MIT Lincoln Laboratory MIT UROP Technical Assistant in Lexington, Massachusetts

Research Area: Cyber Security

The goal of this project is to research the security of systems against cyber attack by a skilled, determined adversary.

Previous work in this area has focused on assessment of cyber systems against a broad set of security properties by examining security-relevant facts known about the system and comparing those against an abstract adversary model to determine system vulnerability. Our approach extends prior results to include research, discovery, and demonstration of actual attacks by a sophisticated adversary, and an analysis of the phenomenology of those attacks.

A top candidate will be able demonstrate how to think like a cyber adversary, including identifying weaknesses in a system, exploring potential attacks on that system, prioritizing attack vectors, and correctly describing how cyber attacks on a subject system might affect the critical function that system was intended to serve. Desired skills include software development, reverse engineering, exploitation, system analysis, or intelligence analysis.

The candidate should be pursuing an undergraduate degree at MIT and have proficiency with at least one programming language.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.