The incumbent is expected to act independently using CMU and SEI defined policies, practices, and procedures.

Decisions: The incumbent must use good judgment to solve customer and personnel problems and is required to envision, design, develop, pilot, and deliver new capabilities, products, and services. Candidate will also be required to accurately represent SEI/CERT and its technical work in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The incumbent may have at least 2 direct reports as well as up to 15 secondary reports and will be required to provide performance management, career guidance, and take personnel corrective actions as required.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

10% Design and develop technical documents and instructional materials.

10% Research, evaluate, develop, install/configure hardware and software including promising new technologies that require examination for cyber security research and development.

10% Deliver technical and management training to customers.

55% Mentor, guide and interact with team and other staff.

15% Contribute to transition planning and strategy.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: Director, CERT Division < Technical Director, Cyber Workforce Development Directorate < Technical Manager, Modeling, Simulation and Exercises Initiative < Team Lead, Modeling, Simulation and Exercises < Cyber Security Engineer – Exercise Developer.

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

04 May
2017
Software Engineer - 2005395
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: CERT is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT engages in cutting-edge research and development, and provides robust programs focused on ensuring that software developers, internet security experts, network and system administrators, and others are able to resist, recognize, and recover from attacks on networked systems.

As a member of CERT Systems Team, the selected candidate will be responsible for designing, developing, and deploying software applications and systems to enhance the capabilities of CERT customers. The candidate will participate in all phases of the software development lifecycle, and will be involved in key decisions regarding software design and technology selection, architecture and design of cyber-resilient and cyber-secure systems.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related quantitative field of study with five (5) years of applicable experience.

Experience: Experience as a software developer working on software applications in a professional environment. Experience writing code and applications in Java, experience with a scripting language such as Perl or Python, proficiency with HTML/CSS/JavaScript, and familiarity with SQL and modern databases. Capable of working with software development tools such as version control systems (Git, Mercurial) and bug tracking systems (JIRA); working knowledge of agile software development practices and team design sessions. Experience developing within a UNIX/Linux environment.

Skills/Abilities: Ability to function within a development team. Willingness to learn new skills, programming languages, and technologies as necessary. Desire to solve challenging problems through technical innovation. Ability to analyze customer requirements and provide novel solutions. Ability and willingness to provide accurate estimates of development time and risk. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work effectively without close supervision. Capable to attend customer meetings and respond to customer requirements

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting, may have to travel to other campus locations, as well as, travel to customer sites, some bending, stretching and lifting. Moving and setting up computer equipment.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions; however close contact with a computer screen for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; ability to prioritize tasks; strong learning capability; ability to assist users of varying competency; ability to interact effectively with vendors, managers, and technical staff. Good technical problem-solving skills; strong information organization skills; good oral and written communication skills. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in computer science, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related quantitative field of study with three (3) years of applicable experience.

Certifications: CISSP or CSSLP

Experience: Working knowledge of general networking concepts and experience with deep software analysis, debugging, or reverse engineering, with a background in cyber security or cyber analytics. Experience with Hadoop and related big-data systems, relational databases, LDAP directories, Apache httpd and Tomcat, and working within a development and operations (DevOps) environment. Experience coding with C, C++, C#, Scala, Ruby and other commonly used languages. Familiarity with No SQL and non-relational database technologies such as MongoDB. Cassandra, HBase, Neo4j or others.

Skills/Abilities: Ability to multitask, troubleshoot and work with end users. Ability to quickly learn new technologies (COTS/GOTS) and integrate them with existing applications and/or systems. Knowledge of various hardware architectures and embedded systems. Embedded system design and embedded software implementation.

Accountability: Develop and implement project technical results. Contribute to program objectives and plans development. Keep in confidence sensitive information such as security, and site-specific information.

Direction: Regular interaction with supervisor. Expected to act in accordance with SEI and CERT program procedures and policies, such as those involving product development, team interaction, and confidentiality.

Decisions: Must accurately represent the program in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public. Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not formally supervise others. However, the individual may act in a technical leadership (non-supervisory) role in regard to specific work products and activities, or in regard to student interns, etc.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

90% Design and implementation of software requirements and integrate with other software tools or relational databases.

Secondary Functions

5% Contribute to conferences and meetings; participate in marketing calls on clients; give technical talks as appropriate.

5% Contribute to the broader software engineering and security community.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: CERT Program, Director < Secure Automation Director < Systems Technical Manager < Software Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

04 May
2017
Systems Engineer - 2005396
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: CERT is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT engages in cutting-edge research and development, and provides robust programs focused on ensuring that software developers, internet security experts, network and system administrators, and others are able to resist, recognize, and recover from attacks on networked systems.

This position is responsible for supporting users and maintaining software and equipment in the CERT Program Managed Enclaves. This includes understanding the needs of the teams using the enclaves, designing and developing services to meet those needs, planning equipment acquisitions, overseeing configuration and maintenance of equipment, overseeing set-up and breakdown of equipment for experiments, assisting in experiments as needed. You will need to be a self-starter who can work in a rapidly changing environment, tolerate ambiguity, and demonstrate problem-solving skills.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science, Information Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent with eight (8) years of applicable experience, MS in Computer Science, Information Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent with five (5) years of applicable experience, or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Information Science, or equivalent with two (2) years of applicable experience.

Experience: System administrator level of knowledge for both UNIX and Windows operating systems, as well as experience with the selection, configuration and deployment of associated hardware and software. Experience and knowledge in using system administration tools to manage dozens of machines and configurations. Network administrator knowledge of network technologies including: TCP/IP, UDP, Ethernet, 802.11, routing protocols, DNS, VPN. Experience in network architecture and implementation. Storage administration and scripting/coding experience.

Skills/Abilities: Ability to manage heavy workload and effectively manage priorities. Strong problem solving skills. Excellent oral and written communications skills. Ability to work both independently and with teams. Ability to effectively manage multiple projects. Ability to elicit technical requirements from management and staff.

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting, may have to travel to other campus locations, as well as, travel to customer sites, some bending, stretching and lifting. Moving and setting up computer equipment.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions; however close contact with CRT for prolonged periods of time. Also occasional work in machine room (loud and extreme office temperatures 55F-90F).

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; ability to prioritize tasks; strong learning capability; ability to assist users of varying competency; ability to interact effectively with vendors, managers, and technical staff. Good technical problem-solving skills; strong information organization skills; good oral and written communication skills. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Experience: Experience using and managing virtual computing environments such as VEEAM, VMWare, or VirtualBox. Experience with applications such as JIRA, Confluence, Jenkins, and Rhodecode. Experience in the scription such as Bash, Python, Perl, and PowerShell. Experience with storage administration such as NetApp, Lustre Filesystem, Gluster Filesystem, iSCSI, and NFS.

Experience with Hadoop Administration and Database Administration (MySQL, Postgress, MongoDB).

Skills/Abilities: Ability to define and build tools in various scripting and programming languages. Knowledge of and experience with operating systems other than UNIX or Windows.

Accountability: Responsible for managing requests from users, including high priority requests originating from a sponsor.

Direction: The person in this position will work closely with the SEI Infrastructure Team on developing processes for managing hardware and software. The person will also work closely with users in determining needs and planning experiments.

Decisions: Example 1: A user needs to test vulnerability in a specific piece of software. A test environment needs to be developed to allow for testing at the required version/patch level. The equipment needs to be prepared and configured appropriately to provide a suitable test environment.

Example 2: A group of software developer needs an automated build, test, and deployment environment and the environment needs to be integrated with the already existing source code repository. An evaluation of suitable tools is conducted, based on developer requirements. Based on the selection, a server is setup and tested in order to demonstrate the integration and functionality. Then assistance is provided to developers as they begin using the system, including the adoption of changing requirements and configuration needs.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position mentors and provides technical direction to other CERT Program Managed Enclave employees.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

15% Collects user requirements for CERT Program Managed Enclave equipment software and services needed for the CERT.

15% Test, evaluate, and select new hardware and software for the CERT Program Managed Enclave in consultation with the SEI IT and users.

15% Work with the CERT and SEI IT staff to develop and/or implement tools and processes for managing and maintaining software and hardware in the CERT Program Managed Enclave, including the set-up for experiments.

40% Infrastructure operations and maintenance including: backups, patching, Failure Recovery, log review, security auditing, and other user support.

10% Develop procedures and practices for the use and maintenance of the CERT Program Managed Enclave.

SECONDARY FUNCTIONS

5% Participate in the broader security community through collaboration, papers, and presentations.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: CERT Program, Director < Secure Automation Director < Technical Manager < Systems Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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04 May
2017
Systems Engineer - 2005397
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: CERT® is part of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT engages in cutting-edge research and development, and provides robust programs focused on ensuring that software developers, internet security experts, network and system administrators, and others are able to resist, recognize, and recover from attacks on networked systems.

This position is responsible for supporting users and maintaining software and equipment in the CERT Program Managed Enclaves. This includes understanding the needs of the teams using the enclaves, installing and configuring software and hardware to meet those needs, configuration and maintenance of equipment, and assisting in experiments as needed. You will need to be able to work in a rapidly changing environment, tolerate ambiguity, and demonstrate problem-solving skills.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science, Information Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent with three (3) years of applicable experience, or MS in Computer Science, Information Science, Computer Engineering or equivalent with one (1) year of applicable experience.

Experience: Three (3) years of experience; Windows/Linux systems administration, as well as experience with the configuration and deployment of associated hardware and software, including storage administration, scripting, and coding.

Skills/Abilities: Ability to effectively manage conflicting priorities, while still delivering concrete, high quality, and timely results to multiple projects. Posses strong planning and organizational skills, including the ability to; work independently and with teams, interact effectively with technical and non-technical audiences both written and verbally. Strong problem solving skills. Possess an applied understanding of core internet protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, IP, UDP, ICMP, DNS, SMTP, HTTP, etc.) and Windows/Linux systems administration practices. An understanding of Software / systems development lifecycle, QA testing, revision control, and change management practices.

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting, may have to travel to other campus locations, as well as, travel to customer sites, some bending, stretching and lifting up to 50 lbs. above head. Moving and setting up computer equipment.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions; however close contact with CRT for prolonged periods of time. Also occasional work in machine room (loud and extreme office temperatures 55F-90F).

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines; ability to prioritize tasks; strong learning capability; ability to assist users of varying competency; ability to interact effectively with vendors, managers, and technical staff. Good technical problem-solving skills; strong information organization skills; good oral and written communication skills. Maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Experience: Experience with applications such as JIRA, Confluence, Jenkins, and Rhodecode. Experience in the scription such as Bash, Python, Perl, and PowerShell. Experience with storage administration such as NetApp, Lustre Filesystem, Gluster Filesystem, iSCSI, and NFS. Experience with Hadoop Administration and Database Administration (MySQL, Postgress, MongoDB).

Skills/Abilities: Ability to define and build tools in various scripting and programming languages. Knowledge of and experience with operating systems other than UNIX or Windows.

Accountability: Develop and implement project technical results. Contribute to technical area goals and objectives. Keep in confidence sensitive information such as security, vulnerability, and site information.

Direction: Expect to act with minimal supervision in accordance with SEI and CERT program procedures and policies, such as those involving project development, team interaction, and confidentiality.

Decisions: Must accurately represent the program in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public. Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position does not formally supervise others.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

10% Perform Tier 1 support for CERT Program Managed Enclave services and systems.

10% Test, and evaluate new hardware and software for the CERT Program Managed Enclaves in consultation with SEI IT and users.

25% Work within CERT and SEI IT to develop and/or implement tools and processes for managing and maintaining software and hardware in the CERT Program Managed Enclaves, including the set-up for experiments.

35% Conduct routine software and hardware maintenance of CERT Program Managed Enclaves equipment. Install and configure new equipment.

10% Develop procedures and practices for the use and maintenance of the CERT Program Managed Enclaves.

10% Participate in the broader security community through collaboration, papers, and presentations.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: CERT Program, Director < Secure Automation Director < Technical Manager < Systems Engineer

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

21 Mar
2017
Security Operations Technical Manager - 2005116
Pittsburgh, PA

Who We Are: You will work within the Monitoring & Response Directorate of the CERT Division of the Software Engineering Institute (SEI). The SEI is a federally funded research and development center on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. CERT engages with the US Government, mainly the defense and intelligence sectors, to research, develop, apply and transition complex cybersecurity solutions. CERT generates some of the highest level of original research and tackles many of the most complex problems facing cybersecurity for the US Government. You will lead a team that is thoughtfully engaged with its clients involved in emerging technology gaps and aggressively solving problems to migrate solutions to our clients.

About You:

  • You want to make an impact beyond your organization in the field of cybersecurity that has national security implications and impact.
  • You want to be involved with a worldwide thought leaders in cybersecurity operations.
  • Your strengths are motivating, inspiring and taking charge of your team while articulating your specific vision and proactive thinking on multiple projects with proven success.

Position Summary: You will assume a leadership position as Technical Manager of the Security Operations Unit (SOU). You’ll be asked to lead, shape and manage the growth of a cutting edge security operations program. As the SOU lead you will develop and execute a technical agenda and strategic roadmap to continually improve the state of the art and practice of Security Operations and Incident Management/Response. The Technical Manager will communicate this technical vision and be capable of building consensus within the team and to maintain a successful culture built on high-quality and impactful customer work. This approximately fifteen-person Security Operations team works from the SEI’s Pittsburgh and Arlington offices, and can have staff embedded in US Government (USG) programs throughout the country. The position of Technical Manager is responsible for all aspects of developing and executing this body of work to include setting the technical direction; managing financials; business development; and personnel issues to include performance reporting and hiring for his/her unit.

We love diverse education, experience and backgrounds, but we feel very strongly about:

Education: At a minimum, you must have a BS in Computer Science/Computer Security or related scientific/technical degree.

Experience: You have at least ten years’ direct experience in cyber security or cyber intelligence operations and management. Increasing responsibility in directly managing a technical and analytical team comprising of at least 10 individuals with commensurate personnel and financial authority. Your major roles should have involved technology development, research, and applications [MOU1] in cyber operations.

Skills/Abilities: Your skill set should include the following

  • You can demonstrate how you have formulated, communicated with, and led a team towards a technical vision, building high-quality cyber solutions that have impacted customer work and operations.
  • You have engaged in developing and executing a technical agenda and strategic roadmap involving security operations and incident management/response inside and outside your organization.
  • You have an understanding of existing standards and models for security operations, incident response, intrusion analysis and cyber threat intelligence.
  • You can articulate community best practices in cyber operations and associated tools/techniques You have experience with Internet protocols, operations, and governance.
  • You have briefed strategic and technical topics to senior management and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with fostering professional growth and develop technical/professional leadership capabilities in technical staff.

What makes your stand out as a candidate?

Education: You have at least a MS in Computer Science/Computer Security or related scientific/technical.

Experience: In addition to the minimum experience required, you have had deep exposure to the US Government in understanding their unique cybersecurity challenges and existing standards and models for security operations, incident response, intrusion analysis and cyber threat intelligence. You have supported multiple clients in an operational security environment such as incident response, intelligence, or a security operations center. You have conducted technical project management. You have sustained your team with business development activity.

Skills/Abilities:

  • You have established and defined processes for operational security organizations, and defined best practices from community and operational experience.
  • Participation in public and closed community security forums through activities such as publication, presentation, collaborative security operations, and collaborative research.
  • You have practical experience leading, defining, or applying TTPs for cyber operations.
  • Working knowledge of secure systems and network architecture practices.

Travel Requirement: You will most certainly travel monthly between Pittsburgh and our Arlington, VA offices as well as occasional travel to client sites, conferences and offsite meetings.

Other: You will be subject to a background check and must successfully obtain and maintain a Department of Defense Top Secret security clearance.

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran.

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21 Mar
2017
Blockchain Developer - 2005079
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: We are seeking a software engineer to develop Blockchain tools and application software, with a focus on improving the security of Blockchain technology. The CERT division of the Software Engineering Institute is a pioneer and leader in cybersecurity. We are expanding our team of researchers and developers who create and apply tools and techniques for building secure applications. We are looking for top candidates to help us continue our legacy of ground-breaking improvements for securing software during development. Software has never been more important to our lives and our national security, nor has software insecurity ever been a greater risk.

Joining the Cybersecurity Foundations team, you will work with world-class cyber security experts to help software developers and software development organizations reduce vulnerabilities resulting from architecture, design and coding errors before they are deployed. We identify common errors that lead to software vulnerabilities, establish standard secure coding standards, design DSLs and built tools to improve the development process, educate software developers, and advance the state of the practice for building secure software systems.

The successful candidate will participate in research and engineering projects that identify and implement best practices for organizations to develop secure software systems. The candidate will work directly with customers to: apply Blockchain languages and tools, develop and provide training in secure coding practices; evaluate, extend, and use tools to improve and automate source code analysis; review code bases to ensure that best practices are being followed; and enhance the customers’ organizational capabilities to produce secure software systems. The candidate will be expected to develop tools and applications, write reports and deliver presentations that explain the findings of research and software evaluations, helping customers improve their software to meet the security and privacy needs of their users.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, or Information Systems Management with three (3) years applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities:

Ideal candidates will:

  • Be self-motivated and capable of self-learning to maintain a working knowledge of the ever-changing software development landscape
  • Develop applications in or tools for Ethereum (Solidity) or Hyperledger (Fabric via Go or Java) based languages
  • Build and configure various software build environments, and build custom tools to integrate and automate the use of software building and analysis tools
  • Develop and analyze source code in common programming languages such as C, C#, C++, Java, and Python, with a focus on secure coding principles and practices
  • Use static and dynamic analysis tools to evaluate software to find and remove vulnerabilities
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, generate defensible results, and represent them in reporting products and interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public
  • Contribute in a team environment with other team members with varying skills, experience and locations
  • Write and present clear reports

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems Management with one (1) year applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of compilers and language design
  • Previous experience with developing software APIs
  • Deep familiarity with Ethereum and/or Hyperledger VM

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

40% Contribute to internally funded research projects, developing experimental tools and applications, evaluating secure software development practices, and communicating results internally and externally in reports and presentations.

30% Directly support customer work in secure coding, verification and validation techniques, and technical training. Tailor our current offerings to provide value to customers by evaluating their software, software development, and software acquisition/procurement practices, and providing improvement recommendations. Communicate the findings of such evaluations through reports and presentations. Build new tools and capabilities that improve our ability to meet customer needs.

15% Codify knowledge that has been gained through customer and research projects to expand and update knowledge transfer materials, such as Secure Coding guidelines, tools and training materials.

15% Develop knowledge and understanding of SEI capabilities; learn how SEI capabilities can be applied to customer problems; work directly with SEI staff supporting the community with disciplines related to secure coding and secure development.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: Cert Director>CSF Technical Director>CSF Tech Manager>Tech

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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16 Mar
2017
Network Defense Analyst - 2005075
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: The CERT Situational Awareness group researches and develops cutting-edge network security analysis techniques for operational use in high-impact environments. The CERT Situational Awareness Network Defense Analyst will:

  • Participate in and lead technical efforts, including development and prototyping of new analysis techniques, tools, and platforms, preparation of analytic reports, and contributions to research publications.
  • Be respected as a subject matter expert by customers, commercial vendors, and the Internet community as a whole
  • Be expected to appreciably advance the state of art of cybersecurity analytics.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training/Professional Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or related scientific/technical field with eight (8) years experience in network operations, security operations, or network security research; Master’s Degree in Computer Science or related scientific/technical field with five (5) years experience in network operations, security operations, or network security research; PhD in Computer Science or related discipline with two (2) years experience in network operations, security operations, or network security research; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Capable of conducting and supporting analytical studies and investigations of network security data.
  • Significant understanding of and practical experience with various Internet protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS, SMTP, BGP).
  • Significant knowledge of at least one modern operating system (e.g., Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows).
  • Understanding of network security issues at all protocol layers.
  • Understanding of host/operating system security issues.
  • Operational knowledge and significant understanding of network security devices such as Intrusion Detection Systems, Firewalls, Security Information Managers, Network Vulnerability Scanners.
  • Operational knowledge and understanding of routing and switching protocols, including Internet routing.
  • Ability to function in the role of a consultant with some guidance from senior staff members.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills.
  • Strong problem solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with minimal direction and with teams.
  • Ability to think abstractly
  • Ability to explain technical terms in business language/solutions
  • Ability to translate business requirements into technical requirements
  • Strong system-level thinking
  • Understanding of levels of architecture (e.g. solution, systems, enterprise)
  • Understanding of business process, business transactions, applications, services as they relate to network and security technology
  • Ability to work effectively with customers (internal and external), business analysts, developers and system integrators
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work with senior leaders

Physical Mobility: Primarily sedentary in an office setting with some mobility. Flexibility to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community, including sponsor sites, conferences, and meetings.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions; close contact with computer display for extended periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work meticulously with careful attention to detail; ability to meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities; ability to participate in conversations collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff; ability to develop and communicate innovative ideas; ability to take leadership role in technical projects; ability to quickly learn new procedures, techniques, approaches, etc.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Experience. Stronger candidates will be able to demonstrate past experience working:

  • In collaborative environments with team members who have diverse skills and roles
  • In the public forum of the broader information security community
  • Directly with customers from government and/or industry (multiple critical infrastructure)
  • In data visualization
  • With specialized technologies such as data mining, clustering, machine learning, neural networks, distributed computing and/or big data platforms

Preferred Skills/Abilities:

  • Statistics.
  • Scripting and/or programming in a high level language, including participation in sound software engineering (e.g. version control, documentation).

Accountability: The individual is accountable for: Active participation in the overall Situational Awareness R&D effort; Participating in the production of original publications in network security analysis; Participating in public speaking engagements, including at remote locations.

Direction: The individual is expected to act with minimal direction using CMU, SEI, CERT and Monitoring and Response defined policies, practices, and procedures – within the scope of assigned work.

Decisions: The individual is expected to participate in the decision-making and problem-solving processes of basic requirements elicitation and validation participation in fundamental research in network security.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position does not formally supervise others.

Job Functions and Responsibilities:

60% Participate in studies of data from operational networks, and advise network operators in written reports and presentations on security posture improvements based on those studies.

35% Participate in the development of novel approaches to network security analysis, and create prototype tool implementations.

5% Speak publicly and to customers on work performed.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: Monitoring and Response Technical Director < Situational Awareness Technical Manager < Analysis Team Lead < Network Security Analyst

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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03 Mar
2017
Cyber Incident Analyst - 2005048
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: The cyber incident analyst will extract cyber security incident data from large institutions to support cyber security research programs. The analyst will independently and proactively review and interpret incident data, identify additional data sources, and liaise with partner organizations' incident response personnel to support research requirements. A successful candidate will be able to interact with both technical and nontechnical staff and customers.  The position may require traveling 20-60% of the time.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline. Recent graduates are encouraged to apply.

Experience/Skills/Abilities: The successful candidate will possess:

  • Internship/co-op level experience analyzing network traffic and IDS events for malicious intent
  • Knowledge of Cyber Threat Intelligence principles, including the ability to analyze threat campaign(s) techniques, lateral movements and indicators of compromise
  • Understanding of networking essentials including data flows, architecture, protocols, and traffic analysis
  • Working proficiency with IDS, IPS, firewall, DDoS mitigation, UTM, log management, and other devices
  • Understanding of exploits, vulnerabilities, network attacks and malware
  • Familiarity with SIEM-Based log monitoring technologies and tools (e.g., SPLUNK ES, McAfee ESM) and the ability to develop content, such as scripts, use cases for SIEM queries
  • Ability to develop technical solutions to complex problems independently and creatively
  • Exemplary written communication

Other:  Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

 

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Experience/Skills/Abilities: The successful candidate will possess:

  • Intermediate programming ability for data analysis including Python or R
  • Ability to quickly learn new technology and concepts
  • Prior operational experience in a Security Operations Center and/or Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT/CIRT)
  • Knowledge of adversarial activities such as intrusion set tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP)
  • Experience with ticketing systems for incident response (e.g., BMC Remedy, Service Now, RSA Archer)
  • Ability to identify cyber threats, threat vectors, threat actors, and threat trends
  • Previous experience providing detection and response to security events and incidents

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

03 Mar
2017
Cyber Incident Analyst - 2005032
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: The cyber incident analyst will extract cyber security incident data from large institutions to support cyber security research programs. The analyst will independently and proactively review and interpret incident data, identify additional data sources, and liaise with partner organizations' incident response personnel to support research requirements. A successful candidate will be able to interact with both technical and nontechnical staff and customers. The position may require traveling 20-60% of the time.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant discipline with eight (8) years of experience, or a MS degree in a relevant discipline with five (5) years of experience.

Experience/Skills/Abilities: The successful candidate will possess:

  • Previous experience analyzing network traffic and IDS events for malicious intent.
  • Strong knowledge of Cyber Threat Intelligence principles, including the ability to analyze threat campaign(s) techniques, lateral movements and indicators of compromise
  • Understanding of networking essentials including data flows, architecture, protocols, and traffic analysis
  • Working proficiency with IDS, IPS, firewall, DDoS mitigation, UTM, log management, and other devices
  • Previous experience in research and analysis of a wide variety of host based malware and Anti-Virus tools
  • Understanding of exploits, vulnerabilities, network attacks and malware
  • Specific experience with SIEM-Based log monitoring technologies and tools (e.g., SPLUNK ES, McAfee ESM and the ability to develop content, such as scripts, use cases for SIEM queries
  • Ability to develop technical solutions to complex problems independently and creatively
  • Previous experience providing detection and response to security events and incidents
  • Exemplary written communication

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Experience/Skills/Abilities: The successful candidate will possess:

  • Intermediate programming ability for data analysis including Python or R
  • Ability to quickly learn new technology and concepts
  • Prior operational experience in a Security Operations Center and/or Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT/CIRT)
  • Knowledge of adversarial activities such as intrusion set tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP)
  • Experience with ticketing systems for incident response (e.g., BMC Remedy, Service Now, RSA Archer )
  • Ability to identify cyber threats, threat vectors, threat actors, and threat trends

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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09 Feb
2017
Cyber Security Engineer - 2004923
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary:  The CERT Division is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT Division engages in cutting-edge research and development and develops and transitions disciplined approaches to improve the survivability and resiliency of the DoD, federal civilian agencies, private sector organizations and their networked information systems.

The individual in this position will work as a member of the Cybersecurity Assurance (CA) Team within the CERT Division. The CA team develops solutions (in the form of frameworks, models, tools, policies, practices, technical guidance, and training) that allow organizations to assess, analyze, and manage organizational, operational, and technical risks to mission-critical assets, processes, systems, and infrastructures.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science (or other technical field) with eight (8) years’ experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Certifications:  Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and/or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and/or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Experience: Professional experience as an information security engineer, network security architect, information systems auditor, information systems analyst, or similarly technical occupation.

Experience with and applied knowledge in:

  • Common risk and cybersecurity assessment methods
  • Data analytics and cybersecurity metrics 
  • Cybersecurity laws, regulations, and standards
  • Common network security architectures
  • Common networking protocols and services
  • Cyber security, survivability, and resilience concepts and issues
  • Software and systems engineering
  • Building and maintaining customer relationships
  • Strategic Planning and requirements definition
  • Process improvement
  • Program planning, budgeting, and management

Skills/Abilities: Must exhibit the following skills and abilities:

  • Understanding of information technology, security assessment methods, and telecommunications systems
  • Working knowledge of network interoperability, cyber security, and survivability issues, including cyber security best practices and standards
  • Working knowledge of DHS critical infrastructure sectors and related security and resilience issues
  • Working knowledge of the DoD and federal agency resilience needs and cyber security roadmaps
  • Development and delivery of information and infrastructure security risk and vulnerability evaluations
  • Ability to conduct analytical studies and investigations
  • Reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies internally and externally
  • Ability to work well as a member of a cooperative team; ability to work in a matrix organizational structure
  • Ability to recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information
  • Ability to implement project plans, monitor project budgets, and identify and mitigate project risks
  • Leadership and mentoring skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to contribute to technical research white papers and reports; ability to prepare papers and deliver presentations to technical and non-technical audiences; ability to contribute to customer technical exchanges and marketing presentations
  • Ability to work on customer sites with high-ranking members of federal agencies and DoD
  • Participation in professional society activities, particularly IEEE and ACM 

Physical/Mobility: Primarily sedentary in an office setting with some mobility. Ability to travel frequently to various locations within the SEI and CMU community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings.

Environmental Conditions: Close contact with computer for extended periods of time.

Mental: Strong interest in the human, managerial, and technical aspects of cyber security is critical for this position as are these abilities:

  • Take or share leadership role in technical projects
  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail
  • Meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities
  • Deal collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff
  • Ability to understand the direction, and goals of an effort; ability to develop and communicate innovative ideas; ability to demonstrate initiative and to quickly learn new procedures, techniques, approaches, etc.

Other: Strong interest in cyber security and critical infrastructure protection analysis basis research, applied research, and development. Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

 

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science (or related technical field) with five (5) years’ experience or equivalent experience.

Certifications:  Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), and/or GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), and/or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and/or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and/or Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

Experience: 

  • Expert experience in risk and cybersecurity assessment methods
  • Advanced knowledge of network security architectures
  • Expert knowledge in cybersecurity laws, regulations, and standards
  • Expert experience in data analytics and cybersecurity metrics
  • Experience with common penetration testing toolsets (Metasploit framework, vulnerability scanners, web application scanners, Nmap
  • Experience with common penetration testing methodologies and tactics (PTES, OWASP testing guide, etc.)

Skills/Abilities: Strong presentation/platform skills and excellent writing skills.

 

Accountability: The individual will implement and participate in the planning and execution of projects leading to technical results. The individual will also contribute to project, department, or program objectives and planning document development. The individual will keep in confidence sensitive information such as customer processes, risks, vulnerabilities, and internal work products, whether for eventual public or private distribution.

Direction: The individual is expected to act independently using CMU, SEI, and CERT defined policies, practices, and procedures – within the scope of assigned work.

Decisions: The individual must make sound technical decisions with little supervision. The individual must accurately represent the program in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public. The individual is expected to perform analysis on-site at customer locations and immediately assess potential vulnerabilities requiring further investigation.

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position could involve the training and oversight of the work of other staff members, graduate students, resident affiliates, visiting scientists, and independent contractors. Depending on research project or customer work plan, position may involve task leadership.

 

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

60% Participate in cybersecurity assessments operating in a technical leadership role; analyze assessment data to identify risk areas and propose mitigation alternatives.

15% Participate in research into innovative and cutting-edge tools, techniques, and methods to improve cybersecurity and operational resilience; transition research into applied knowledge for customers.

10% Deliver courses in operational resilience management, cybersecurity management, and information security risk management

5% Contribute to conferences and meetings; participate in marketing calls and technical exchanges with clients; give talks and lectures as appropriate; participate on working groups for subjects of interest.

5% Contribute to and review the literature in cyber security, resilience, and software engineering.

5% Provide assistance and input to other teams and projects within the SEI.                    

100% Total Effort

 

Organizational Chart:  Director, CERT Division < Technical Director, Cyber Risk and Resilience< Technical Manager, Cybersecurity Assurance Team < Cyber Security Engineer

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

03 Feb
2017
Cyber Security Researcher - 2004883
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: The CMU/SEI Forensic Operations and Investigations team is a leading edge analytical resource focusing on critical U.S. Government (USG) needs.  For the past 10 years, CERT has provided analytical and operational support to high-profile investigations including numerous activities of national or international significance. Through this work the FOI can see the current limitations of digital analysis and incident response in the field first hand. Combining applied research with the unique talents, operational experience, research capabilities, and the vast knowledge base of Carnegie Mellon University, FOI is unmatched in its ability to develop new tools and methods to address cyber security limitations and critical gap areas.

This individual will serve in a multi-disciplinary role providing ongoing support to federal law enforcement, defense agencies, and the national intelligence community. As a member of the FOI team this candidate will provide support to on-going operations in the areas of incident response and investigation, full-spectrum digital forensics and applied research in emerging areas of cybercrime. At times, this position will require the team member to develop and deliver training modules related the aforementioned domains.

The successful candidate must have proven computer forensics experience in multi-jurisdiction criminal investigations, be self-directed, have a track record of creating interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, and demonstrate exceptionally strong presentation and instructional skills. The candidate must also be able to interact with clients and staff of all levels in a highly professional and competent manner.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline and a minimum of eight (8) years of related experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses: Certified Encase Examiner, ACE. CISSP, GIAC, SSCP, OSCP or other related/relevant certifications preferred.

Experience:  At least four or more (4+) year’s relevant experience in computer forensics, to include field and laboratory collection/imaging, analysis, with prior court room testimony preferred.  Technical experience required with host and network based forensics investigations and tools, analysis of Microsoft Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac OS operating systems, and removable media data recovery.

Skills/Abilities: Candidate must be able to prioritize workload and complete deliverables on time, have good technical problem-solving skills, have strong analytical and information organization skills, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong technical teaching skills.  Candidate must be skilled in instructional design, course development, and evaluation techniques.  Candidate must be able to multi-task and work effectively with multiple project teams and sponsors/customers. Technical proficiency with operating systems and detailed knowledge of network protocols are required.

Mobility: Sedentary in an office setting with some mobility, i.e., able to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community as well as travel to customer sites.

Environmental Conditions: Close contact with CRT for long periods of time.

Mental:  Ability to pay close attention to detail, meet deadlines, work under pressure, and communicate effectively.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

 

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline with a minimum of eight (8) years of applicable experience; MS in Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline with a minimum of five  (5) years of applicable experience; PhD in Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline with a minimum of two (2) years of applicable experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience: Experience with state or federal law enforcement organization; operational knowledge of recently enacted state and federal laws and procedures relating to computer forensics investigations; coordination with criminal investigators, including courtroom testimony. 

Skills/Abilities:

  • Penetration Testing
  • Information and network security including experience with IDS/IPS
  • Knowledge of common vulnerabilities, exploits and mitigations
  • Digital Forensics (host, network and mobile devices)
  • Incident Response
  • Ability to research and characterize security threats including defining appropriate countermeasures
  • Hardware or software reverse engineering for either vulnerability discovery/assessment or malware analysis
  • Virtual infrastructure and hypervisors
  • Experience with common security controls including firewalls, proxies, IDS/IPS, Web Application Firewalls
  • Technical knowledge of fundamental Internet protocols, services, and technologies to include HTTP, TLS, DNS, SMTP, TCP/IP, ICMP, AJAX, JSON, REST
  • 2+ years with a scripting language including SQL, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Perl, PHP and/or shell scripting

 

Accountability:  The incumbent is accountable for the definition, creation, and maintenance of final deliverables and products.

Direction: The incumbent is expected to act independently using CMU and SEI defined policies, practices, and procedures.

Decisions:  Required to design, develop, pilot and deliver products.  Required to accurately represent NSS and its technical work in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public.

Supervision:  Contributes to hiring decisions of program staff; mentors junior staff; supervises student interns.  The experienced candidate may perform project management responsibilities.

 

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

55%     Operational support for SEI customers.

20%     Perform applied research in emerging areas of digital forensics.

15%     Deliver technical and management training to customers.

5%       Mentor, guide and interact with team and other staff.

5%       Contribute to the research and technical agendas of the FOI.       

100% Total Effort

 

Organizational Chart:  CERT Division Director, Technical Director, Cyber Security Solutions > Deputy Director, Cyber Security Solutions > Technical Manager, Forensic Operations and Investigations > Cyber Security Researcher

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

31 Jan
2017
Cyber Security Engineer - Risk and Resilience - 2004871
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Position Summary: The CERT Program is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Arlington, Virginia. The CERT Program engages in cutting-edge research and development to improve the state of cybersecurity. As an Cyber Security Engineer, you have a strong desire and drive to contribute to team and customer objectives.

You are a team player with problem-solving skills and demonstrate solid presentation and writing skills. You are able to interact with clients and staff in a highly professional and competent manner. You enjoy the flexibility of an organization that values hard work but appreciates work-life balance and professional development. In your role, you will

  • Research and contribute to improvements in National and organizational policy
  • analyze and measure effectiveness of policy and governance
  • contribute to roadmaps for improvement of cybersecurity capabilities
  • assist in implementation of policy and governance
  • participate in applied research

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training:  BS in relevant field or equivalent experience in professional position; MS degree preferred.

Experience: Experience in information security policy, governance, or leadership. Other potential career backgrounds include: audit, IT security, compliance, project management or similar technical occupation.

Experience and familiarity with;

  • cybersecurity concepts and technical implementations
  • cybersecurity standards, policies, and frameworks
  • strategic planning
  • metrics and measurements methodologies

Travel: Up to 25% travel to various customer locations

Physical Mobility:  Primarily sedentary in an office setting with some mobility, i.e., able to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community as well as travel to customer sites.

Environmental Conditions:  normal office conditions; however close contact with CRT for prolonged periods.

Mental:

  • ability to meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities
  • ability to collaborate diplomatically and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
 

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

70%   Participate as a team member in customer engagement to develop, analyze, and implement cybersecurity policy.

15%   Participate in research into innovative and cutting-edge tools, techniques, and methods to improve cyber security, policy/governance, and resilience; transition research into applied knowledge for customers.

5%   Support conferences, workshops, and meetings as a team contributor.

10%   Engage in professional development activities.

100% TOTAL EFFORT
 

Organizational Chart: Director CERT Program < Technical Director, Cybersecurity Risk and Resilience Directorate < Technical Manager, Cybersecurity Risk Management Team< Cyber Security Engineer – Risk and Resilience

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

 

 

11 Jan
2017
Senior Software Assurance Engineer - 2002744
Operating Location Boston - Bedford, MA

Position Summary: The CERT program of the Software Engineering Institute is looking to fill a leadership position improving the cyber security of acquisitions in the Air Force. This high visibility, high impact position will be responsible for helping senior leaders of Air Force programs improve the cyber resiliency of software intensive systems throughout the acquisition lifecycle, from requirements to development to deployment and sustainment.

This Senior Member of the Cyber Security Foundations directorate will be responsible for leading cross functional teams that enable the organizations within the Air Force to enhance the predictable performance and mission assurance in the acquisition, evolution and operations of software-reliant systems. Key activities include understanding customer requirements and key challenge problems and addressing them with tailored solutions; applying, adapting, integrating, verifying and transitioning applicable research and practices to maximize impact; creating, applying and codifying new approaches to support customer needs and advance the software security state of the practice; and maintaining situational awareness in technical and DoD domains. The candidate will coordinate closely with technical staff in CERT and other SEI programs to deliver cyber security technical expertise to customers throughout the life-cycle.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with ten (10) years applicable experience; MS or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with eight (8) years applicable experience; PhD or equivalent degree in relevant discipline with five (5) years applicable experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience: The candidate must have experience in software engineering, development or management, and/or systems engineering. Must be knowledgeable of the software engineering and system engineering disciplines as well as understanding the DoD acquisition processes and relevant cyber security processes, such as the Risk Management Framework (RMF). The candidate should have experience building, leading, managing and participating on cross-functional, high technology teams, should be able to operate effectively with all organizations within the software and acquisition communities and be able to interact diplomatically with partners, customers and sponsors.

Skills/Abilities: Detailed knowledge of cyber security and mission assurance in the acquisition process; detailed knowledge of at least one core competency: requirements, architecture and design, program and acquisition management, performance improvement, or assurance.  Experience in five or more of the following: DoD software systems acquisition on major programs (For the purposes of this announcement, our definition of major is at least 100K SLOC of custom developed code, and/or significant integration of COTS/GOTS products); solid technical breadth and understanding of all aspects of the end-to-end software lifecycle (e.g., requirements, design, implementation, testing, etc.); alternative life cycles (e.g. waterfall, agile); major DoD software acquisition policies and directives; enterprise architecture ; software architecture development and evaluation, software architecture patterns (e.g. SOA) and concepts (e.g. Cloud computing); information Assurance/survivability; systems engineering on software intensive systems; COTS product integration; performance measurement including definition and application of goals, measurements and metric; system of systems engineering; requirements development and management; software integration and test and software/hardware integration; deployment of software intensive systems, especially including transition from legacy systems; cost estimation.

Strong written and verbal communications skills and the ability to present to high visibility stakeholders internal and external to the organization.  Proven program and project management skills including: interfacing with clients, developing proposals, and establishing relationships with new DoD and/or government clients and programmatic and project management skills (e.g., ability to develop project plans, track deliverables, manage risks, perform staff planning, provide budget oversight).  Ability to lead and participate in multidisciplinary teams.

Mobility: Will be required to travel on overnight assignments.

Environmental Conditions: Usual office setting, close contact with computer for prolonged periods of time.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

 

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Systems Engineering, Software Engineering, or Acquisition Management.

Licenses: Certified DoD Acquisition Professional. Certified PMP.

 

Accountability:  The member will be directly accountable for understanding DoD acquisition and cyber security needs, applying new technologies, and establishing delivery capabilities to meet the needs of the sponsoring organization and the acquisition community.

Direction:  As a technical staff member, he/she will be expected to operate with minimum supervision using CMU and SEI defined practice, policies and procedures, in concert with the SEI mission.

Decisions:  Will be required to work with government program offices to identify strengths and weaknesses within the acquisition program and their contractor base and build solutions to address the weaknesses and recognize and encourage the strengths.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  Must be able to lead and supervise others.

 

Job Functions or Responsibility:

65%  Participate as a leader or member of technical teams in support of government acquisition program offices or participate as a member of a technical team performing research. Identify and support the implementation strategies for the capture and application of learning and knowledge transfer from assignments (e.g. dissemination of research results, case studies, guides, reports, presentations, articles, workshops, courses, and blog entries).

20%  Work with managers, business developers, current customers, and prospective customers to identify and define value-delivering opportunities and capture work.

10%  Other duties as assigned by management.

5%  Serve in an advisory capacity to other SEI technical programs on acquisition or technical issues.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

 

Organizational Chart:  SEI Director’s Office < Director, CERT < Technical Director, Cyber Security Foundations < Technical Manager

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran.

11 Jan
2017
Senior Software Security Engineer - 2004716
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: The Secure Coding Team, of the world renowned CERT division of the Software Engineering Institute, is a pioneer of the identification and development of secure coding and secure software development practices.  We are looking for exceptional candidates to help us continue our legacy of ground-breaking improvements for securing software during development.  Software has never been more important to our lives and our national security, nor has software insecurity ever been a greater risk.

Joining the Secure Coding team, you will work with world-class cyber security experts to help software developers and software development organizations reduce vulnerabilities resulting from coding errors before they are deployed. We identify common programming errors that lead to software vulnerabilities, establish standard secure coding standards, develop tools to evaluate and improve software, educate software developers, and advance the state of the practice in secure coding that leads to secure software systems.

The successful candidate will lead and participate in research and engineering projects that identify and implement best practices for organizations to develop secure software systems.  This will include developing and applying guidelines for writing secure code in C, C++, Java, and other popular languages.  It also includes developing and using tools to verify that software is developed securely.  The candidate will work directly with customers to: develop and provide training in secure coding practices; evaluate, extend, and use tools to improve and automate source code analysis; review and improve code bases to ensure that best practices are being followed; and enhance the customers’ organizational capabilities to produce secure software systems. The candidate will be expected to write reports and deliver presentations that explain the findings of research and software evaluations, helping customers improve their software to meet the security and privacy needs of their users.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, or Information Systems Management with ten (10) years applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities: Successful candidates will have the ability to:

  • Develop and analyze source code in common programming languages such as C, C#, C++, Java, and Python, with a focus on secure coding principles and practices
  • Use static and dynamic analysis tools to evaluate software to find and remove vulnerabilities
  • Build and configure various software build enviornments, and build custom tools to integrate and automate the use of software building and analysis tools
  • Develop and implement novel and advanced software analysis techniques
  • Develop and modify compilers and interpreters, understanding the underlying computer and compiler architectures, algorithms, performance trade-offs, and impact of optimization techniques on security issues
  • Lead projects in a team environment with other team members with varying skills, experience and locations
  • Plan and organize the evaluation approach for projects, including the collection and analysis of data from multiple sources, generate defensible results, and represent them in reporting products and interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public
  • Recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information such as source code and software weaknesses and vulnerabilities
  • Develop and explain technical decisions and recommendations effectively with technical and non-technical audiences through verbal and written communications that lead to actionable and measurable improvements
  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail required to identify defects and weaknesses in large software systems, and to identify development process improvement opportunities.
  • Be self-motivated and capable of self-learning to maintain a working knowledge of the ever-changing software development landscape.

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting; ability to travel to various locations within the SEI and Carnegie Mellon community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings with some frequency.

Environmental Conditions:  Normal office conditions, close contact with computer for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and changing priorities; pay attention to detail; meet inflexible deadlines; deal with challenges while maintaining composure; work with sensitive information.       

Other:  Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

 

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, or Information Systems Management with eight (8) years applicable experience; or PhD in those disciplines with five (5) years applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Work with DoD and other US Government software-intensive systems programs and software maintenance groups, understanding their unique needs, proposing and closing work to meet their needs, and lead projects to develop solutions that address their secure software development and acquisition needs.
  • Representing DoD and US Government program constituency and perspective based on experience to other team members to aid in developing relevant research and development proposals and solutions.
  • Transitioning knowledge, tools, and other work products from research projects to DoD and other US Government partners.
  • Develop approaches to address software assurance in the risk management framework context.
  • Develop and analyze software for specific platforms, such as mobile platforms and embedded systems.
  • Evaluate software assurance using a range of methods, such as dynamic and binary analysis, model checking, assertions, and semantic formalizations.

 

Accountability: Contributes to program objectives and plans development.

Direction: Performs under minimal supervision, independent judgment is encouraged.  Most normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently with the use of established procedures and policies.  Difficult or unique situations are referred to the supervisor. Ability to work directly on-site at a customer location with minimal direct supervision from direct supervisor.

Decisions: Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

 

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

40%     Lead and directly support customer work in secure coding, verification and validation techniques, and technical training.  Tailor our current offerings to provide value to customers by evaluating their software, software development, and software acquisition/procurement practices, and providing improvement recommendations.  Communicate the findings of such evaluations through reports and presentations. Build new tools and capabilities that improve our ability to meet customer needs.

30%     Contribute to internally funded research projects, developing experimentation environments, evaluating secure software development practices, and communicating results internally and externally in reports and presentations.

15%     Codify knowledge that has been gained through customer and research projects to expand and update knowledge transfer materials, such as Secure Coding guidelines, training materials, and tools.

15%     Develop knowledge and understanding of SEI capabilities; influence new SEI capabilities to be more applicable to customer problems; work directly with other SEI staff supporting the community with disciplines related to secure coding and secure development, sometimes in leadership role.

100%      TOTAL EFFORT

 

Organizational Chart: CERT Director < CERT/CSF Technical Director < CERT/Secure Coding Technical Manager < Senior Software Security Engineer

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

 

11 Jan
2017
Software Security Analyst - 2004717
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: The Secure Coding Team, of the world renowned CERT division of the Software Engineering Institute, is a pioneer of the identification and development of secure coding and secure software development practices. We are looking for exceptional candidates to help us continue our leadership of ground-breaking improvements for securing software during development. Software has never been more important to our lives and our national security, nor has software insecurity ever been a greater risk.

Joining the Secure Coding team, you will work with world-class cyber security experts to help software developers and software development organizations reduce vulnerabilities resulting from coding errors before they are deployed. We identify common programming errors that lead to software vulnerabilities, establish standard secure coding standards, develop tools to evaluate and improve software, educate software developers, and advance the state of the practice in secure coding that leads to secure software systems.

The successful candidate will participate in research and engineering projects that identify and implement best practices for organizations to develop secure software systems. This will include developing and applying guidelines for writing secure code in C, C++, Java, and other popular languages. It also includes developing and using tools to verify that software is developed securely. The candidate will work directly with customers to: develop and provide training in secure coding practices; evaluate, extend, and use tools to improve and automate source code analysis; review and improve code bases to ensure that best practices are being followed; and enhance the customers’ organizational capabilities to produce secure software systems. The candidate will be expected to write reports and deliver presentations that explain the findings of research and software evaluations, helping customers improve their software to meet the security and privacy needs of their users.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, or Information Systems Management with three (3) years applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities: Successful candidates will have the ability to:

  • Develop and analyze source code in common programming languages such as C, C#, C++, Java, and Python, with a focus on secure coding principles and practices
  • Use static and dynamic analysis tools to evaluate software to find and remove vulnerabilities
  • Build and configure various software build environments, and build custom tools to integrate and automate the use of software building and analysis tools
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, generate defensible results, and represent them in reporting products and interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public
  • Contribute in a team environment with other team members with varying skills, experience and locations
  • Recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information such as source code and software weaknesses and vulnerabilities
  • Develop and explain technical decisions and recommendations effectively with technical and non-technical audiences through verbal and written communications that lead to actionable and measurable improvements
  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail required to identify defects and weaknesses in large software systems, and to identify development process improvement opportunities.
  • Be self-motivated and capable of self-learning to maintain a working knowledge of the ever-changing software development landscape.

Mobility: Primarily sedentary, long periods of sitting; ability to travel to various locations within the SEI and Carnegie Mellon community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings with some frequency.

Environmental Conditions: Normal office conditions, close contact with computer for prolonged periods of time.

Mental: Ability to work under pressure and changing priorities; pay attention to detail; meet inflexible deadlines; deal with challenges while maintaining composure; work with sensitive information.

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Information Science, Information Systems Management with one (1) year applicable experience.

Skills/Abilities: Develop and analyze software for specific platforms, such as mobile platforms and embedded systems.

Accountability: Contributes to program objectives and plans development.

Direction: Performs under minimal supervision, independent judgment is encouraged. Most normal duties and responsibilities are handled independently with the use of established procedures and policies. Difficult or unique situations are referred to the supervisor. Ability to work directly on-site at a customer location with minimal direct supervision from direct supervisor.

Decisions: Participate in conferences and workshops where security-related issues are discussed as required.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

40% Directly support customer work in secure coding, verification and validation techniques, and technical training. Tailor our current offerings to provide value to customers by evaluating their software, software development, and software acquisition/procurement practices, and providing improvement recommendations. Communicate the findings of such evaluations through reports and presentations. Build new tools and capabilities that improve our ability to meet customer needs.

30% Contribute to internally funded research projects, developing experimentation environments, evaluating secure software development practices, and communicating results internally and externally in reports and presentations.

15% Codify knowledge that has been gained through customer and research projects to expand and update knowledge transfer materials, such as Secure Coding guidelines, training materials, and tools.

15% Develop knowledge and understanding of SEI capabilities; learn how SEI capabilities can be applied to customer problems; work directly with SEI staff supporting the community with disciplines related to secure coding and secure development.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: CERT Director < CERT/CSF Technical Director < CERT/Secure Coding Technical Manager < Software Security Analyst.

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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08 Dec
2016
Cyber Security Engineer - 2004578
Operating Location SA - San Antonio, TX

Position Summary: As a member of CERT's Workforce Development program, the candidate will work with other team members in developing cyber-security training exercises and simulations, primarily for US military/government customers. This involves interacting directly with customers, gathering training requirements and objectives, producing and facilitating creative and engaging exercise scenarios, and building supporting physical and virtualized systems and network topologies. As such, the candidate will work regularly with a wide range of software and hardware technologies within CERT labs. The candidate may also assist in developing and teaching cyber security training content to external customers. The candidate will also be involved software and hardware prototype development. Additionally, the position requires the candidate to have demonstrated and effective leadership/management abilities as he/she may supervise and evaluate full time direct reports as well as the activities of graduate student assistants. The successful candidate must be self-directed, have an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, and work well communicating technical information to technical and non-technical users. The candidate must also be able to interact with clients and staff of all levels in a highly professional and competent manner.

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or related discipline with eight (8) years applicable working experience in information technology, Master’s degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or related discipline with five (5) years of applicable working experience in information technology, PhD Computer Science, Information Science, or related discipline with two (2) years of applicable working experience in information technology, or equivalent combination of training or experience.

Experience: Successful candidates must possess "hands-on" experience with Computer/Network Security and I.T. system and network administration. Additionally, he/she must have practical experience with Windows server and desktop platforms and Linux/Unix operating systems. The candidate must have experience in network design and troubleshooting and implementing standard networking protocols. Additionally, demonstrated practical experience working with common commercial and open-source cyber security tools is required. The candidate should have some experience teaching technical content to students, peers, and non-technical individuals and must enjoy doing so.

Skills/Abilities: Candidate must be able to prioritize workload and complete deliverables on time, have good technical problem-solving skills, strong analytical and information organization skills, excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong technical teaching skills. Candidate must be able to multitask and work effectively with multiple project teams and sponsors/customers. Experience with virtualization technologies, particularly VMWare ESX server is highly desired. Programming experience in C, C++, C#, Python, and Java is also highly desirable.

Physical Mobility: Sedentary in an office setting with some mobility, i.e., able to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community as well as travel to customer sites.

Environmental Conditions: Close contact with computer for long periods of time.

Mental: Ability to pay close attention to detail, meet deadlines, work under pressure, and communicate effectively

Other: Candidates will be subject to a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS and MS in Computer Science; training in enterprise security tools (i.e. McAfee ePO/HIPS, ArcSight, etc.)

Licenses: CISSP, Network+, Security+ and/or other industry standard certifications

Experience: US military service in a series of positions involving information technology, cyber security, and management of large scale government networks.

Skills/Abilities: Strong presentation/platform skills and excellent writing skills

Accountability: The incumbent is accountable for the definition, creation, and maintenance of final deliverables and products and may manage unclassified/classified DoD projects in excess of $3M annually.

Direction: The incumbent is expected to act independently using CMU and SEI defined policies, practices, and procedures.

Decisions: The incumbent must use good judgment to solve customer and personnel problems and is required to envision, design, develop, pilot, and deliver new capabilities, products, and services. Candidate will also be required to accurately represent SEI/CERT and its technical work in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public.

Supervisory Responsibilities:The incumbent may have at least 2 direct reports as well as up to 15 secondary reports and will be required to provide performance management, career guidance, and take personnel corrective actions as required.

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

10% Design and develop technical documents and instructional materials.

10% Research, evaluate, develop, install/configure hardware and software including promising new technologies that require examination for cyber security research and development.

10% Deliver technical and management training to customers.

55% Mentor, guide and interact with team and other staff.

15% Contribute to transition planning and strategy.

100% TOTAL EFFORT

Organizational Chart: Director, CERT Division < Technical Director, Cyber Security Solutions Directorate < Technical Manager, Cyber Workforce Development Initiative < Cyber Workforce Development Team Lead < Cyber Security Engineer - Exercise Developer

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

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23 Nov
2016
Cyber Security Engineer - Penetration Tester - 2004519
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

This position can be located in Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA.

Position Summary:  The CERT Division is part of the SEI, a federally funded research and development center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The CERT Division engages in cutting-edge research and development and develops and transitions disciplined approaches to improve the survivability and resiliency of the DoD, federal civilian agencies, private sector organizations and their networked information systems.

The individual in this position will work as a member of the Cybersecurity Assurance (CA) Team within the Networked Systems Survivability Program. The CA team develops solutions (in the form of frameworks, models, tools, policies, practices, technical guidance, and training) that allow organizations to assess, analyze, and manage organizational, operational, and technical risks to mission-critical assets, processes, systems, and infrastructures.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science (or other technical field) with eight (8) years’ experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Certifications:  Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), and/or Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Experience: Professional experience as a penetration tester, system or network administrator, information systems auditor, software engineer, information systems analyst, or similarly technical occupation.

Experience with and applied knowledge in:

  • Common penetration testing methodologies and tactics (PTES, OWASP testing guide, etc.)

  • Popular penetration testing toolsets (Metasploit framework, vulnerability scanners, web application scanners, Nmap)

  • Knowledge of common networking protocols and services

  • Basic knowledge of exploit development and application fuzzing

  • Windows and Linux Operating System environments, networking devices, and common database platforms

  • Cyber security, survivability, and resilience concepts and issues

  • Software and systems engineering

  • Building and maintaining customer relationships

  • Data analytics and quantitative measures

  • Strategic Planning and requirements definition

  • Process improvement

  • Program planning, budgeting, and management

Skills/Abilities: Must exhibit the following skills and abilities:

  • Understanding of information technology, penetration testing, and telecommunications systems

  • Working knowledge of network interoperability, cyber security, and survivability issues, including cyber security best practices and standards

  • Working knowledge of DHS critical infrastructure sectors and related security and resilience issues

  • Working knowledge of the DoD and Agency resilience needs and cyber security roadmaps

  • Development and delivery of information and infrastructure security risk and vulnerability evaluations

  • Ability to conduct analytical studies and investigations

  • Reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision

  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse constituencies internally and externally

  • Ability to work well as a member of a cooperative team; ability to work in a matrix organizational structure

  • Ability to recognize and deal appropriately with confidential and sensitive information

  • Ability to implement project plans, monitor project budgets, and identify and mitigate project risks

  • Leadership and mentoring skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to contribute to technical research white papers and reports; ability to prepare papers and deliver presentations to technical and non-technical audiences; ability to contribute to customer technical exchanges and marketing presentations

  • Ability to work on customer sites with high-ranking members of the Federal Government and US

  • Participation in professional society activities, particularly IEEE and ACM 

Physical/Mobility: Primarily sedentary in an office setting with some mobility. Ability to travel frequently to various locations within the SEI and CMU community, customer sites, conferences, and offsite meetings.

Environmental Conditions: Close contact with computer for extended periods of time.

Mental: Strong interest in the human, managerial, and technical aspects of cyber security is critical for this position as are these abilities:

  • Take or share leadership role in technical projects

  • Work meticulously with careful attention to detail

  • Meet deadlines while working on multiple tasks – sometimes under pressure and with shifting priorities

  • Deal collaboratively, diplomatically, and successfully with customers, co-workers and other professional colleagues, managers, and staff

  • Ability to understand the direction, and goals of an effort; ability to develop and communicate innovative ideas; ability to demonstrate initiative and to quickly learn new procedures, techniques, approaches, etc.

Other: Must be able to work independently and travel as needed; this position requires frequent solo travel by car to customer sites in remote areas. Strong interest in cyber security and critical infrastructure protection analysis basis research, applied research, and development.  Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.

 

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: MS in Computer Science (or related technical field) with five (5) years’ experience or equivalent experience.

Certifications:  Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA),

Experience: 

  • Expert proficiency with a variety of technical vulnerability analysis tools
  • Advanced penetration testing experience
  • Software development experience and advanced exploit development

Skills/Abilities: Strong presentation/platform skills and excellent writing skills.

 

Accountability: The individual will implement and participate in the planning and execution of projects leading to technical results. The individual will also contribute to project, department, or program objectives and planning document development. The individual will keep in confidence sensitive information such as customer processes, risks, vulnerabilities, and internal work products, whether for eventual public or private distribution.

Direction: The individual is expected to act independently using CMU, SEI, and NSS defined policies, practices, and procedures – within the scope of assigned work.

Decisions: The individual must make sound technical decisions with little supervision. The individual must accurately represent the program in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public. The individual is expected to perform analysis on-site at customer locations and immediately assess potential vulnerabilities requiring further investigation. 

Supervisory Responsibilities: This position could involve the training and oversight of the work of other staff members, graduate students, resident affiliates, visiting scientists, and independent contractors. Depending on research project or customer work plan, position may involve task leadership.

 

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

60% Participate in risk and vulnerability assessments operating in a technical leadership role; analyze assessment data to identify risk areas and propose mitigation alternatives.

15% Participate in research into innovative and cutting-edge tools, techniques, and methods to improve cyber security and penetration testing; transition research into applied knowledge for customers.

10% Deliver courses on offensive security tools and tactics and penetration testing management.

5% Contribute to conferences and meetings; participate in marketing calls and technical exchanges with clients; give talks and lectures as appropriate; participate on working groups for subjects of interest.

5% Contribute to and review the literature in cyber security, resilience, and software engineering.

5% Provide assistance and input to other teams and projects within the SEI.                     

100% Total Effort

 

Organizational Chart:  Director, CERT Division < Technical Director, Cyber Security Solutions Directorate < Deputy Director, Cyber Security Solutions Directorate < Technical Manager, Cybersecurity Assurance Team < Cyber Security Engineer

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

 

 

14 Nov
2016
Machine Learning Research Scientist - 2004458
Pittsburgh, PA or Arlington, VA

Machine Learning researchers at the SEI help our government and industry clients solve their problems using ML technology. In this role, you will work with our customers to identify areas where advanced statistical techniques can help solve problems, plan and develop prototype solutions, and build out final products. You'll get a chance to work with elite cybersecurity professionals and university faculty to build new technologies that will influence national cybersecurity strategy for decades to come. You will co-author research proposals, execute studies, and present findings to DoD sponsors and at academic conferences.

Our team works on a wide range of projects. Some of our current work includes developing metrics and experimental designs for large-scale cybersecurity research programs, researching human-in-the-loop machine learning, and building classifiers to identify security vulnerabilities in code. We have access to a wide variety of cyber-related data, including malware samples, netflow data, cybersecurity training runs and tests, incident tickets, and more. If you are a computer science or statistics expert with an interest in cybersecurity, we want to hear from you!

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in machine learning, cybersecurity, statistics, or related quantitative field with four years of experience.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Solid grasp of statistical modeling techniques
  • Comfortable working in the Unix command line
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment
  • Superb communication skills

Experience with specific methods is less important than evidence that you can learn.

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements:

MS/PhD in machine learning, computer science, statistics, or other related quantitative field, plus two years of experience.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Expertise implementing machine learning techniques (e.g., K-means, SVM, neural networks)
  • Familiar with at least one mathematical/statistical programming package (e.g., python numpy/scipy/pandas, R, MATLAB, etc.)
  • Strong software engineering skills
  • Cybersecurity or privacy experience
  • Experience supporting test and evaluation for large-scale government research programs is a plus

Note that you will undergo a background check and must be eligible to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance. Additionally, Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran.

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29 Sep
2016
Senior Cyber Security Researcher - 2004139
Pittsburgh, PA

Position Summary: The CMU/SEI Forensic Operations and Investigations team is a leading edge analytical resource focusing on critical U.S. Government (USG) needs.  For the past 10 years, CERT has provided analytical and operational support to high-profile investigations including numerous activities of national or international significance. Through this work the FOI can see the current limitations of digital analysis and incident response in the field first hand. Combining applied research with the unique talents, operational experience, research capabilities, and the vast knowledge base of Carnegie Mellon University, FOI is unmatched in its ability to develop new tools and methods to address cyber security limitations and critical gap areas.

This individual will serve in a multi-disciplinary role providing ongoing support to federal law enforcement, defense agencies, and the national intelligence community. As a member of the FOI team this candidate will provide support to on-going operations in the areas of incident response and investigation, full-spectrum digital forensics and applied research in emerging areas of cybercrime. At times, this position will require the team member to develop and deliver training modules related the aforementioned domains.

The successful candidate must have proven computer forensics experience in multi-jurisdiction criminal investigations, be self-directed, have a track record of creating interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, and demonstrate exceptionally strong presentation and instructional skills. The candidate must also be able to interact with clients and staff of all levels in a highly professional and competent manner.

 

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements:

Education/Training: BS Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline and a minimum of ten (10) years of related experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses: Certified Encase Examiner, ACE. CISSP, GIAC, SSCP, OSCP or other related/relevant certifications preferred.

Experience:  At least four or more (4+) year’s relevant experience in computer forensics, to include field and laboratory collection/imaging, analysis, with prior court room testimony preferred.  Technical experience required with host and network based forensics investigations and tools, analysis of Microsoft Windows, Unix/Linux and Mac OS operating systems, and removable media data recovery.

Skills/Abilities: Candidate must be able to prioritize workload and complete deliverables on time, have good technical problem-solving skills, have strong analytical and information organization skills, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and strong technical teaching skills.  Candidate must be skilled in instructional design, course development, and evaluation techniques.  Candidate must be able to multi-task and work effectively with multiple project teams and sponsors/customers. Technical proficiency with operating systems and detailed knowledge of network protocols are required.

Mobility: Sedentary in an office setting with some mobility, i.e., able to travel to various locations within the SEI and CMU community as well as travel to customer sites.

Environmental Conditions: Close contact with CRT for long periods of time.

Mental:  Ability to pay close attention to detail, meet deadlines, work under pressure, and communicate effectively.

Other:  U.S. Citizenship is required.  Applicants selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

 

Preferred Qualifications and Requirements

Education/Training: BS in Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline with a minimum of ten (10) years of applicable experience; MS in Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline with a minimum of eight (8) years of applicable experience; PhD in Computer Science, Information Security or other related discipline with a minimum of five (5) years of applicable experience; or equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience: Experience with state or federal law enforcement organization; operational knowledge of recently enacted state and federal laws and procedures relating to computer forensics investigations; coordination with criminal investigators, including courtroom testimony. 

Skills/Abilities:

  • Penetration Testing

  • Information and network security including experience with IDS/IPS

  • Knowledge of common vulnerabilities, exploits and mitigations

  • Digital Forensics (host, network and mobile devices)

  • Incident Response

  • Ability to research and characterize security threats including defining appropriate countermeasures

  • Hardware or software reverse engineering for either vulnerability discovery/assessment or malware analysis

  • Virtual infrastructure and hypervisors

  • Experience with common security controls including firewalls, proxies, IDS/IPS, Web Application Firewalls

  • Technical knowledge of fundamental Internet protocols, services, and technologies to include HTTP, TLS, DNS, SMTP, TCP/IP, ICMP, AJAX, JSON, REST

  • 2+ years with a scripting language including SQL, Python, Ruby, JavaScript, Perl, PHP and/or shell scripting

 

Accountability:  The incumbent is accountable for the definition, creation, and maintenance of final deliverables and products.

Direction: The incumbent is expected to act independently using CMU and SEI defined policies, practices, and procedures.

Decisions:  Required to design, develop, pilot and deliver products.  Required to accurately represent NSS and its technical work in interactions with customers, sponsors, and the public.

Supervision:  Contributes to hiring decisions of program staff; mentors junior staff; supervises student interns.  The experienced candidate may perform project management responsibilities.

 

Job Functions or Responsibilities:

55%     Operational support for SEI customers.

20%     Perform applied research in emerging areas of digital forensics.

15%     Deliver technical and management training to customers.

5%       Mentor, guide and interact with team and other staff.

5%       Contribute to the research and technical agendas of the FOI. 

 

Organizational Chart:  CERT Division Director, Technical Director, Cyber Security Solutions > Deputy Director, Cyber Security Solutions > Technical Manager, Forensic Operations and Investigations > Senior Cyber Security Researcher

 

Carnegie Mellon University is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/Disability/Veteran

 

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