Working at CERT

As a staff member at the CERT Division, you'll have the opportunity to shape and improve the way organizations and individuals worldwide understand and address internet security.

Solving the Cybersecurity Problems of Today and Tomorrow

As the role of internet and information security becomes increasingly important, the work of the CERT Division is vital. Because our teams deal with all phases of cybersecurity--from preventing incidents, to detecting threats, to responding to cyberattacks--our work is relevant to current problems and those on the horizon. 

A Thriving Environment for Research

The CERT Division is located at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute. As part of the university, we have an excellent environment for research. Many staff members serve as or collaborate with faculty at Carnegie Mellon.

Serve Your Country and the World

The CERT Division's work often helps law enforcement or government entities; projects range from securing vital systems, to analyzing threats, to catching cyber criminals. In today's increasingly connected world, our work also benefits people and companies worldwide as cyber threats spread and change.

Living in Pittsburgh

Our main office is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh's 1,600 technology firms include Google, Apple, Bosch, Disney, Uber, Intel, and IBM. It is a leader in cyber defense, software engineering, robotics, and energy research and is home to numerous colleges and universities.

Voted America's most livable city by Forbes Magazine in 2010, Pittsburgh is a dynamic yet comfortable city with something for everyone. Pittsburgh is the third safest city in the U.S. and the sixth-best area for U.S. job growth. Pittsburgh has all the attractions of a bigger city without the usual disadvantages. Its low cost of living ranks it number one in affordability in U.S. cities. Its many city parks, extensive hiking and biking trails, museums and libraries, and sports teams (Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, and college teams) will keep you entertained. With its many colleges and universities, you can catch a college game as well.

Country getaways are an easy afternoon drive. Western Pennsylvania offers a variety of outdoor activities, including rails-to-trails bike paths, parks, golfing, hiking, boating, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, and skiing.

Living in Arlington

Arlington is home to the other sizeable SEI office and is close to urban villages such as Crystal City and U.S. government offices. Arlington, VA is located across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and is best known to visitors as the home to the Pentagon and many historic memorials. Arlington is a car-optional city that offers ease of access for its residents and visitors.

Its population is among the most highly educated in the nation and is increasingly diverse. Arlington is home to many prominent high-tech companies and government organizations and its proximity to Washington, DC makes it easy to visit Washington’s iconic museums, monuments and general attractions such as the National Mall, National Archives, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and many well-known memorials such as the Washington Monument and historical buildings such as Mount Vernon.