In the development of the smart grid, millions of devices are being installed to monitor and control the electricity distribution grid: smart meters are installed in homes, remote terminal units (RTUs) in substations, electric vehicle charging poles in cities and along roads… It’s crucial for the reliable delivery of electricity that all these components are secure.
Junior Embedded Security testers evaluate if devices installed in the grid are secure. This work consists of two activities:
- Testing components: ENCS offers its members harmonised sets of requirements to procure smart meters, RTUs and EV chargers to ensure that the components they use are secure. These requirements cover all aspects needed to operate a device in an end-to-end secure manner, from encryption and authentication to access control and logging. It’s up to the security tester to assess if the devices are secure. Embedded security testers are responsible for testing these devices, and improving the tests and the testing tools.
- Penetration testing operational systems: Once a grid operator has procured devices with the right security functionality, it’s important that they are used securely. That’s why ENCS performs penetration tests on the entire chain from the central systems to the devices in the field. The Junior embedded security tester assesses the security of the deployed devices by their configuration, use and traffic.
For the role of Junior Embedded Security Tester, we’re looking for someone with the following skills:
- Bachelor or Masters in a relevant field, for instance, computer science or electronics
- Experience in developing software for embedded devices
- Interest in security
- Understanding communication protocols
- Programming experience in C and Python
- Independent worker
- Curious and willing to learn
- Fluency in English (spoken and written)
- Linux proficiency
Additional useful skills are:
- Security experience
- Programming in other languages
- Experience in automating common tasks
- Fluency in a second major European language
- Knowledge of Smart Meter protocols such as DLMS
- Knowledge of the IEC 60870-5-104 protocol
When infrastructure is critical, so is its security. With an ever more connected electricity grid, cyber security challenges are multiplying every day and demand a new way of thinking from security professionals.
Founded in 2012, the European Network for Cyber security (ENCS) is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to enhancing the security of critical energy infrastructures across Europe. Using our network in academia, government and business, we provide cyber security solutions and counsel to utilities and regulators.
By joining ENCS you’ll be part of a small, international team of industry experts making a real difference to critical infrastructure cyber security developments in Europe. You’ll work across Europe from our offices in The Hague, giving you the chance to:
- work at the forefront of new security developments. Smart grids, electric vehicles, and industrial control systems offer unique security challenges. We are in a leading position to meet these by developing new solutions, finding new classes of vulnerabilities, and setting the standard for smart grid cyber security.
- protect society. Keeping the grid secure while it is increasingly automated is critical if our society is to transition to renewable energy. ENCS has a unique position to act on behalf of our members to make sure their systems are secure.
- develop your skills in an international environment. ENCS is a small company taking on big challenges. That creates a unique environment for ambitious talent to grow and take on new responsibilities.
- An attractive salary (EUR 2500 – EUR 4000 / month based on experience)
- Health insurance contribution
- Pension contribution
- Mobility budget
- Laptop and mobile phone