Our team in the Security Automation Directorate researches and develops software tools capable of collecting, storing, and analyzing organizational network data to provide security analysts insights into what is traversing their network. We provide both the core network tools to facilitate this capability, and prototypes of new ways to present the data effectively. We deal with a scale of network data generally unseen by most organizations, handling record counts in the tens of billions per day.
Developing security insights at this scale requires creativity, efficiency, and staying up to date with modern computing platforms. In some cases, the computing has outpaced the methods, and it is incumbent upon us to generate novel views of both the entire data collection, and of focused datasets tailored to specific analyst needs.
Our network situational awareness security tools are published here: https://tools.netsa.cert.org/
You'll be responsible for developing software within our network data collection suite, and pushing the bounds of the uses of those tools. Much of the software is written in C, Python, and Scala. We are responsible for the entire life-cycle of the tools: requirements gathering/generation, development, testing, documentation, and user support.
There is room for independence for new tools or projects to make our software suite more complete. Making the tools easy to integrate and deploy, along with writing documentation are additional tasks for the position. You will work on existing projects with more senior developers until you have a grasp of the tool suite and gain domain expertise to take command of new or current tools. You bring the design and software skills, and we'll bring the domain knowledge to solve the hard network security data problems.
BS in Computer Science or related discipline with eight (8) years of experience; OR MS in the same fields with five (5) years of experience; OR PhD with two (2) years of experience.
Movement between buildings within the SEI and CMU community required, though we are working from home during the pandemic.
Willingness to travel to various locations to support the SEI's overall mission. This may include national travel to sponsor sites, conferences, and offsite meetings. This is rare, but possible.
You will be subject to a background check and will need to obtain and maintain a Department of Defense security clearance.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Polished programming skills in C.
Useful scripting skills with bash.
Strong problem-solving skills.
Ability to learn a new programming language or development environment given appropriate time and resources.
Ability to work both independently and with teams, manage multiple projects, and elicit technical requirements from management and staff.
Primary developer / project lead for a completed software project. Exposure to all phases of software development from requirements gathering to delivery. The feeling of ownership of the project.
An understanding of Software / systems development lifecycle, QA testing, revision control, and change management practices
Experience with network data collection or flow data is a plus, but not a requirement. It is our responsibility to transfer domain knowledge.
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Full Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Internal Number: 2015509
About Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon (www.cmu.edu) is a private, internationally ranked research university with programs in areas ranging from science, technology and business, to public policy, the humanities and the arts. More than 12,000 students in the university’s seven schools and colleges benefit from a small student-to-faculty ratio and an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation. A global university, Carnegie Mellon’s main campus in the United States is in Pittsburgh, Pa. It has campuses in California’s Silicon Valley and Qatar, and programs in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Mexico.