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Software Engineer, Vulnerability Researcher

Company: Independent Software
Location: Palm Beach
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Job Description:

Who are we?

Independent Software is a consulting, product, and solutions firm dedicated to the practical application of software and system engineering technologies to solve complex problems. We bring together world class engineers with proven engineering best practices, domain expertise, commercial technologies and proven agile management approaches to create high value solutions aimed at helping our customers meet their most critical business and mission objectives.

Why Independent Software?

We are focused on continual learning and evolution. We don't do things because "that's the way we've always done things"; we listen to our employees and adapt to the changing marketplace. We look at the big picture and encourage our engineers to get training and certifications in emerging technologies that will help shape our customer's mission.

We've been profitable year after year. We're always on the lookout for great engineers to join the team and we recognize that our employees are the heart and soul of what we do. We focus on recruiting talented people, treating them right, and then allowing them to do what they do best. No red tape. No micromanagement. Smart people want to work with smart people, and we love people who are passionate about what they do, and finding ways to do it better.

What you will be doing!

Independent Software is seeking a Vunerability Researcher. This candidate will need the following skillset to be successful in this position:

  • Key areas of focus include:
  • Hardware debugging using JTAG/gdb
  • Knowledge on typical embedded systems including UART, boot-up sequences, and updating devices
  • Reverse Engineering ARM, PPC, or Mips binaries
  • Discovering Vulnerabilities in firmware, device drivers, or in proprietary embedded operating systems
  • Repurposing vulnerabilities for specific effects
  • Static and dynamic Analysis
  • Fuzzer Development
  • Malware analysis
  • System Emulation

General Requirements:

  • Familiarity with at least one common low-level architecture (x86, ARM, etc) is important, as is the ability to conduct vulnerability research against applications compiled for that architecture. Experience with software protection and binary armoring is a plus, and familiarity with modern exploit mitigation techniques and counter-measures is a must. Experience with one of the four platforms Windows, Linux, iOS, embedded: specific platform: Windows. 4-6 years of related experience.
  • Development experience is desired, but at least some scripting experience is required. Whether in python, ruby, or some other language, you should be capable of quickly developing the instruments needed to help you succeed in your reverse engineering and vulnerability research efforts. The most capable candidates will have a variety of low-level operating systems experience as well as cross-platform vulnerability research. If you've written everything from a kernel paged pool exploit to a simple userland stack-based buffer overflow, built your own adaptable instrumentation and integrated a solver to help you identify and reach code, or modified emulators and JIT engines to add your own instrumentation to help you identify entire classes of vulnerabilities, you'll be right at home.
  • Candidates must be able to defeat advanced security techniques. Projects will be undertaken in small teams with close coordination with customers to quickly enhance capabilities or resolve issues in existing tools.
  • US. citizenship is required. All candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a government security clearance.
  • Working as part of a team you will also need to be familiar with source management tools such as GIT and team coordinating instruments like Atlassian suite of work products.


Degrees are not required for our positions, but they can be helpful. Certifications are appreciated, but not necessarily indicative of your preparedness for the day to day this position requires.


Top Reasons to Work at Independent Software:

  • Great people deserve even better benefits, from comprehensive healthcare coverage and generous leave time to discounts with all of our vendors.
  • You are not just a job title. That's why we tip the work-life balance scale in your favor. It's not about being billable, it's about being valuable.
  • Whether you're working on-site or in our offices, your role at Independent Software is just as critical to our success as your coworker's.
  • We're constantly researching and implementing the latest technology so you've always got the right tools at your disposal.
  • As we've grown, we've retained that small company feel. When we say we have an open door policy, we actually mean it.
  • Independent Software is comprised of wonderfully generous folks. We believe in supporting the causes our employees care about. Bring us an opportunity to help and we'll listen.
  • Teamwork got us where we are today. Our collaborative environment allows you to maximize your true potential.
  • The work we do is exciting, critical stuff. No matter your role at Independent Software, you're helping us keep the nation safe and secure.
  • We have a history of great achievement and, with each year, our company gets even bigger and better. As we grow, so does the opportunity for our employees.
  • We host a variety of fun employee and family events throughout the year to say thanks for all that you do to make Independent Software a technology leader as well as a phenomenal place to work.


  • Competitive salary
  • 100% company paid BC / BS insurance premiums for family health, dental, and vision insurance plans
  • 401(k) retirement plan with company paid match of gross salary
  • A generous Paid Time Off and Holiday package
  • Lots of paid training! We encourage all employees to seek out training opportunities like conferences, certification courses and seminars.
  • We truly believe the right work-life balance can exist, and it's here at Independent Software. Our work is extremely important, but your job is just a part of who you are. When you enjoy your life outside of our walls, you're at your best the next time you walk through our doors. We do all we can to assure that happens every day.

Independent Software is an Equal Opportunity Employer EOE, M/F/D/V.

Keywords: Independent Software, Palm Beach , Software Engineer, Vulnerability Researcher, Other , Palm Beach, Florida

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