Cyber Security - Secure and Reliable Software Co-Op Student

7 months ago(6/30/2017 10:52 AM)
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Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,700 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit


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The students selected to work in the Secure and Reliable Software Division for this six-month position will perform software engineering tasks in support of the development and testing of cybersecurity technologies. Students will be expected to work with multiple senior technical staff members and communicate effectively both orally and in written memos or presentations. The technical responsibilities will vary depending on the project assignment, which is tailored to the student skills and the Draper project lead. Current opportunities in advanced cybersecurity research topic areas include:

  • Cyber Resilience Technologies
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Vulnerability Analysis and  Exploitation Development
  • Memory Protection mitigations (e.g. defense against ROP)
  • Secure Hypervisors
  • Artificial Intelligence as applied to the Cyber domain
  • Trusted Computing


Student must be enrolled in a degree program in a relevant field such as computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, etc. Student should provide evidence of high aptitude and academic performance. 

Depending on the specific project assignment, the skills that are helpful for many in this area may include those listed below.  Students are not expected to have every skill listed.

  • Strong C and  C++ skills
  • Experience with x86
  • Experience with debuggers such as IDA Pro or GDB
  • Knowledge of linux and/or Windows kernel internals
  • Knowledge of Trusted Platform Modules (TPM)
  • Experience writing exploits




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