Security VAPT Engineer

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time

Salary Negotiable

Updated 5 days ago

Reference 1434847

 Job Description

Are you the type of person who thrives in a fast paced corporate environment, who enjoys working with colleagues across the world? If this sounds like you then we have the opportunity for you.

Role Type: Full-time, Permanent
Role Close Date: 29th August 2019
Location: Belfast

The Security VAPT Engineer will assess the security posture of existing and proposed Firm systems, platforms, and processes to protect and continually improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information systems in accordance with the Firm’s business objectives, regulatory requirements, and strategic goals.


  • Provide innovation within the context of the Vulnerability and Penetration Testing (VAPT) program in relation to both process and technology
  • Design, implement, and support VAPT solutions identified as necessary for the protection of Firm assets
  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for the VAPT function
  • Serve as the system owner for common VAPT toolsets, platforms, and processes
  • Provide assessment reports that are easily understandable by the target audience and include practical and reasonable recommendations based upon sound risk management principles
  • Assess the sufficiency of policies, standards and procedures relative to VAPT best practices. Author standards and procedures designed to continually improve security posture
  • Engage in continual environmental monitoring to understand the threat environment relative to the organization
  • Perform authorized attack surface reviews and penetration tests against specific targets at the direction of the Information Security Manager
  • Provide input into security risk assessments by leveraging specialized knowledge
  • Report compliance failures to management for immediate remediation
  • Maintain assigned systems to ensure availability, reliability, integrity, including the oversight of current and projected capacity, performance, and licensing
  • Define, create, and delivers reports and relevant metrics to the Information Security Manager
  • Contribute to the Firm’s security-related information repositories and other marketing/awareness endeavours
  • Mentor junior members of the VAPT group and provide constructive consultation to other peer groups such as Development
  • Provide exemplary customer service by striving for first call resolution and demonstrating, empathy, respect, professionalism, and expertise

Skills and Experience:

  • Possess a Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree or substantial equivalent experience
  • Offensive Security OSCP preferred
  • Strong professional experience in information security with a focus on vulnerability assessment and penetration testing
  • Commanding knowledge of VAPT concepts and best practices, including the requirements for WhiteHat/ethical hacking
  • Expert understanding of the difference between a vulnerability assessment and a penetration test in the context of assessment scope, objectives, and deliverables
  • Extensive experience with common automated VAPT tools such as Nessus, Appscan, Burp Suite, Nipper, and Trustwave
  • Proficiency with other common attack tools and frameworks such as Wireshark, Kali, and Metasploit, etc.
  • Proficiency with mobile platform security technology, including vulnerability identification and exploitation tools as well as mobile platform security best practices, frameworks, etc.
  • Ability to validate the presence of identified vulnerabilities with accuracy
  • Mastery of common application platforms and technologies in order to effectively understand and evaluate complex application assessments via the use of manual techniques and simple tools such as proxies and browser plugins
  • Authoritative understanding of OWASP, CVE, general security controls, and other foundational topics such as the latest application and operating system exploits
  • Knowledge of common scripting and programming languages is advantageous
  • Ongoing commitment to understanding the threat landscape and common adversary motivations/practices. Ability to quickly adapt practices to evolving circumstances
  • Ability to maintain critical thinking and composure under pressure
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to convey complex concepts to non-technical constituents. Proficiency in oral and written English
  • Capable of providing assistance with the preparation of internal training materials and documentation
  • Ability to be productive and maintain focus without direct supervision
  • Understands VAPT in the context of risk management and organizational priorities
  • Passionate in the practice and pursuit of VAPT excellence