Sr. Staff Security Research Engineer (Xpanse) at Palo Alto Networks (Remote)

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Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission: 

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. 

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are. 

Job Description

Your Career

We’re looking for a Senior Staff Security Research Engineer for Cortex Xpanse’s policy and payload generation team. You will be responsible for the creation of protocol payloads, which will be used by our internet scanning infrastructure to understand what services are exposed across the global Internet. You will also be responsible for creating new policies, which encode risky device configurations as code that is run over observations from our global scanning data. You will be a key member of a team that proactively sources policies and protocol payloads to create from newly discovered CVEs and responds to Xpanse customer requests.

Our mission is to find risks online and protect the world’s largest organizations from malicious software and hackers. Expanse’s Internet intelligence platform collects petabytes of Internet data, leverages artificial intelligence to discover “unknown unknown” risks for customers, and delivers those insights via a SaaS web application. On this team, you will directly contribute to our mission by defining and delivering on Expanse’s technical roadmap. 

Your Impact

  • Research and develop fingerprints that can help Xpanse identify and structure more and more types of services running on the global Internet.

  • Contribute to Xpanse zero day response by implementing the necessary protocol payloads and policies to detect presence of critical CVEs while effectively communicating with the Xpanse team, across the Cortex business unit, and across Palo Alto Networks.

  • Proactively add customer-requested policies and implement protocol payloads while minimizing false positives & false negatives

  • Research emerging vulnerability threats on the global Internet and contribute to Cortex Research blogs/publications

  • Mentor researchers and continuously improve policy and payload team’s best practices

  • Stay apprised of critical business needs and help us continue to scale

Qualifications

Your Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Engineering, or other technical discipline (or equivalent professional experience)

  • High-level understanding of common network security vulnerabilities, CVSS scoring and exploit techniques

  • Experience with protocol analysis and in-depth knowledge of common protocols such as TLS, HTTP, SSH, SMB, SMTP

  • Experience using network analysis tools like tcpdump and Wireshark

  • Experience designing and building automation frameworks

  • Proficient with regular expressions

  • Demonstrably strong programming/scripting skills in one or more languages (Python, Go, Bash)

  • Ability to concisely communicate complex subject matter to technical and non-technical audiences

  • Ability to work independently as a researcher as well as part of larger cross-functional teams

  • Prior experience performing open-ended security research and showcasing externally via blogs and publications is a plus

  • 3-5 years of experience in areas of security research/systems security/network security

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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  • Vaccine requirements and disclosure obligations vary by country.
  • Unless applicable law requires otherwise, you must be vaccinated for COVID or qualify for a reasonable accommodation if:
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    • The job requires in-person customer contact and the customer has implemented such requirements
    • You choose to access a Palo Alto Networks worksite
  • If you have questions about the vaccine requirements of this particular position based on your location or job requirements, please inquire with the recruiter.

More Information on Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks operates in the Cybersecurity industry. The company is located in Santa Clara, CA and Plano, TX. Palo Alto Networks was founded in 2005. It has 10190 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 454 open jobs at Palo Alto Networks, click here.
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