Required candidate skillset
People who love to push limits and solve technologically challenging problems make good penetration testers. PwC is looking for candidates who are experts in information technology, have experience hacking, and possess the following skills:
- Advanced computer skills – extensive computer skills and an understanding of networking are the most important fundamental skills penetration testers possess. They are, but not limited to, experience with cryptography, reverse engineering, web applications, databases and wireless technologies
- Computer and information security – penetration testers use their exceptional computer skills to attempt to hack into systems. They keep up to date on security software packages and are always learning new security protocols and computer technologies that could be exploited
- Scripting and programming – a variety of computer programming and scripting skills are important for penetration testers because some employers require knowledge of a specific programming language or operating system (e.g. UNIX, Linux, etc.)
- Data analytics – penetration testers review technical data and analyze the processes needed to correct security issues
- Problem-solving skills – to protect networks and data from potential serious risks, penetration testers use problem-solving skills to determine the most effective way to correct issues that arise
- Report writing – penetration testers utilize strong written and oral communication skills to write reports on their assessments to communicate potential weaknesses to clients
Duties / Responsibilities
Our penetration service offerings to our clients and in line with your current and future skillsets, you “may play a role” delivering one of more of the following technical client type engagements:
- Good understanding of infrastructure fundamentals, e.g. networks, operating systems and databases
- Infrastructure testing, both internal and external
- Application testing of both web and proprietary applications and protocols
- Mobile systems testing, including RF and Wifi solutions
- Vulnerability management, access governance, incident response
- Red and blue teaming
- Threat landscape testing
- Cloud security testing
- Breach indicator assessments
- Advanced threat protection
- SIEM and SOC assessments
- Threat hunting
- Advanced threat protection
- Report writing and customer delivery meetings
Business development and R&D
You can also expect to perform some of the following business development activities in line with your career aspirations:
- Lead a team of currently available junior staff on client engagements
- Meet with clients to understand their needs and help produce proposals to address them
- Develop toolkits and methodologies to enhance our sales and delivery capability
- Contribute to research, public blogs and whitepapers to improve our public profile
- Attend and speak at both internal and external conferences within the Information Security community
- Contribute to recruitment campaigns to identify future staff members
- Collaborate to develop new and innovative security services for our clients
- Research into new hardware risks
- Research into IoT, 4th industrial revolution, etc.
- Research into cryptography techniques and implementations
- Research into novel techniques and capabilities
- Building a team, training and mentoring of junior team members
- Supporting other business teams such as Incident Response and Threat Intelligence
- Growing your own internal network within PwC’s three lines of service, i.e. Assurance, Advisory and Tax
Through PwC’s Global Mobility Program, PwC’s cybersecurity professionals will have access to short and long secondments around the world. This is event driven / dependent.
Working for PwC South Africa’s cyber security practice also provides staff with opportunities to conduct client engagements locally, within Africa and internationally. This is event driven / dependent.
Internationally, PwC has center of excellence pockets around the world for different types of skillsets and capabilities. Depending on the candidate’s current or target skillset, candidates will be required to travel to other local and international PwC offices to gain insight or contribute in thought leadership, attend conferences and/or develop global training or methodology collateral.
Tools of the Trade
Penetration testers work with computer systems and web applications and are comfortable using the following software and programs:
- Security assessment tools (such as Aircrack-ng, Burp Suite, SQLmap, Nmap, Nessus, Nexpose, etc.)
- Operating systems (such as Linux, Unix, Windows)
- Security frameworks (such as NIST, SOX, HIPPA, ISO 27001)
Penetration Tester Education
As a minimum, candidates for this role must have the following:
- Some (however limited) practical experience of delivering ethical hacking services to clients
- Strong academic background such as a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (candidates without academic degrees must be able to demonstrate professional development and supporting vocational and industry qualification)
- Business writing skills, particularly report writing skills
Useful degree subjects include:
- Computer science
- Cyber security
- Forensic computing
- Computing and information systems
- Network management
- Computer systems engineering
- Information systems security
Other useful certification:
- Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP)
- Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification
- Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Company certification schemes from major vendors and equipment providers like Microsoft (MCP, MCSE) or CISCO (CCNA Security).
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Job Description & Summary
- A career within Deals Business Recovery Services, will provide you with the opportunity to support our clients survive an imminent crisis or simply fix gaps in their organisation. We help clients, reduce balance sheet stress, generate cash and reduce costs or refinance to find the best source of capital to support their business objectives. Whatever the solution, we help them manage challenges until the job is done.
- A career in our Business Restructuring Services practice, within Deals Business Restructuring Services, will provide you with the opportunity to support our clients survive an imminent crisis or simply fix gaps in their organisation. In joining, you’ll help clients, among other things, reduce balance sheet stress, generate cash and reduce costs or refinance to find the best source of capital to support their business objectives. Whatever the solution, we help them manage road blocks until the job is done.
- Our team helps businesses identify and access the right debt markets to support capital needs, allowing our clients to raise or retain financing on the most advantageous terms. As part of our team, you’ll assist with financial modelling, developing a comprehensive set of financing solutions, and managing the execution of the solution best aligned to our client.
About the team
The Business Restructuring Services team (“BRS”) practice in PwC Deals operating across all segments of the restructuring and insolvency market. The team provides financial advice on debt raising, financial restructuring and insolvency services to a wide range of corporates and stakeholders including lenders, equity holders, credit funds, pension trustees and government bodies. Whilst based in Johannesburg, the team often works across South Africa, but also on leading sub Saharan Africa projects and the role may include an element of South African-wide and international travel.
To really stand out and make us ﬁt for the future in a constantly changing world, each and every one of us at PwC needs to be an authentic and inclusive leader, at all grades/levels and in all lines of service. To help us achieve this we have the PwC Professional; our global leadership development framework. It gives us a single set of expectations across our lines, geographies and career paths, and provides transparency on the skills we need as individuals to be successful and progress in our careers, now and in the future.
As a Manager, you’ll work as part of a team of problem solvers, helping to solve complex business issues from strategy to execution. PwC Professional skills and responsibilities for this management level include but are not limited to:
- Pursue opportunities to develop existing and new skills outside of your comfort zone.
- Act to resolve issues which prevent effective team working, even during times of change and uncertainty.
- Coach others and encourage them to take ownership of their development.
- Analyse complex ideas or proposals and build a range of meaningful recommendations.
- Use multiple sources of information including broader stakeholder views to develop solutions and recommendations.
- Address sub-standard work or work that does not meet firm’s/client’s expectations.
- Develop a perspective on key global trends, including globalisation, and how they impact the firm and our clients.
- Manage a variety of viewpoints to build consensus and create positive outcomes for all parties
- Focus on building trusted relationships.
- Uphold the firm’s code of ethics and business conduct.
About the role
A typical assignment may include some or all of the following
- Independent business review of current financial position, key drivers of value and key risks of businesses across a range of sectors and geographies to identify the right capital structure solution.
- Review (often in a short space of time) of businesses for long term viability, valuation and assessment of options (including contingency planning)
- Review and understanding of the priority of various classes of creditor.
- Managing and monitoring the cash flows of a business.
- Work with multiple senior stakeholders to negotiate, agree and implement solutions.
- Work alongside management to implement cost saving and working capital improvement plans.
- Work alongside other PwC teams, including specialist lines of service and sector experts.
- Preparation of presentations and/or reports to key stakeholders (e.g. lenders, private equity sponsors, management).
- Undertake executory appointments
- CA(SA) / CFA/CIMA/LLB or relevant degree
Essential skills and experience
- Sound financial analytical skills.
- Strong commercial and business acumen.
- Understanding of key restructuring and insolvency principles.
- Strong interpersonal skills and comfortable communicating with all levels (internal and external).
- Desire to manage, develop and train junior members of the team.
- Flexibility in terms of diverse industries and role.
- Flexibility in working location.
- Ability to support marketing and business development, demonstrating a proactive approach to the marketplace.
- Proven project and time management skills.
- Good excel modelling skills.
- Ability to work to tight deadlines in a pressurised working environment.
- Excellent verbal and written English.
- Good understanding of Insolvency Law and Business Rescue