Penetration Tester

Posted 07 June 2024
Salary$100 - $150 per hour
Job type Full time
DisciplineGovernment FederalGovernment Local

Job description

Penetration Tester
  • $100 - $150 / Hourly Rate + Super
  • Canberra, City
  • 12-month contract (2 x 12-month extensions)
  • Start date 5th August, 24
About the role
DFP Recruitment are working with a Large Federal Government department to source an experienced technical cyber security resource with a background in either using or performing analysis on software vulnerabilities to assist with the workload with HOT CHIPs. The right candidate may have worked as a penetration tester or SOC analyst and will have experience assessing the likely impact of software vulnerabilities including tasks such assessing and running up proof of concept exploitation code, conducting open-source research to identify and assess emerging vulnerabilities and working to identify systems susceptible to particular software vulnerabilities. Experience in analysing vulnerabilities in ICS/OT devices is highly desirable.

There is an expectation that successful candidates will work 5 days per week (estimated 40-hour week). On boarding is in Canberra, but some remote work from other locations may be possible subject to cultural fit.

  • Maintaining visibility on new and important vulnerabilities that become known in open source.
  • Investigating those vulnerabilities to determine the risk they pose to government the Australian economy.
  • Liaising and working with other CHIPs colleagues to determine the threat posed by particular vulnerabilities to the Australian economy.
  • Informing determinations about alerting and targeted communications.
Knowledge and Experience
  • The technical mechanisms of different software vulnerabilities,
  • Different classes of vulnerabilities including – RCE, LPE.
  • Different vulnerability mechanisms including – Deserialization, path traversal, authentication bypass.
  • General technical cyber security skills including potentially skills from either an offensive or defensive perspective.
  • Possess skills in monitoring open-source vulnerability information.
  • Have experience triaging vulnerabilities against an enterprise, particularly for internet facing systems.
  • Be comfortable assessing new vulnerabilities at a time when reliable information is hard to come by.
  • Have experience working with a team to deliver time critical outcomes.
Essential criteria
  • Experience using and/or analysing software vulnerabilities (particularly remote vulnerabilities).
  • Experience building software (scripts etc) to detect and verify software vulnerabilities.
  • Experience in vulnerability management/vulnerability triage.
  • Experience analysing and searching open-source reporting for timely vulnerability information.
Desirable criteria
  • General technical cyber security skills.
  • Understanding of ICS/OT devices and potential vulnerabilities
  • Australian Citizenship and Baseline Clearance
  • Applications close 14th June, 24                                                                                                    
If you feel you are a suitable candidate submit your application by hitting ‘Apply for this job’. Alternatively, contact Mishael Solomon on 02 6162 7317 or email via for further discussion.

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