Wells Fargo

Job Category:

Information Technology


Winston Salem, North Carolina


United States

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Position Type:

Full Time


415) 820-7800

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Cyber Sec Research Scientist 3 - Red Team Researcher / Scientist

Wells Fargo - Winston Salem, North Carolina

Posted: 07/11/2018

Job Description

Since 1852, customers have trusted that Wells Fargo would keep their assets secure from theft and always available. Today, maintaining customer trust remains our underlying operating principle.
Enterprise Information Security’s (EIS) vision is to provide Wells Fargo world leading cyber security risk management. Through a framework that addresses policy, process, operations, people, and technology, EIS protects Wells Fargo’s infrastructure, corporate data, and customer assets, and ensures alignment with applicable regulations and laws. EIS is part of Wells Fargo's Corporate Risk organization and is led by the Chief Information Security Officer.

Note: The preferred location for this position is 1.) Charlotte, NC 2.) Winston-Salem, NC 3.) Chandler, AZ. Other locations may be considered including telecommute.

These four positions report to the Cyber Threat Management - Vulnerability Assessment Team and will work closely with teams in other internal information security programs. Two of these position will focus mostly on perimeter systems and the other two more broadly.
The primary role with be to serve as a professional ethical hacker/red teamer that mimics techniques of adversaries in order to discover risk through blended attacks. This role will determine business risk using attacker techniques in order to reduce the overall risk for Wells Fargo. This role will determine likelihood, ease of exploit, data classification, impact and provide a severity/risk rating. This role must be able to utilize complex hacking tools and create proof of concept exploits. The candidate will provide adversarial simulations to identify gaps and educates defense teams (blue teams) on attacker techniques. This role will research, analyze, design, test, and implement complex technologies, systems, and applications.

• Conducts innovative research in cyber security
• Conducts networking, device, mobile, wireless, hardware, and web-based application penetration tests
• Conducts logical security audits and hands-on technical security evaluations and implementations
• Conducts various security assessments
• Conducts social engineering assessments
• Conducts physical security assessments
• Develop custom penetration testing tools
• Develop in-depth findings report
• Communicate findings to lines of business based on inherit risks

Required Qualifications

  • 5+ years of information security experience in converged testing (red teaming)
  • 1+ year of experience in network, social, and physical domains
  • 5+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following: creating proof of concepts, creating exploits, or reverse engineering
  • 5 + years of executing ethical penetration testing including exploitation and post-exploitation experience
Desired Qualifications

  • Expert Information Security technical skills
  • Proficient in working with systems, networks, and application vulnerability testing
  • Ability to manage complex security scenarios and develop innovative solutions to address the most recent cyber threats
  • Security engineering experience that includes knowledge and understanding of recent research and industrial advances in one or more of the following areas: computer and communication networks, cyber security threat detection, cyber security experimentation and testing, innovative research in cyber security, physical security controls and their weaknesses, debugging, hardware and device hacking, or electronics security
  • Assessment experience in three or more of the following: mobile, web application, mainframe, wireless or network penetration testing
  • Knowledge and understanding of Python, Ruby, PowerShell, and Shell scripting
  • Physical hardware hacking experience
  • Physical security assessments experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of information security risk assessment procedures, risk mitigation or remediation
  • Ability to work effectively, as well as independently, in a team environment
  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills
  • Ability to handle confidential material in a professional manner
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Knowledge and understanding of banking or financial services industry
  • Experience working in a large enterprise environment
  • Strong analytical skills with high attention to detail and accuracy
  • Knowledge and understanding of system/application architecture and design concepts
  • Ability to present complex material in a digestible, consumable manner to all levels of management
Other Desired Qualifications
  • 5+ years of converged testing (red teaming) with one or more of network, social, and physical domains
  • Experience with physical hardware hacking
  • Experience with physical security assessments
  • Exceptional report writing skills using a penetration tester framework/methodology.
  • Reverse engineering and reusing exploits
  • Highly experienced with operating system and application hardening best practices
  • Strong ability to find and dissect vulnerabilities without using standard tools
  • Demonstrates issue resolution and negotiation skills;
  • Strong ability to create proof of concepts from discovered potential vulnerabilities
  • Comprehensive understanding of recent research and industry advances in the following areas: Computer and communication networks, Cyber security threat detection, Cyber security experimentation/testing, and Assembly.
  • Perform debugging, performance evaluation, and paper/document writing.
  • Significant experience identifying security vulnerabilities for the company's networks, application systems, hardware infrastructure and emerging technologies to improve the enterprise information security posture.
  • Leads with red team activities and supports computer security incident response activities and the technical investigations of information security related incidents.
  • Certifications in one or more of the following: Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), Offensive Security Wireless Professional (OSWP), Offensive Security Certified Expert (OSCE), Offensive Security Exploitation Expert (OSEE), or Offensive Security Web Expert (OSWE)

  • All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

    Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.
    Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

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