Systems Engineer - Penetration Testing at Rapid7

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Job Description:

As a Systems Engineer - Penetration Testing you will play an essential role in our Rapid7 SecOps Consulting Division. This role will be responsible for the oversight, support and maintenance of applicable tools, applications and servers that are critical to enabling service delivery. The right candidate will be comfortable working with teams of security professionals to solve complex infrastructure, lab and process challenges while enabling our SecOps Consulting Services consultants with tools, infrastructure, and unique solutions to fulfill our client and industry engagement needs.

We are a team of ethical hackers for hire, the person in this role will help support all our activities – from infrastructure to exploits, you will have our back.


Successfully deploy, maintain, and support both new and existing physical and virtual systems in support of a growing consulting practice.

Securely administer various Windows and Linux servers via GUI and CLI to support the needs of the business.

Ensure that all systems, software, and deployment processes are documented and maintained for accuracy. 

Manage and maintain inventory management systems.

Purchasing, shipping, and receiving of physical equipment, software, licensing, and domain names.

Partner effectively with the Rapid7 Information Technology and Information Security teams to align to corporate standards and continue Consulting expansion.

Ability to project manage tasks associated with multiple and sometimes disparate team members to meet deadlines

Highlight and communicate opportunities for growth, efficiency, and optimization.

Work with team to design, develop and maintain a wide variety of infrastructure and code.


3+ years of relevant Linux administration experience.

3+ years of relevant Windows Server experience.

Strong hands-on experience with virtualization technologies such as VMware workstation/Fusion/Player, Microsoft Hyper-V, Oracle VirtualBox, etc.

Experience managing and configuring firewalls, switches, routers, and other networking infrastructure.

Experience with interpreted and compiled languages (BASH, Python, Ruby, PowerShell, Java, JS) and their deployment to production systems.

Experience in building and maintaining cloud infrastructure services in a secure manner.

Experience with containers such as Docker, LDX, etc. and container management systems such as Docker Enterprise, Kubernetes, etc.

Knowledge and Skills:

The ability to identify and automate routine day to day tasks.

Hands-on experience creating build and/or automation scripts and/or deployment pipelines

Expertise in the design and automation of software builds and deployments

A solid understanding of analyzing system performance to tune and build systems.

A solid understanding of Network protocols such as TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, NFS, SSH, SSL.

Strong oral and written communication skills.

Highlight and communicate opportunities for growth, efficiency, and optimization

Understand business problems and translate them to a technical audience


Familiarity with security testing tools such as Kali, Burp suite, GoPhish, Nexpose, Metasploit, hashcat, etc.

Hands-on experience with one or more infrastructure configuration management platform such as AWS OpsWorks, Terraform, Chef, Puppet, Ansible

Strong understanding and hands-on experience in varied infrastructure/cloud environments such as AWS, GCP, Azure, VMware vSphere/ESXi, and physical co-locations

Experience with infrastructure as code management platforms such as Terraform, Ansible, etc.

Experience with source code management tools such as Github, git, Bitbucket, etc.

Experience with build management tools, such as Jenkins, Github Actions, etc.

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Rapid7 is conveniently located in downtown Austin, with plenty of restaurants, bars, and public transport close by.

An Insider's view of Rapid7

What’s the vibe like in the office?

It has all the perks of a startup but well structured, goal driven, and supported growth as an employee from start to finish. Several places to relax or wind down after a call, and working in one of the most iconic buildings downtown. Welcome to the Austin office!


Customer Success Representative

What are some things you learned at the company?

It’s not just the customer who benefits from the culture of compassion. Internally, Rapid7 employees look out for each other and work together to solve problems. Oftentimes, this ends up helping all parties.


Senior Manager, Customer Success Management

What are Rapid7 Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Rapid7 is led by a diverse management team that represent the security community we serve. We believe that we all have a responsibility to continuously improve our DE&I efforts.
Unconscious bias training
We believe in continuous learning, our in-house trainers conduct consistent diversity trainings. We advocate for diverse thinking and strive to cultivate a workforce that mirrors the best minds.
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
We have so many amazing and organically created employee resource groups! These internal Rapid7 communities allow for an authentic experience where diverse employees and allies can come together.
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
We've taken the Parity Pledge, we reinforce strategic recruitment, we are committed to diversity partnerships, and we understand the importance in training around unconscious bias.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes full-time remote for specific positions, Work remotely on occasion as needed.
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Employees receive unlimited hours per year of paid sick leave.
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Employees get free lunch during quarterly in-office Town Halls and some team meetings.
Happy Hours
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications
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