About CENSUS

CENSUS is an internationally acclaimed Cybersecurity services provider. We support the needs of multiple industries, providing IT and OT security services to public and private organizations around the world, ranging from financial institutions and critical infrastructure to automotive and secure communications, including Fortune 500 companies. Powered by cutting-edge research, scientific analysis and in-depth engineering experience across various industries & technologies, CENSUS delivers unparalleled security consulting & assessment services for products (software, services, devices, and large-scale platforms), infrastructure, and organizations.

Learn more about CENSUS at census-labs.com.

About the Job / Key Responsibilities

CENSUS’ bespoke cybersecurity services are built upon a talented pool of Security Engineers, whose role extends beyond mere adherence to industry best practices. Under the management and mentorship of our Senior and Principal technical managers, our Security Engineers are entrusted with assessing the completeness and maturity of an extensive range of cybersecurity products and features. Along with capturing defects and inefficiencies, in-depth mitigation strategies are explored, presented, and re-evaluated post their integration, in a highly agile and adaptive service delivery model.

We are looking for talented & ambitious professionals to grow our Product Security Professional Services team and join our ongoing mission to deliver in-depth and top-tier cybersecurity services to our valued clients. As part of this role, you will use your knowledge and experience - in the Embedded Systems Security domain – to execute design reviews, implementation assessments and mitigation consulting activities scoped across products of various industries. You will work side-by-side with our clients’ development and security teams & partners, under engagements / projects that involve:

  • Executing end-to-end security posture assessments for a wide range of systems (RTOS, Embedded Linux, ARM, RISC-V, Radio, etc.), via source code auditing, functional testing, fuzz testing, reverse engineering, and other methodologies.
  • Reviewing product security designs, supporting threat modelling activities, documenting missing security controls, and driving analysis for security enhancements.
  • Researching, reviewing, comparing, and proposing technologies that can satisfy the client’s established requirements, and aligning with their strategies.
  • Reviewing the integration, configuration and hardening of platform / BSP provided security features and capabilities.
  • Verifying if output implementation is aligned with the products’ security architecture, requirements, and threat model.
  • Documenting and presenting product security risks in both technical- and business-oriented language.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MSc or BSc in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electronics Engineering, or equivalent practical experience.
  • 2+ years of experience in embedded, general- or special-purpose computer system-level software security. Experience can be an engineering / development position (e.g., consumer or enterprise), an engineering-based consultancy role, an equivalent engineering-based role, or a combination of them.
  • Proven experience in developing, auditing, or testing security solutions for embedded, IoT, general computing or mobile / smartphone systems.

Key Skills

  • Experience with Linux Embedded or Real Time Operating fundamentals, security controls and software security concepts.
  • Experience in identifying and reporting security vulnerabilities on system software (permissions, input validation, data encryption, privilege separation, software / system integrity, secrets management, configuration, etc.).
  • Experience in reading & comprehending source code, discerning business logic pitfalls, and identifying security flaws on software written in C, C++, Rust, or Assembly programming languages in the context of system software (bootloaders, drivers, kernel, system services, etc.).
  • Experience with analyzing & researching the system security controls and their implementation internals via software or hardware methods (debuggers, profilers, tracers, instrumentation, disassemblers, etc.).
  • Familiarity with HW / OS security features for system hardening and security domains / trust-boundaries separation (MPU, MMU/IOMMU, NX, DAC/MAC, stack canaries, securing heap allocators, etc.).
  • Experience with secure boot, firmware & software integrity, OTA updates, and hardware-backed device attestation technologies.
  • Experience with basic cryptographic primitives, such as symmetric & asymmetric encryption, authenticated encryption, key derivation, and key exchange.
  • Problem solving skills, analytical thinking, and willingness to learn/grow.
  • Proficient in English and excellent communication skills.

Nice-to-Have

  • Familiarity with TEE, TPM, SE, SPU, and other related technologies to isolate execution of security critical operations.
  • Familiarity with performing design-level security reviews.
  • Familiarity with applied cryptography and side-channel attacks in the context of system security (inline crypto engines, storage- / block-level encryption, attestation, HW key rooting, derivation, wrapping/unwrapping, etc.).