Security Research Engineer Technical Leader at Cisco (San Diego, CA)

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What You'll Do
As a team member of Cisco's Advanced Security Initiatives Group (ASIG), you will evaluate our global products and services to identify security vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and improvements. You will learn to adopt an attacker mentality using tools, techniques, and processes that emulate real-world adversaries. You will work with amazingly creative, innovative, and collaborative security researchers to develop evolving ethical hacking skills and networking product knowledge. You will partner with Cisco's industry-leading engineering teams to assess the latest system and application architectures, contribute to creative security solutions, and gain unparalleled access to and experience with the latest technologies. You will also have opportunities to research security topics independently or collaboratively to explore and develop tools and ideas as part of our "Free Friday" innovation and incubation process.
Who You'll Work With
Our security team is dynamic, hardworking, fun, and high-energy, but the work is done in a very casual environment that strongly encourages a work/life balance. Not only will you work alongside a team of skilled security researchers with a diverse spectrum of talents and experience levels, but you will also be interacting with a variety of engineering teams across Cisco. Cisco ASIG cultivates an environment where every individual's input and experience is valued. We prioritize training sessions and a mentor program surrounding you with the resources you will need to succeed.
Who You Are
Would you enjoy finding security flaws in critical systems, modeling prototype attacks that malicious actors might take advantage of, and crafting mitigations to thwart motivated and inventive adversaries? If you have a passion for computer security, enjoy solving exciting problems, and relish working with emerging technologies, Cisco wants you! Global ISPs, Fortune 500 companies, and world governments all depend on Cisco for critical infrastructure, and we want to guarantee that we keep delivering highly secured solutions to meet their needs.
Desired Experience
  • 6+ years of security penetration testing experience, including areas like web applications, APIs, user interfaces, and embedded devices
  • 6+ years of software engineering or reverse engineering experience with C, C++, or Python/Ruby, or a commonly used programming language, with experience in secure coding/development and code analysis for vulnerabilities
  • 6+ years of technical leadership experience in security assessments

Skilled in two or more of following areas:
  • Strong understanding of operating system concepts in the areas of memory management, computer architecture, or binary analysis
  • 6+ years of hands on Unix experience with a solid understanding of security hardening configurations and capabilities
  • 6+ years of experience with applied crypto, through implementation or analysis of crypto algorithms
  • 6+ years of experience with network protocols, through implementation or analysis
  • 6+ years of experience as a DevOps engineer, with a focus on DevOps security

OSCP or related industry certifications are a plus.
Other Desired Skills (and/or skills you'll have a chance to develop)
  • Applied architectural security
  • Cryptographic algorithm design and review
  • Operating system fundamentals and secure configuration
  • Security of virtualization platforms and techniques
  • Network protocol analysis and debugging
  • Web protocols and API security
  • Secure development practices
  • Software vulnerability assessment, fuzzing, and code analysis
  • Exploit development

Job Requirements:
Preferred sites: Knoxville, Tennessee; Austin, Texas; or Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Willing to consider remote.
US Citizenship is required due to the nature of the work this position will perform and the government customers with which the role will work.
Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis.
Cisco will consider for employment, on a case by case basis, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records
We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference powering an inclusive future for all.
We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we're "old" (36 years strong) and only about hardware, but we're also a software company. And a security company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do - you can't put us in a box!
But "Digital Transformation" is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)
Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, give our egos a break, and give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, bold steps, and take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a dedication to equality for all, there is no moving forward.
So, you have colorful hair? Don't care. Tattoos? Show off your ink. Like polka dots? That's cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are. Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!
Cisco Covid-19 Vaccination Policy
The health and safety of Cisco's employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the U.S., unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.
More Information on Cisco
Cisco operates in the Cloud industry. The company is located in San Jose, CA, Irvine, CA, San Antonio, TX, Richardson, TX, Overland Park, KS, Bloomington, MN, Chicago, IL, Chicago, IL, Franklin, TN, St. Petersburg, FL, Charlotte, NC, Derndon, VA, Morrisville, NC, Morrisville, NC, Pittsburgh, PA and Boxborough, MA. Cisco was founded in 1984. It has 77500 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 79 open jobs at Cisco, click here.
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