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Penetration Tester

About Us

Conversant Group is an IT infrastructure and security consulting company based in Chattanooga, TN. Conversant Group has provided technical, organizational, procedural, and process consulting internationally since the company was formed in 2009. Unlike many in IT, Conversant Group has a unique perspective: technology is a tool, nothing more. Technology should support the business, and the business should support the people.

About This Position

As a Penetration Tester at Conversant, you will help our clients improve their security posture through your technical skills and strong knowledge of defense strategies. You will analyze scenarios, provide solutions, and make recommendations to protect the environment, customers, and employees. Working both independently and with the security team, you will promote security best practices in both our internal and our customer’s environments.

As a successful penetration tester, you are a motivated self-starter interested in working in a fast-paced and dynamic technical environment attempting to breach client computers, networks, systems.

Responsibilities

  • Perform security tests on internal and/or external networks, applications, and systems. Design tests and tools to attempt to probe for vulnerabilities and compromise security-protected applications and networks.
  • Conduct physical assessments of servers, systems, and network device security.
  • Develop and use testing methods to pinpoint methods attackers could use to exploit weaknesses by conducting network and system security audits that evaluate the effectiveness of the target network’s security controls.
  • Following testing, the Penetration Tester must document their findings, write security reports, and discuss solutions with client IT teams and management.
  • Provide feedback and verification after mitigating controls have been implemented.
  • Willingness and ability to keep up with the latest methods for ethical hacking, testing, and evaluate new penetration testing tools.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of organizational security policies and recommend improvements if needed.
  • Participate in Conversant projects as necessary.
  • Other duties as required.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or similar strongly preferred.
  • 3+ years of experience conducting penetration tests.
  • Experience developing and analyzing security tests and evaluation reports.
  • Knowledge of penetration testing frameworks and models (e.g., NIST 800-15, OSSTMM, OWASP, PTES, Cyber Kill Chain, MITER ATT&CK, etc.)
  • Ability and willingness to travel may be required to support client engagements.
  • Experience in information assurance, engineering, or operational support including supporting information operations, Cyber operations, system administration, and systems security
  • Knowledge of applicable regulations: NIST CSF, NIST SP 800-37, NIST SP 800-53/53A, HIPAA, ISO:27001, and other cyber security frameworks
  • Critical thinking: creative and questioning nature to sustain a professional skepticism and proactively identify potential issues.
  • One or more IT certifications or immediate plans to achieve one (e.g., OSCP, GPEN, CPT, CEPT, CEH, CISSP, etc.)
  • Superb verbal communication skills, especially when communicating complex concepts to non- technical audiences.
  • Excellent written communication skills, especially related to report writing.
  • Active listening skills and the ability to identify client needs effectively.
  • Self-motivated and ambitious with a strong work ethic and the desire to work within a collaborative team.
  • Ability to form relationships across all levels of the company while modeling Conversant’s culture and values.
Senior Business Consultant | Account Executive

About Us

Conversant Group is an IT infrastructure and security consulting company based in Chattanooga, TN. Conversant Group has provided technical, organizational, procedural, and process consulting internationally since the company was formed in 2009. Unlike many in IT, Conversant Group has a unique perspective: technology is a tool, nothing more. Technology should support the business, and the business should support the people.

About This Position

Serving as a Senior Business Consultant, you will focus your time building and establishing long-lasting relationships with new and existing clients. You will be responsible for executing all steps of the sales process, from finding new business and uncovering the needs of the customer, to closing the sale, maintaining relationships to build referrals, developing market ideas for your specific market, and beyond.

You will need to have excellent networking skills and bring a consultative sales approach to help generate new relationships with businesses who are looking to solve their infrastructure and security challenges.

To be successful in this role, you must be a high achiever with a continual learner mentality who demonstrates resiliency and persuasiveness. You must define yourself as a consultative relationship builder with a passion for helping clients achieve their objectives.

Markets

Our targeted markets include the following: Cincinnati, OH, Cleveland, OH, Washington DC, St Louis, MO, Houston, TX, Dallas, TX, San Diego, CA, Los Angeles, CA and San Francisco, CA and the greater Bay area. We are looking for experienced Business Consultants in all of these markets. There is no requirement to relocate.

Responsibilities

  • Find and develop prospects with a hunter mentality by cold calling, direct selling, networking, referrals, and leads generated through Conversant’s marketing program.
  • Work diligently to earn a deep understanding of our customer's business and technical requirements.
  • Engage with clients to build rapport while uncovering significant needs to position appropriate solutions that create value and efficiencies.
  • Work deals with a consultative selling approach and establish a trusted advisor relationship in order to determine the prospect's needs, create engagement, alignment, desire, and acceptance of Conversant’s solutions.
  • Achieve consistent goal and quota achievement while taking challenges head on to achieve excellence.
  • Participate in Conversant projects as necessary.
  • Aid Accounting in collections activities as needed.
  • Achieve sales certifications in all applicable products and services required within your market and industry segments.
  • Work alongside Conversant Group’s sales support, enterprise solution sales engineering, order management, partner relationship management, and marketing teams.
  • Other duties as required.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelors or Associate degree in relevant field strongly preferred.
  • 15+ years of experience in selling infrastructure, security sales, or value-added reseller sales.
  • Specialization in Cisco, HPE, Fortinet, Palo Alto, Citrix, and/or other equivalent systems required.
  • Previous demonstrated success prospecting, building a solid pipeline of opportunities, moving opportunities through the sales cycle, and presenting and discussing solutions with C-level, other decisions-makers, and influencers.
  • Experience selling in the following industries highly preferred: legal, manufacturing, logistics, energy, financial.
  • Excellent collaboration and influencing skills with the ability to successfully bring together internal and external stakeholders to achieve shared goals.
  • Dedication to high quality customer service delivery and integrity through proven client and customer relationships.
  • Superior interpersonal and communication skills as well as solid writing skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
    • There will be some occasional travel to sales kick-offs and conferences; however, most travel is in the control of the Business Consultant.

  • Ability to form relationships across all levels of the company while modeling Conversant’s culture
    and values.

Chief Information Security Officer

About Us

Conversant Group is an IT infrastructure and security consulting company based in Chattanooga, TN. Conversant Group has provided technical, organizational, procedural, and process consulting internationally since the company was formed in 2009.

Unlike many in IT, Conversant Group has a unique perspective: technology is a tool, nothing more. Technology should support the business, and the business should support the people.

About This Position

As the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), you will focus on the design, implementation, development, and orchestration of Conversant Group’s security services’ offerings including Incident Response, Penetration Testing, Assessments, vCISO, etc. Additionally, the CISO is primarily responsible for ensuring Conversant Group’s information assets are properly secured, policies written, reviewed, communicated, and in alignment with standards, security program certification, security strategy, and solution selection.

Responsibilities

  • Orchestrate security services development and delivery to clients for incident response, penetration testing, vulnerability and security assessments, and virtual CISO.
  • Build and develop the security services team and associated skills.
  • Review how evolving new technologies may disrupt the company’s current operations and/or offer new opportunities for growth.
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight for the design, development, operation and support of systems and programs that fulfill the needs of the business.
  • Direct and approve the design of security systems.
  • Ensure that disaster recovery and business continuity plans are in place and tested.
  • Review and approve security policies, controls, and cyber incident response planning.
  • Review investigations after breaches or incidents, including impact analysis and recommendations for avoiding similar vulnerabilities.
  • Maintain a current understanding of the IT threat landscape for the industry.
  • Ensure compliance with the changing laws and applicable regulations.
  • Translate knowledge for identification of risks and action plans to protect the business.
  • Schedule periodic internal security audits.
  • Make sure that cyber security policies and procedures are communicated to all personnel and that compliance is enforced.
  • Manage all teams, employees, contractors, and vendors involved in IT security.
  • Constantly update the cyber security strategy to leverage new technology and threat information.
  • Brief the executive team on status and risks, including taking the role of champion for the overall strategy and necessary budget.
  • Communicate best practices and risks to all parts of the business.
  • Develop and lead cyber security consulting services.
  • Actively participate in the sales cycle to drive new cyber security consulting services engagements.
  • Serve as a champion for Information Security and Conversant Group by actively participating in the professional community as well as providing presentations and awareness training.
  • Network with a variety of vendors, Technology/IT professionals, and organizations to stay abreast of tools, resources, and products that heighten the level of knowledge within the company.
  • Participate in Conversant projects as necessary.
  • Other duties as required.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required.
  • 15+ years of equivalent experience in Information Security required.
  • In-depth knowledge of Information Security operations and governance for regulatory and statutory frameworks.
  • Hands-on experience in Information Security management, preferably in a role with external and internal focus.
  • 10+ years experience in designing, building, and orchestrating security services to end clients.
  • CISSP certification required.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills, including strong team building skills.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to form relationships across all levels of the company while modeling Conversant’s culture and values.
Chief Financial Officer

About Us

Conversant Group is an IT infrastructure and security consulting company based in Chattanooga, TN. Conversant Group has provided technical, organizational, procedural, and process consulting internationally since the company was formed in 2009.

Unlike many in IT, Conversant Group has a unique perspective: technology is a tool, nothing more. Technology should support the business, and the business should support the people.

About This Position

The CFO at Conversant Group will be responsible for directing the fiscal functions of the company in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board and other regulatory and advisory organizations and in accordance with financial management techniques and practices appropriate within the industry.

With your detail oriented and problem-solving mindset, you will be responsible for leading accounting, finance, and administrative functions in a manner that align operational excellence and organizational mission, vision, and values.

As a key member of the leadership team, you will build, develop, coach, and lead a high performing Finance organization. You thrive in an environment where you move from strategy to hands-on completion of accounting and financial analysis.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, develop, organize, implement, direct and evaluate the organization's fiscal function and performance.
  • Participate in the development of the company’s plans and programs as a strategic partner.
  • Evaluate and advise on the impact of long-range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action.
  • Develop credibility for the finance group by providing timely and accurate analysis of budgets, financial reports and financial trends in order to assist the leadership team in performing their responsibilities.
  • Develop, enhance, implement, and enforce policies and procedures of the organization by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the corporation.
  • Establish credibility throughout the organization as an effective developer of solutions to business challenges.
  • Managed all order management and purchasing processes.
  • Work alongside external public accountants to file federal and state income taxes.
  • Ensure the timely and correct filing of all foreign, state, and local taxes.
  • Provide technical financial advice and knowledge to others within the financial discipline.
  • Continual improvement of the budgeting process through education of department managers on financial issues impacting department budgets.
  • Optimize the handling of bank and deposit relationships and initiate appropriate strategies to enhance cash position.
  • Develop a reliable cash flow projection process and reporting mechanism that includes minimum cash threshold to meet operating needs.
  • Be an advisor from the financial perspective on any contracts into which the corporation may enter.
  • Evaluate the finance division structure and team plan for continual improvement of the efficiency and effectiveness of the group as well as provide individuals with professional and personal growth with emphasis on opportunities (where possible) of individuals.
  • Participate in Conversant projects as necessary.
  • Work alongside General Counsel to review, edit, and approve [non-financially binding] contracts.
  • Serve as the company’s risk management authority by ensuring proper insurance levels and governing all contracts and associated language.
  • Manage the contract storage, review, and compliance processes.
  • Other duties as required.

 Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field required. MBA strongly preferred.
  • CPA certification required.
  • 6+ years of equivalent experience required.
  • Prior leadership experience in an accounting and finance role with a demonstrated record of successful improvement of department effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Must desire a hands-on role with proven ability to make strategic impact.
  • Demonstrated strong written and oral communication skills, including strong teambuilding skills.
  • Ability to form relationships across all levels of the company while modeling Conversant’s culture and values.
  • Excellent computer technology experience, especially as it relates to Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, and web-based software.
  • Excellent analytical and organizational abilities.

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