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Hardware Exploitation Engineer
Bethesda, MD

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Job Description

Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Hardware Exploitation Engineer to support a major program at the National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC) within the National Capital Region. Duties and responsibilities include:

* Conducting technical exploitation and examination of high priority digital media to include reverse-engineering, failure analysis, and vulnerability analysis of hardware to identify exploitation opportunities.
* Modifying hardware to either enable forensic analysis of the media or to change the functionality of the hardware for other purposes.
* Performing inspection, imaging, decapsulation, deprocessing, and other activities related to hardware reverse-engineering and exploitation in a state-of-the-art microelectronics exploitation laboratory.
* Enhancing and maintaining frameworks, processes, design patterns, techniques, tools, and standards for conducting hardware exploitation of digital media.
* Keeping abreast of and reporting on scientific, engineering, and operational advances in hardware exploitation.
* Serving as a subject matter expert for the customer, its partners, and its customers.
* Performing full-scope forensic examinations from the hardware aspect of media.
* Using reverse engineering tools and methods to determine vulnerabilities of the device for technical exploitation purposes.
* Determining how a device boots/initializes, and obtaining a binary that can be used for reverse-engineering.
* Identifying the function that responds to network connections requests; understanding internal communications mechanisms; outlining the general structure of the system software; and determining how system state is altered/saved.
* Preparing technical reports; presenting results; and demonstrating system capabilities to peer review groups, managers, and sponsors.
* Leading teams and participating in the analysis of embedded platform firmware and operating systems to understand security vulnerabilities associated with various platform communication links.
* Creating and executing 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.
* Providing data recovery processes for hard drives, thumb drives, and other kind media with storage capacity.


* Must have a current/active TS/SCI and be willing and able to pass a CI polygraph prior to starting.

* Requires a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering; Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering and at least nine (9) years of related experience.

* Assembly language and C/C++ programming experience; solid understanding of programming language and operating system concepts.

* Reverse-engineering skills for embedded systems with proprietary operating systems for the express purpose of introducing functionally to an already existing fielded system.

* Experience examine a hardware platform to understand the software and hardware interaction of embedded systems.

* Experience applying knowledge of C and Assembler software development for embedded platforms that run commercial and/or custom operating systems.

* Experience with embedded system design, communication with peripheral devices at the hardware level, and reverse-engineering of system software.

* Experience scripting with the following Languages: shell, Perl, Python or the like.

* Experience with the following in Microprocessors/Architectures: ARM, MIPS, RISC, PowerPC, XScale, StrongARM, x86. Familiarity with microprocessor instruction sets is highly-desired.

* Experience with the following Operating Systems: VxWorks, Integrity, Embedded Linux, JunOS, Linux, Unix, Windows Embedded. Experience with RTOS is highly-desired.

* Experience with the following IDEs: Tornado, Workbench, VxSim, MULTI, TimeMachine, TraceEdge.

* Experience with the following Hardware Tools and Debuggers: Green Hills, Probe, SuperTrace Probe, Slingshot, spectrum analyzer, logic analyzer, JTAG, Agilent Technologies equipment.

* Experience with the following Software Tools and Debuggers: Wireshark, IDA Pro, OIlyDbg, pcap, gdb, make, hex editor.

* Excellent written and verbal communications skills.


SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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