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Hardware Exploitation Engineer

Description:Position is contingent on contract award.

This role is for a Hardware Exploitation Engineer conducting forensic examination of digital media.

• Conduct reverse-engineering, failure analysis and vulnerability analysis of hardware to identify exploitation opportunities
• Modify hardware to either enable forensic analysis of the media or to change the functionality of the hardware for other purposes
• Perform inspection, imaging, decapsulation, deprocessing and other activities related to hardware reverse engineering and exploitation in a state-of-the-art microelectronics exploitation laboratory
• Development and maintain frameworks, processes, design patterns, techniques, tools and standards for conducting hardware exploitation of digital media
• Keep abreast of and report on scientific, engineering and operation advances in hardware exploitation
• Serve as a SME for NMEC, its partners and customers
• Full-scope forensic examinations from the hardware aspect of media
• Given a target communications device, use reverse engineering tools and methods to determine vulnerabilities of the device for technical exploitation purposes
• Determine how it boots/initializes and obtaining a binary that can be used for reverse engineering
• Identify the function that respond to network connections requests, understand internal communications mechanism, outlining the general structure of the system software and determining how system state is altered/saved
• Prepare technical reports, present results, and demonstrate system capabilities to peer review groups, managers, and sponsors
• Lead teams and participate in the analysis of embedded platform firmware and operating systems to understand security vulnerabilities associated with various platform communication links
• Develop and execute test plans to ensure all requirements of developed capabilities are fully satisfied
• Using knowledge gained through the application of reverse-engineering and other research techniques, design and develop low-level C and assembly applications for embedded ARM platforms that interface directly with platform hardware
• Provide data recovery processes for hard drives, thumb drives and other kinds of media with storage capacity
Basic Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and at least five (5) years of related experience.
• DoD 8570 Compliant Certification.
• Clearance: TS/SCI w/ CI Poly
• Assembly language and C/C++ programming experience. Solid understanding of programming language and operating system concepts
• Experience requiring skills in reverse engineering of embedded systems with proprietary operating systems for the express purpose of introducing functionally to an already existing fielded system
• Experience researching a hardware platform to understand the software and hardware interaction of embedded systems
• Experience requiring knowledge of C and Assembler software development for embedded platforms that run commercial and/or custom operating systems
• Experience requiring a working knowledge of embedded system design, communications with peripheral devices at the hardware level and reverse engineering of system software
• Working experience scripting languages: shell, Perl, Python or the like
• Working experience in microprocessors/architectures: ARM, MIPS, RISC, PowerPC, XScale, StrongARM, x86
• Experience operating systems: VxWorks, Integrity, embedded Linux, Unix, Windows embedded
• Experience IDEs: Tornado, Workbench, VxSim, MULTI, TimeMachine, TraceEdge, Eagle CAD
• Experience in hardware tools and debuggers: Green Hills Proble, SuperTrace Probe, Slingshot, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, JTAG, Agilent Technologies equipment
• Working experience in software tools and debuggers: Wireshark, IDA Pro, OllyDbg, pcap, gdb, make, hex editor
• Experience requiring excellent written and verbal communications skills
Desired Skills:
• Master of Science or PhD degree degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and at least two (2) years of related experience.
• Experience with microprocessor instruction sets.
• Experience with Operating System: RTOS.
Company Name:
Security Clearance:
Top Secret / SCI + Poly
Bethesda, Maryland
United States
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