Principal Cyber Tester

Requisition ID: R10026165

  • Category IconCategory: Information Technology
  • Location IconLocation: San Antonio - TX, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: SCI
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: Yes- May Consider Occasional/Part-Time Teleworking for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 25% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The Engineering & Sciences (E&S) organization pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission!

Northrop Grumman is a Cyber Tester to join our team in San Antonio, TX.

What You’ll get to Do:

The role is focused on adversarial vulnerability testing against DoD Cyber Security, Cyber Resiliency, and Cyber Survivability capabilities implemented in Northrop Grumman’s systems, products & services. The Cyber Tester establishes plans for DT/OT test events as dictated by DoD Acquisition milestones and executes test events plans. Team conducts full-scope vulnerability assessment, exploit development, and penetration testing against mission critical weapon systems and platforms.

Responsibilities Include:

- Code analysis & hardware/binary reverse engineering to identify functionality and vulnerabilities on hardware & software including avionics, weapon systems, and embedded systems

- Evaluation of system security configurations for effectiveness and exploitation opportunities

- Develop and execute complete adversarial cyber testing scenarios against components, applications, operating systems, or complete integrated systems

- Contribute to the design, development, implementation, and integration of Offensive Cyber Operations tools against platforms, payloads & systems

- Contribute to the design, development, implementation, and integration of system Cyber Survivability Attributes

- Contribute to the preparation of technical reports and briefings



Basic Qualifications:

- Bachelor’s degree in Software Development, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Security, or other similar STEM related degree with minimum five (5) years years of relevant professional experience (military, defense industry, cyber security); higher academic degrees can be substituted for some experience or 9 years of professional experience in leiu of a degree

- Able to communicate effectively and clearly present technical approaches and findings

- Must have software development skills to support penetration testing, including vulnerability development, R/E tool modules, covert tunneling, scanning scripts, and passive collection

- Experience identifying and developing exploits for avionics and embedded systems -

Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Top Secret/SCI access with a SSBI clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

- MS degree in Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Assurance, Cybersecurity, or other similar STEM related degree, to include 7 years of experience in Cyber Protection

- Experience developing or implementing Radio Frequency waveforms using Software Defined Radios

- Technical certifications that support pen testing such as OSCP/OSCE/OSEE, GPEN/GXPN, PenTest+

- Experience with: RTOS experience (Integrity, Nucleus, VxWorks, etc.); PowerPC, ARM, Xilinx FPGA, RISCx, other hardware computing development experience; Assembly language experience (any current architecture/OS); TCP/IP MITM, spoofing, exploitation experience; Platform communications protocol expertise (ARINC 429, MIL-STD-1553, Spacewire, etc.); Cryptanalysis and cryptosystem exploitation experience

- Understanding of and experience either executing or defending against complex, targeted cyber threats to high-value systems and data

- Must have 2 years of experience in at least three (3) of the following languages: C, C++, C#, Python, Ruby, Perl, Bourne/Bash, PowerShell, Visual Basic, VBScript, PHP, Javas cript, HTML

- Active Top Secret/SCI access with an SSBI completed within the past 4 years, is highly desirable

What We Can Offer You:

Northrop Grumman provides a comprehensive benefits package and a work environment that encourages your growth and supports the mutual success of our people and our company. Northrop Grumman benefits give you the flexibility and control to choose the benefits that make the most sense for you and your family. Your benefits will include the following:

  • Health Plan
  • Savings Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Education Assistance
  • Training and Development
  • Flexible Work Arrangements

Additional Northrop Grumman Information:

Northrop Grumman has approximately 85,000 employees in all 50 states and in more than 25 countries, we strive to attract and retain the best employees by providing an inclusive work environment wherein employees are receptive to diverse ideas, perspectives and talents to help solve our toughest customer challenges: to develop and maintain some of the most technically sophisticated products, programs and services in the world.

Our Values. The women and men of Northrop Grumman Corporation are guided by Our Values. They describe our company as we want it to be. We want our decisions and actions to demonstrate these Values. We believe that putting Our Values into practice creates long-term benefits for shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers, and the communities we serve.

Our Responsibility. At Northrop Grumman, we are committed to maintaining the highest of ethical standards, embracing diversity and inclusion, protecting the environment, and striving to be an ideal corporate citizen in the community and in the world.

Salary Range: 87400 - 131100

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. With the continuing impacts of COVID-19 around the world, we are taking action to protect the health and well-being of our colleagues and maintain the safety of the communities where we operate. As a federal contractor, and consistent with Executive Order 14042 ( we will require all newly hired employees in the United States to be fully vaccinated by January 18, 2022 or by your start date if it is after January 18th. Federal guidance allows for disability/medical and religious accommodations with respect to the vaccine requirement. Any requested accommodations must be reviewed and approved (if applicable) in advance of your start date.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.

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