NASA IV&V Penetration Tester - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

West Virginia
United States



SAIC is the sole provider of Systems and Software Assurance Services to the NASA Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) Program located in Fairmont, West Virginia. At the NASA Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility, we support NASA's IV&V Program, delivering analysis and verification & validation of safety-critical and mission-critical software for a number of important NASA programs, including both human and robotic exploration as well as earth and space science collection platforms.


The successful candidate will learn to work independently and as a member of a team in one or more of these IV&V projects or other IV&V Program functional areas.


Responsible for simulating real-life cyber attacks with the goal of helping an organization improve its security posture. This is a highly technical hands-on role that will utilize development, 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

  • Perform full-scope penetration tests (discovery and exploitation of vulnerabilities) on network infrastructure, services, systems and desktop/web applications

  • Test the exploitation of security policies and access controls in restricted/secure environments (e.g. GPO bypass, privilege escalation and A/V evasion)

  • Possess ability 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

  • Work extensively from the Windows and UNIX/Linux command line (e.g. Bash and PowerShell)

  • Review custom applications source code for security flaws and vulnerabilities

  • Possess ability to test, identify and exploit vulnerabilities in web applications without the use of scanning tools

  • Research and formulate recommendations for vulnerabilities

  • 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

  • Ability to develop presentations and reports, document findings accurately; attention to detail is a vital skill

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to convey findings in a tactful manner with the technical proficiency level appropriate to the skills and/or understanding of the audience.

  • Critical thinking skills are a must










  • Active DoD SECRET clearance is required with the ability to be cleared up to TS/SCI 

  • 3 years hands-on experience as a penetration tester; ICS/SCADA, Cloud Computing, reverse engineering and exploit development are a plus

  • Penetration Test experience and knowledge beyond Metasploit Frameworks and vulnerability scanning tools

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering, Applied Science or similar technical discipline is required  

  • Must have a thorough knowledge beyond common network ports and protocols



Desired Qualifications


TS/SCI Clearance is preferred

Penetration Test certifications like GXPN, OSCP, OSCE are a plus