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Sr. Principal Cyber Protection Engineer

San Diego, CA, USA | Northrop Grumman

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    7-10 years
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We are looking for multiple Senior Principal Cyber Protection Engineers for our Defense Systems sector.The qualified applicants will become part of the Aerospace Cyber Effects (ACE) Group.These positions can be located in San Diego CA, Los Angeles CA, San Francisco CA, or Virtual / telework with regular travel (approximately 30%) to a local Northrop Grumman facility and customer locations.

As a member of the ACE Group, you will develop, deliver, and mitigate non-kinetic/cyber weapons targeting Weapons Systems.

Your duties will be to:

Research and identify vulnerabilities on avionics and embedded systems

Perform vulnerability analysis of applications, operating systems, or weapons systems.

Evaluate system security configurations

Reverse engineer and perform analysis of complex software and systems to determine functionality, intent, and vulnerabilities of software systems

Develop cyber exploits for avionics and embedded systems

Conduct penetration tests on avionics and embedded systems

Contribute to the design, development, implementation, and integration of Offensive Cyber Operations tools on weapons systems

Contribute to the design, development, implementation, and integration of Defensive Cyber countermeasures on weapons systems

Prepare and present technical reports and briefings

Coordinate and schedule activities with key stakeholders

In this role, you will apply your extensive technical expertise, knowledge in many related disciplines, and creativity to develop solutions to some of the most challenging operational problems the US Government has. You will work independently and will be given considerable latitude in determining the correct path to accomplish the operational objectives of the customer.You will represent the organization as a prime technical contact and interact with senior customer personnel on significant technical matters.


Basic Qualifications: 

Bachelors degree and a minimum of 9 years work experience -OR- a Masters and a minimum of 7 years of work experience.May substitute an additional 4 years of related work experience in lieu of degree.

Experience conducting penetration testing

Experience conducting vulnerability research

Demonstrated excellent judgement and interpersonal skills

Ability to demonstrate excellent organizational skills

Ability to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings

Must possess an active final Secret clearance granted within 4 years of the last investigation and have the ability to

obtain/maintain access to a Special Access Program (SAP). US Citizenship required.


Preferred Qualifications: 

Experience with United States Military Operations or Intelligence Operations

Experience developing or contributing to Cyber Test Plans

Experience conducting penetration testing avionics and embedded systems

Experience identifying and developing exploits for avionics and embedded systems

Experience developing or implementing Radio Frequency waveforms using Software Defined Radios

Experience extracting software or firmware from embedded systems

Experience identifying vulnerabilities in one or more of the following software languages:





Experience working in two or more low level assembly languages

Experience with one or more of Reverse Engineering or debugging tools

Demonstrated ability to identify and develop exploits for systems, e.g. Bug Bounty awards, CVEs, or winning organized Capture-the-Flag competitions

One or more of the following certifications:

Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE)

Offensive Security Certified Exploitation Expert (OSEE)

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