Contemplating the Meaning of Offensive Job Postings

Huh? First there was the unspoken “O” word. Then it finally started making it’s way into speeches of high-ranking current and former government officials. And now it’s in job posts. Of course a private company actually performing offensive activities would likely be illegal in most cases … although I’m sure there’s a sneaky way around that (e.g., re-terming it as “active defense” or something).” However most likely this person would be serving some government agency in some capacity … so who knows… It’ll be interesting to watch how “offensive” trends in the coming months and years. And with all this press I’m sure NG is getting lots of applications for this position.

via (emphasis mine)

Defense giant Northrop Grumman is hiring software engineers to help it carry out “offensive cyberspace operations,” according to a recent job posting.

The job posting, for a “Cyber Software Engineer 2” appeared on the Website and described a position on a Northrop R&D project to “plan, execute and assess an Offensive Cyberspace Operation (OCO) mission” that would include familiarity with tools like Metasploit and Google Earth and “integration of capabilities such as command linkages, data flows, situation awareness (SA) and command and control (C2) tools.”

Firms like Northrop have repeatedly been the target of sustained and sophisticated attacks from outside agents. Many of those attackers – euphemistically described as “Advanced Persistent Threats” – or APTs – are believed to have links to China and groups working for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).

A spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman confirmed the validity of the job posting, but declined to elaborate on what Northrop was referring to with the term “Offensive Cyberspace Operations.”

As described, the job appears to be suited to a mid-level software engineer with experience in networking and agile development methodologies using a wide range of software- and Web development platforms, including Java, XML, JMS, PostgreSQL, Javascript and Python. The applicant is also expected to have knowledge of “‘security research’ tools like Metasploit, WorldWind (and) Google Earth,” according to the job posting.

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5 comments for “Contemplating the Meaning of Offensive Job Postings

  1. May 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Interesting article from ThreatPost the other day re offensive job posts. Some quick thoughts..

  2. May 23, 2012 at 1:23 am

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  3. May 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Dropped a few posts last night.. Contemplating the Meaning of Offensive Job Postings

  4. May 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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  5. May 23, 2012 at 3:38 pm

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