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Lumen Lead Penetration Tester in Helena, Montana

About Lumen

Lumen connects the world. We are igniting business growth by connecting people, data and applications – quickly, securely, and effortlessly. Together, we are building a culture and company from the people up – committed to teamwork, trust and transparency. People power progress. We’re invested in providing the flexibility you need to thrive and deliver lasting impact. Apply now to continue digitally connecting the world and shaping the future.

The Role

The Lumen Professional Security Services (PSS) – Lead Penetration Tester (LPT) is a key function of providing a thorough and wholistic approach to Cyber Defense. LPT proactively seeks out and works to reduce risks of emerging threats within Lumen’s PSS customer environments by conducting controlled, real-world attack simulations. LPT makes recommendations for reducing attack surfaces, suggesting improvements to defense stacks, practices emergent cyber-attack vectors and techniques, and works to enhance and streamline Lumen LPT platforms.


This is a remote position, works from home.

The Main Responsibilities

  • Lead penetration testing activities, develop new attack strategies, and provide intelligence to customer security teams for the reduction of cyber-attack risks.

  • Coordinate single- and multi-person (“Red Team”) LPT engagements to achieve Lumen delivery expectations.

  • Utilize industry standard security penetration and auditing tools to conduct real-world attack simulations. Perform deep technical analysis of vulnerabilities within the Lumen customer environments and develop actionable recommendations to reduce associated risks.

  • Develop and deliver a comprehensive analysis of all technical findings and debrief the Lumen customers’ technical and executive teams.

  • Maintain an in-depth knowledge of modern penetration testing tools, methodologies, attack trends, and current intelligence as shared publicly, by our industry partners, and government agencies.

  • Utilize malware threat intelligence to develop new & updated attack methods for use in LPT activities.

  • Take initiative and proactively seek out new assignments to improve Lumen LPT delivery platforms, testing methodologies, and customer consumables.

What We Look For in a Candidate

Minimum Qualifications

• At least one industry-recognized security penetration testing certification:

  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)

  • Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)

  • CEH or Pentest• 5+ years of relevant experience in cyber- and information security field.

• 3+ years conducting and leading security penetration testing activities.

• 3+ years of experience with current penetration testing tools and techniques.

• 1-3 years of experience with WiFi and API penetration testing

• Strong verbal and written communication skills.

• Demonstrated experience in reporting at both technical and executive level.

• Strong critical thinking skills and adaptability, with a demonstrated ability to work independently and/or with a team.

Preferred Qualifications

• Undergraduate degree in Cybersecurity, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field.

• Experience with coding languages such as Python, Ruby, Rust, Java, etc…for automation.

• Experience with full Kali Linux suite and exploit creation/deployment.


The starting salary for this role differs based on the employee's primary work location. Employees typically do not start at the top of the range, though compensation depends on each individual's qualifications.

Location Based Pay Ranges

$94,420 - $157,370 in these states : AR ID KY LA ME MS NE SC SD

$99,390 - $165,640 in these states : AL AZ FL GA IA IN KS MO MT ND NM OH OK PA TN UT VT WI WV WY

$104,360 - $173,930 in these states : CO HI MI MN NC NH NV OR RI

$109,330 - $182,220 in these states : AK CA CT DC DE IL MA MD NJ NY TX VA WA

As with the pay range variety that's based on the region of a country, specific offers are determined by various factors such as experience, education, skills, certifications and other business needs.

Requisition #: 333155

Background Screening

If you are selected for a position, there will be a background screen, which may include checks for criminal records and/or motor vehicle reports and/or drug screening, depending on the position requirements. For more information on these checks, please refer to the Post Offer section of our FAQ page ( . Job-related concerns identified during the background screening may disqualify you from the new position or your current role. Background results will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Equal Employment Opportunities

We are committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all persons regardless of race, color, ancestry, citizenship, national origin, religion, veteran status, disability, genetic characteristic or information, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, family status, pregnancy, or other legally protected status (collectively, “protected statuses”). We do not tolerate unlawful discrimination in any employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion, benefits, discipline, termination, job assignments or training.


The job responsibilities described above indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to include a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities for this job. Job duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on evolving business needs and conditions.

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This information reflects the anticipated base salary range for this position based on current national data. Minimums and maximums may vary based on location. Individual pay is based on skills, experience and other relevant factors.

This position is eligible for either short-term incentives or sales compensation. Director and VP positions also are eligible for long-term incentive. To learn more about our bonus structure, you can view additional information here. ( We're able to answer any additional questions you may have as you move through the selection process.

As part of our comprehensive benefits package, Lumen offers a broad range of Health, Life, Voluntary Lifestyle and other benefits and perks that enhance your physical, mental, emotional and financial wellbeing. You can learn more by clicking here. (

Note: For union-represented postings, wage rates and ranges are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreement provisions.

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