Defense Point Security
  • North Charleston, SC, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Benefits: See Below

Do you want to work for a company that is passionate about security and has a fun, start-up culture with large company perks? Do you want to be in an environment where you will continuously learn new skills, grow and take on new opportunities due to the abundance of new projects on the horizon?

If you answered yes to these questions, this opportunity could be for you! 

Defense Point Security is currently seeking a Penetration Tester with an active Secret level security clearance for an opportunity in Charleston, SC.

Penetration Tester Job Responsibilities:

  • Support adversarial operations against government customer networks. The red team shall be used to assess the network and system security posture of government customer sites. You will work as part of the red team to support onsite and remote assessments.
  • Support testing of systems on a variety of cyber ranges to include the Joint Information Operations Range and the National Cyber Range (NCR).
  • Develop tools to accomplish automated cyber security testing of systems utilizing ranges. Support administration of infrastructure located on the government site necessary to conducting testing inside ranges to include infrastructure to capture tests in action to allow for later replay and analysis. Work closely with cyber defenders to ensure that NCR conditions simulate real world cyber defense conditions where practical.
  • Support all phases of cyber security developmental test and evaluation (DT&E) to include understanding cyber security requirements for a system (Phase 1), characterizing cyber-attack surface (Phase 2), vulnerability identification (Phase 3) and adversarial DT&E (Phase 4). Participate in tabletop assessments designed to reveal the cyber-attack surface of a system under test, completing DT&E activities utilizing lab and cyber range infrastructure.
  • Provide support for Operational Cybersecurity Testing in accordance with Agency guidance or directive. Support Cooperative Vulnerability (Phase 5) and Penetration Assessment support as well as Adversarial Assessment (Phase 6) support.
  • Support development, production, review, and refinement of a training plan and curriculum necessary to ensure Red Team certification and accreditation inspections and self-assessment activities are sufficiently adequate to meet Red Team certification and accreditation needs as defined by CJCSM 6510.03 and the Cyber Red Team scoring metrics. Provide a deconstruction of all DoD Red Team policies and Enterprise Security Management (ESM) requirements and build curriculum, course ware, laboratory environments, checklists, and study aids required for all project staff in all functional areas to meet the demands of DoD Red Team certification and accreditation and self-assessment activities.
  • Utilize cloud computing infrastructure to support non-attributable red team operations.
  • Provide support necessary to maintain the Red Team's accreditation status and standing to include Registration, Verification, Validation, and Post Accreditation phases as defined by CJCSM 6510.03.

Penetration Tester Job Qualifications:

  • This position requires U.S. Citizenship due to our Federal contractual obligation
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • 3 years proven proficiency in performing vulnerability assessment and penetration testing
  • 2 years of experience with testing tools, including Nessus, Metasploit CANVAS, NMAP, Burp Suite, and Kismet
  • 2 years of experience with network vulnerability assessments and penetration testing methods
  • 2 years of experience with using, administering, and troubleshooting a major version of Linux
  • 1 year experience with writing testing assessment reports
  • Knowledge of TCP/IP protocols and networking architectures
  • Knowledge of open security testing standards and projects, including OWASP
  • Knowledge of database, applications, and Web server design and implementation
  • Experience scripting in Perl, Python, Ruby, Bash, or Java
  • Experience with wireless LAN security testing

One of the following DoD 8570 Certifications required prior to start:

  • GLSC
  • CISM
  • CISSP or Associate
  • CISA
  • GSE
  • SCNA
  • GCIH

Possess a certification in penetration testing, such as:

  • Licensed Penetration Tester (LPT)
  • Certified Expert Penetration Tester (CEPT)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification Penetration Tester (GPEN)

Job Location: Charleston, SC

Position Type: Full Time/ Regular

All candidates must be clearable.

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Defense Point Security is an IT Security Consulting firm specializing in public and private sector security solutions.  Our goal is to provide expert IT security services to our clients while cultivating information security knowledge among all employees for the advancement of cyber security.  Defense Point Security offers a competitive employment package including medical, vision, and dental insurance (among others).

Defense Point Security offers a competitive benefits package to include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance Premiums are 100% paid by DPS for employee and eligible dependents
  • Personal Accident Insurance paid by DPS
  • Life Insurance paid by DPS
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurance paid by DPS
  • 401k Contribution Matching and 100% vested after 90 days
  • Flexible Spending Accounts 
  • Commuter Assistance
  • Paid Time Off starting at 3 weeks a year (15 days)
  • 10 paid Federal Holidays
  • Capital BikeShare Membership for DC Metro Area
  • Reimbursement for qualifying training expenses
  • Flexible / Alternative Work Schedules

Defense Point Security is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse Community workforce. DPS gives equal consideration to all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, marital status, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, or any other protected class. 

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