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Northrop Grumman Principal Cyber Protection Engineer in Los Angeles, California

Are you interested in expanding your career through experience and exposure, all the while supporting a mission that seeks to ensure the security of our nation and its allies? If so, then Northrop Grumman may be the place for you. As a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions to customers worldwide, Northrop Grumman offers an extraordinary portfolio of capabilities and technologies. Here at Northrop Grumman we are comprised of professionals that bring different perspectives, are curious about the world, accepting of each other, and understand that the more ideas, backgrounds, and experiences we bring to our work then the more innovative we can be. As we continue to build our talented workforce we look for professionals that exemplify our core values, leadership characteristics, and approach to innovation.

We are looking for a Principal Cyber Protection Engineer for our Defense Systems sector. The qualified applicant will become part of the Advanced Cyber Effects (ACE) Group. This position will be located in Los Angeles CA with Virtual / telework and 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

  • Contribute to the preparation of technical reports and briefings

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 and support the team lead on technical matters.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and a minimum of 5 years work experience. May substitute an additional 4 years of related work experience in lieu of degree.

  • Experience conducting penetration testing or vulnerability research

  • Demonstrated excellent judgement and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to demonstrate excellent organizational skills

  • Demonstrated 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 source code

  • Experience working in one or more low level assembly language

  • 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) 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.

Job Category : Information Technology