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Job #: R-00068938
Location: Herndon, VA
Category: Cyber Operations
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 10% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: No
Clearance: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph
Referral Eligibility: Eligible
Referral Bonus Amount: $5000
Group: Intelligence

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Job Description:

Leidos is seeking a Cyber Security SME/Penetration Tester to perform and support activities of the group to target, assess, exploit, and report risks and vulnerabilities of organization systems in order to provide senior decision makers with actionable data to make strategic investment decisions. This position is located in Herndon, VA and requires an active TS/SCI with Polygraph in order to be considered.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Cyber Security SME will provide documentation which describes all identified system risks, planned test procedures taken, and test results.  The Cyber Security SME will perform analysis of vulnerabilities identified during the testing.  They will review and make recommendations on program-level documentation (e.g., requirements specification, system architecture, design documents, test plans, security plans, etc.).  They will create and document penetration testing security test plans and procedures.  The Cyber Security SME will conduct hands-on security testing based on the approved test plan and analyze test results, document risk, and recommend countermeasures.  They will assist in researching, evaluating, and developing relevant Information Security policies and guidance to improve security.  They will actively participate in or lead technical exchange meetings and application review boards, documenting actions items/results of these events.  The Cyber Security SME will brief management, as needed, on the status of action items and/or results of activities.

Mandatory Skills: 

  • Requires BS degree and 12 – 15 years of prior relevant experience. 

  • Demonstrated work experience in cyber security or IT related field.

  • Demonstrated experience with penetration testing from a cyber-attacker perspective with computer attack methods and system exploitation techniques.

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of cyber security principles for Linux, Windows and virtual platforms.

  • Demonstrated experience with, and knowledge of, IT security architecture and engineering.

  • Demonstrated experience performing network security analysis.

  • Demonstrated experience with network architectures and network management tools.

  • Demonstrated experience creating systems and applications security test plans and performing hands-on security testing leveraging adversarial tactics.

  • Demonstrated experience with risk management methodologies.

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing test results and suggesting mitigation plans for security problems.

  • Demonstrated experience with system configuration, development, and design specifically around enterprise systems and hypervisors.

  • Demonstrated experience with complex Windows installations. 

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience with public and private information security groups and organizations.

  • Demonstrated experience communicating vulnerability results and risk posture to senior executives.

  • Demonstrated experience with information security policies and guidance, as well as assisting in researching, evaluating, and developing relevant security policies and guidance.

  • Demonstrated experience performing complex technical tasks in pursuit of overall goals with minimal direction.

Desired Certifications (Non-Mandatory)

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
Global Information Assurance Certification Penetration Tester (GPEN)

Pay Range:

COVID Response

Effective October 1, in order to enter Leidos facilities in the US and to attend Leidos business events outside our facilities, employees will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or maintain proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 96 hours of entry.  Effective January 18, 2022, all Leidos employees must be fully vaccinated (2 weeks past final dose) unless they are entitled to a legal accommodation. If you are not vaccinated, please consider getting your COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact your Talent Acquisition POC. 

About Leidos

Leidos is a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, civil, and health markets. The company’s 43,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $12.30 billion for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2021.  For more information, visit

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, age, national origin, citizenship, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy, family structure, marital status, ancestry, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. Leidos will also consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories consistent with relevant laws.

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