Senior Security Research Engineer - Kill-chain Expert (Red/Blue/Purple Team)

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Company Description

Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS) accelerates digital transformation so that customers can be more agile, efficient, resilient, and secure. The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange is the company’s cloud-native platform that protects thousands of customers from cyberattacks and data loss by securely connecting users, devices, and applications in any location. 

With more than 10 years of experience developing, operating, and scaling the cloud, Zscaler serves thousands of enterprise customers around the world, including 450 of the Forbes Global 2000 organizations. In addition to protecting customers from damaging threats, such as ransomware and data exfiltration, it helps them slash costs, reduce complexity, and improve the user experience by eliminating stacks of latency-creating gateway appliances. 

Zscaler was founded in 2007 with a mission to make the cloud a safe place to do business and a more enjoyable experience for enterprise users. Zscaler’s purpose-built security platform puts a company’s defenses and controls where the connections occur—the internet—so that every connection is fast and secure, no matter how or where users connect or where their applications and workloads reside.

Job Description

The Senior Security Research Engineer will report to the Principal Security Researcher. This is a research position within the Engineering team that delivers cutting-edge threat detection innovation for ZScaler Deception. The Zscaler Deception research team is responsible for ideating and demonstrating new features, toolsets, and workflows to enhance our ability to trap adversaries across the entire kill-chain using Active Defense principles. 

This team exists with the goal of stopping APT threats, targeted attacks, and ransomware. The primary job role is to enhance our product and service offerings by developing innovative new use cases for threat detection and prevention. The ideal candidate must be a subject matter expert in either the Red / Blue or Threat Hunting space. This position requires working closely with engineering and customers to test and integrate new capabilities.

ThreatLabZ is the security research arm of Zscaler. This world-class team is responsible for hunting new threats and ensuring that the 15 million users on the global Zscaler platform are always protected. In addition to malware research and behavioral analysis, team members are involved in the research and development of new prototype modules for advanced threat protection on the Zscaler platform, and regularly conduct internal security audits to ensure that Zscaler products and infrastructure meet security compliance standards. ThreatLabZ regularly publishes in-depth analyses of new and emerging threats on its portal, research.zscaler.com.


Responsibilities/What You’ll Do

  • Implement ideas and PoCs to improve existing product capabilities
  • Research and implement ideas in new domains to expand product and service capabilities
  • Work with internal stakeholders to drive research projects to completion
  • Work closely with developers to implement research PoCs in the product

What’s in it for you?

  • Become an expert at deeply understanding modern threats and defenses
  • Be a key player in defining the future of Zscaler deception products and services
  • Indulge your creativity to find solutions to complex security challenges
  • Spend time working on interesting technical problems
  • Explore a wide array of domains inaccessible in most other job roles
  • Access to resources for the craziest ideas

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of full kill-chain red teaming OR advanced blue teaming OR threat hunting experience OR a combination above
  • Must have held a technical team lead position in a red/blue team OR must be able to demonstrate that they were a key player in such a team
  • Must be an expert in Active Directory attacks and defenses (AD)
  • Must be intricately familiar with how AD is leveraged in modern attacks
  • Ability to articulate and PoC techniques in MITRE ATT&CK
  • Strong Windows fundamentals in the context of adversary emulation for recon, privilege escalation, credential harvesting, and lateral movement
  • Ability to write functional code in any language
  • Strong communication skills required
  • Practical knowledge of cloud attack vectors (Azure/ AWS/ GCP) is a huge plus and will be viewed in lieu of traditional on-premise security expertise

We are currently not seeking candidates with web application security / VAPT experience. If you have this experience and wish to transition to this role, please attach a cover letter demonstrating your research experience relevant to the requirements above. 

Additional Information

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Why Zscaler?
People who excel at Zscaler are smart, motivated and share our values. Ask yourself: Do you want to team with the best talent in the industry? Do you want to work on disruptive technology? Do you thrive in a fluid work environment? Do you appreciate a company culture that enables individual and group success and celebrates achievement? If you said yes, we’d love to talk to you about joining our award-winning team. 
Additional information about Zscaler (NASDAQ: ZS ) is available at https://www.zscaler.com. 

Zscaler is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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