Change The World Of Certifications! Do you want to make an impact in the world of certifications? Do you want to ride the wave of change that is sweeping our industry? Then Acumen is looking for you!


We started Acumen on the simple premise that certs do not have to be complicated and feel like getting a root canal. We pride ourselves in understanding what our customers face when they decide to put valuable time, money and resources to pursue certifications (as we should given that we walked in those shoes ourselves) and are looking for individuals who also understand this, have our customer-first worldview, and will go to the necessary lengths to make the customers’ investment and faith in Acumen provide great returns. Beyond that we want you to grow in your career just as Acumen is growing, we want you to challenge the conventional wisdom and never take no for an answer!


Acumen is looking for certifications engineers that identify with this philosophy. Below are our open positions. If you believe you are the right person for this job, drop us an email with your resume at

Security Engineer III / Lead Security Engineer

The Security Engineer will be a part of and lead a team of engineers to assess the compliance of devices against the Common Criteria and FIPS 140 certification schemes.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conduct and manage Common Criteria evaluations against US NIAP approved protection profiles and custom ST/EAL evaluations,
  • Participation in FIPS 140 crypto validations,
  • Configure and test network devices such as routers, switches, firewalls, IDS/IPS, etc.,
  • Develop evaluation documentation,
  • Prepare and execute test plans,
  • Participation in technical communities,
  • Participation in Gap Analysis Workshops

For this position, a solid understanding of foundational networking concepts (OSI model, TCP/IP, Ethernet, etc.) is essential. Experience working with and an understanding of secure communications protocols (TLS, SSH, IPsec, MACsec, etc.), cryptographic algorithm suites is of utmost importance.

Required Qualifications

  • 2-4 years of direct experience with FIPS and/or CC standards
  • In depth understanding of network devices, ability to configure, deploy and troubleshoot network and configurations
  • Understanding of foundational networking protocols as well as secure communications protocols and the ability to describe correct behavior and identify anomalies
  • Ability to use tools such as Wireshark, tcpdump or similar to record and analyze packet captures of network traffic
  • Experience working with Unix-like operating systems (Linux, BSD, Solaris)
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and adapt to new circumstances and technology platforms
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Program management experience in a technical environment to plan, schedule and execute project tasks
  • Experience working directly with customers

Desired Qualifications

  • Engineering Bachelor’s or Master’s degree
  • Experience with networking equipment from multiple vendors
  • Familiarity with wireless networking, VoIP, etc.
  • Security certifications such as Security+, GSEC, CCNA, COMPTIA Network+
  • Familiarity with one or more languages (Perl, Python, BASH, etc.)

Security Engineer I

Acumen is looking for an up-and-coming rock star engineer for the position of Security Engineer I. A Security Engineer I at Acumen is an entry-level position that requires zero to two years of experience in the product security field. In this role, the engineer will be working with varied Fortune 100 and other industry leading companies, partnering with their engineers to successfully certify ICT products against the FIPS 140 and Common Criteria standards. You will be exposed to a wide variety of technologies and have the opportunity to work on bleeding edge products. You will be able to deep dive into product architectures and analyze feature implementations from a security perspective.

What we are looking for

The ideal candidate will have broad understanding of various technologies such as networking, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture etc. and be well versed in at least one of these technological areas. Additionally ability to code in C/C++ is a very big advantage.

To be successful in this role, the engineer should be passionate about technology in general and security in particular.

A Security Engineer I has the ability to quickly digest and interpret complex technical problems and formulate creative solutions acceptable to multiple parties with varying motivations. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are an essential component of this role.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors (Master’s preferred) in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, other related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Deep understanding of at least two of the following technologies: Networking, Operating Systems, Computer Architecture, Mobile Platforms, Software Programming.
  • Ability to deep dive and understand C, C++ and Java code
  • Perl, PHP, TCL or other scripting experience
  • Deep familiarity with Linux or other *NIX OS

Bonus Qualifications:

  • Product development experience
  • C, C++ and/or Java programming experience
  • Experience with OpenSSL, OpenSSH, Apache, Tomcat, GNUPG
  • Experience with Cisco IOS
  • Programming on Raspberry Pi
  • Understanding of cryptographic algorithms such as AES, TDES, RSA, SHA, HMAC, ECC etc
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


In addition to being at the forefront of the ever changing certification world, Acumen offers its employees competitive employment packages. Here is an overview of the benefits available to all full-time employees:

  • group health insurance;
  • dental / vision insurance (optional); life insurance;
  • short / long term disability;
  • maternity / paternity leave;
  • 401(k) retirement plan (automatic 3% company contribution after (1) year);
  • generous personal and sick time;
  • referral bonuses; and quarterly company events.