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IBM Global Security – Red Team Operator - X-Force Red in Phoenix, Arizona


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Your Role and Responsibilities

Are you passionate about breaking into well defended networks, while evading mature detection strategies? Are you interested in joining a team of like-minded experts, many of whom have decades of experience breaking into anything and everything to help organizations strengthen their security? If so, X-Force Red, IBM Security’s team of veteran hackers, is looking for a Red Team Operator, and you may be the perfect fit.

Your Role:

The Red Team Operator will be part of the X-Force Red Offensive Security team. You will plan and execute remote operations dynamically emulating advanced threat actors to improve the detection and response capabilities of clients through long-term engagements. It is critical that as a consultant you are able to rapidly learn new technologies and processes with minimal assistance. In this role there is a potential for up to 25% travel, including international travel.

Your responsibilities include the following:

  • Manage full adversary simulation engagements from conception to report delivery.

  • Communicate effectively with team members and clients during the engagement.

  • Keeping current with the latest offensive security techniques.

  • Perform adversary simulation of real-world adversary Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) by leveraging frameworks such as MITRE ATT&CK™ and other sources of information.

  • Develop payloads, scripts and tools that weaponize new concepts for exploitation, evasion, and lateral movement.

  • Engage in an active evasion of defenders to avoid detection and progress engagements.

  • Coordinate with other Red Team operators to achieve the specified goals.

  • Deliver reporting and debriefs to defenders in manner that improves detection and response capabilities.

  • Perform/present technical security research.

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

You will need a minimum of 3-5 years of experience in the following:

  • Red teaming experience in a dedicated red team role.

  • System administration, network administration, or programming experience.

  • Ability to develop/modify exploits and payloads to avoid defensive countermeasures.

  • Understanding of real-world adversary operations methodologies, tactics, techniques, and procedures. In particular, the ability to apply frameworks (eg. MITRE ATT&CK™) in client engagements.

  • Demonstrated history of published exploitation research.

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Good interpersonal, organizational, communications, and time management skills.

  • Experience coordinating security testing projects with multiple consultants.

  • Effective writing and communication skills.

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

  • History of presenting at security conferences.

  • Track record in vulnerability research and CVE assignments.

  • Knowledge of Windows APIs.

  • Knowledge of EDR detection capabilities such as Carbon Black/Crowdstrike, etc. and associated evasion techniques for behavioral based alerting.

  • Demonstrated exploit, payload, or attack framework development experience.

  • Expert level skills in one of the following: Active Directory, Software Development, or Cloud Infrastructure.

  • Relevant certifications from organizations like Offensive Security (OSCP/OSCE), SANS (GPEN, GXPN, GWAPT), or CREST CSAT/CSAM or demonstrable equivalent skills.

  • Prior security consulting experience.

About Business Unit

IBM is a leading provider of enterprise security solutions. Named by industry analysts as a leader in 12 security market segment categories, IBM Security is a multi-billion dollar business that is rapidly growing. In an industry focused on building walls, IBM Security is focused on creating an open, connected security ecosystem that leverages AI and cloud to help clients improve compliance, stop threats, and grow their business securely.

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About IBM

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Location Statement

For additional information about location requirements, please discuss with the recruiter following submission of your application.

Being You @ IBM

IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, pregnancy, disability, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.