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NASA Penetration Tester

Job ID: 2211763
Location: FAIRMONT, WV, United States
Date Posted: Aug 4, 2022
Category: Cyber
Subcategory: Cybersecurity Spec
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


SAIC supports the NASA Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, West Virginia, and is seeking an experienced Penetration Tester/Cybersecurity Specialist.

The Penetration Tester role is responsible for developing and simulating real-life cyber-attacks with the goal of helping organizations improve their security posture. This is a highly technical hands-on role that will utilize knowledge/experience in operating systems, system administration and creativity skills. It is an opportunity for a team player to enhance a world-class team and learn new skills.

  • Conduct host/network/application penetration testing as a member of a technical team
  • May lead teams for individual penetration test engagements
  • May support NASA in developing and documenting approaches to performing penetration testing
  • Perform full-scope penetration tests (discovery and exploitation of vulnerabilities) on live network infrastructure, services, Active Directory environments, and other systems/applications
  • Able to test, identify and exploit trust, misconfigurations and vulnerabilities in live MS Active Directory environments without getting detected by advanced commercial security solutions
  • Test the exploitation of security policies and access controls in restricted/secure environments (e.g. GPO bypass, privilege escalation and A/V evasion)
  • Work extensively from the Windows and UNIX/Linux command line (e.g. Bash and PowerShell)
  • Able to write scripts in PowerShell, bash and a preferred scripting language
  • Research and formulate recommendations for vulnerabilities found during assessments
  • Employ extensive use of Microsoft Office main tools: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Visio to prepare plans, reports, diagrams, tables, briefings, etc.
  • Be able to present, demonstrate, explain and document operational impact of a particular vulnerability or the combination of many vulnerabilities and flaws
  • Develop proof-of-concept examples and scenarios for reports and live demonstrations
  • Create/document tactic, techniques and procedures (TTP) to train and expand/share knowledge with customers and team members.
  • Able to review, modify and develop programs or scripts in Assembly, C++, C#, VBS, Python, Perl, Ruby, PowerShell, Bash, JavaScript, Java, PHP and other languages to exploit systems/applications, analyze data, configure systems and automate tasks
  • Review custom applications source code for security flaws and vulnerabilities
  • Able to test, identify and exploit vulnerabilities in web applications without the use of scanning tools.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and at least two (2) years or more experience; Masters and three (3) years or more experience

EDUCATION IN LIEU OF DEGREE: Three years of experience and applicable certifications may be considered in lieu of degree (but not in lieu of degree and towards the experience requirements at the same time)

COMMUNICATIONS: excellent written and verbal communications skills are required

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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