Cyber Penetration Tester

Job Locations US-VA-Arlington
Requisition ID
Position Category
Cyber Security
Top Secret
Citizen Security & Public Services


Peraton is seeking a qualified candidate will become part of Peraton’s Department of State (DoS) Diplomatic Security Cyber Mission (DSCM) program providing leading cyber and technology security experience to enable innovative, effective and secure business processes. Peraton’s DSCM program encompasses technical, engineering, data analytics, cyber security, management, operational, logistical and administrative support to aid and advise DoS Cyber & Technology Security (CTS) Directorate. This includes protecting a global cyber infrastructure comprising networks, systems, information, and mobile devices all while identifying and responding to cyber risks and threats. Those supporting Peraton’s DSCM program strive to leverage their expert knowledge and propose creative solutions to real-world cybersecurity challenges.


The Cyber Penetration Tester role will be in Arlington, VA.  This role supports the Penetration Testing (Red Cell) Team.


This is a hybrid role and will require regular onsite work in Arlington, VA 


What you’ll do:

  • Assesses the current state of the customer’s system security by identifying all vulnerabilities and security measures. Helps customer perform analysis and mitigation of security vulnerabilities.
  • Perform and report on penetration testing of systems including cloud to satisfy the NIST 800-53 CA-8 security control and using methodologies that may include, NIST SP 800-115, Penetration Testing Execution Standard (PTES), and Information Systems Security Assessment Framework (ISSAF).
  • Stay abreast of current attack vectors and unique methods for exploitation of computer networks.
  • Provide support to incident response teams through capability enhancement and reporting.
  • Assist in maintaining Red Cell infrastructure.
  • Develop or modify tools that automate discovery or exploitation (e.g. bash, Python, JavaScript, powershell).




Required Qualifications:

To be considered for this position, you must minimally meet the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below: 

  • A Bachelor of Science degree and at least 5 years of penetration testing experience is required. In lieu of a Bachelor's degree, 4 years of additional experience may be substituted 
  • US citizenship required with the ability to obtain interim Top Secret security clearance before starting.
  • Requires one of the following certifications or the ability to obtain before start date:  CCNA Cyber Ops, CCNA, CEH, CFR, Cloud+ , CySA+ , GCIA, GCIH, GICSP, Security+ CE, or SSCP.
  • Basic understanding of networking and security principles.
  • Familiar in evaluating system security configurations.
  • Understand common Web Application vulnerabilities like SQLi, XSS, CSRF, and HTTP Flooding.
  • Experience with penetration testing tools such as Metasploit, Burp Suite, Nmap, etc.
  • Fundamentals of network routing & switching and assessing network device configurations
  • Familiarity in evaluating findings and performing root cause analysis.
  • Ability to work alone or in a small group.



At Peraton, our benefits are designed to help keep you at your best beyond the work you do with us daily. We’re fully committed to the growth of our employees. From fully comprehensive medical plans to tuition reimbursement, tuition assistance, and fertility treatment, we are there to support you all the way. 

Peraton Overview

Peraton drives missions of consequence spanning the globe and extending to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. As the world’s leading mission capability integrator and transformative enterprise IT provider, we deliver trusted and highly differentiated national security solutions and technologies that keep people safe and secure. Peraton serves as a valued partner to essential government agencies across the intelligence, space, cyber, defense, civilian, health, and state and local markets. Every day, our employees do the can’t be done, solving the most daunting challenges facing our customers.

Target Salary Range

$86,000 - $138,000. This represents the typical salary range for this position based on experience and other factors.


An Equal Opportunity Employer including Disability/Veteran.


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