Threat Researcher (Remote) at CrowdStrike

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The CrowdStrike Malware Research Center is the core of Falcon’s malware detection and response capabilities. The team has a focus on understanding the threat landscape and sets the target for what Falcon should be identifying and preventing. Additionally, the MRC is responsible for understanding our capabilities, and mapping how well our machine learning and behavioral protection capabilities are doing against those threats. Where there is a gap, the MRC takes action to improve our detection stance, and improve our overall protection story. There are many parts of CrowdStrike working towards protecting customer environments, and the MRC works across all of them to ensure we are on target and providing the best protection for our current threat landscape.

Threat Research Team

Leading the charge for understanding the activity of malware today is the Threat Research team. With a focus on malware research, the primary role of the team is to understand relevant threats and techniques used in malware that is threatening our customer’s business. The challenge is the enormous scale of malware today and sheer number of samples required to be addressed. This takes a more creative approach than traditional Anti-Virus research, focusing on one sample at a time. The modern threat lab requires an economy of scale through automation and machine learning to allow people to focus on new learnings, and let systems continue to identify malware based on what the team has learned.

About the Role:

The Threat Analyst will take input from many sources and validate if those threats are something Falcon can mount an effective defense against. The analysis can range from simple execution and review of the behaviors to reverse engineering.

As Falcon is first a behavior-based system, understanding how the threat is working and what it is doing to interact with the host environment can be important. The Threat Analyst will be expected to use the appropriate technique to efficiently understand the threat to identify how to best mitigate it.

Additionally, this role will be looked on as the go to person when new threats are reported for understanding those threats and formulating an opinion on how we should be thinking about the threat. Leaning on a proven track record of threat analysis, the successful candidate will be comfortable working to focus on the appropriate threats and clearly communicating key technical details of those threats.

As the gateway to the response organization for many new threats, good cross team collaboration skills are important. Clear, effective communication of technical details in a means which is actionable is the key to success.

Another aspect of the position is working with the engineering team to define automation improvements and process automation to reduce time and manual effort in the analysis of threats. Like communicating the threat details, prioritizing automation tasks and features will help define success of the role. Being able to understand the bigger picture of threat analysis and convey that to the engineering team which may not be familiar with the process will be required. The team will look to the successful candidate to help define and prioritize the roadmap for analysis automation. These are the tools and systems which will ultimately automate manual data collection so more time can be spent on understanding the threat.

Remote U.S. role within a reasonable commuting distance to one of the following offices: Sunnyvale, CA; Irvine, CA; El Segundo, CA; Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Kirkland, WA; St. Louis, MO; Arlington, VA.

Requirements
  • Bachelors or Masters in Computer Science or comparable field required.

  • 4+ year’s experience in the threat research field with a focus on malware analysis.

  • A proven background in advanced reverse engineering on file-based threats, exploits, and other attack techniques are desirable to be demonstrated at a moderate skill level.

  • A reasonable level of proficiency in disassembly.

  • To operate at the level required to disassemble, core principles of structured programming are required to be proficient in.

  • Expert level familiarity with at least one major Operating System is required as a behavior-based system requires in depth knowledge of how the host OS appears, as opposed to how the end user sees it.

  • A good working knowledge of malware-based automation workflows and techniques.

  • The Threat Research team is supported by an engineering team, but proof of concept automation is produced by researchers. Showing competence handing off research to engineering to produce results and ability to produce small code projects to address immediate needs.

  • Strong interpersonal communications skills, with the ability to demonstrate leadership and team building expertise.

  • Experience with threats on mobile devices, and an understanding of security in mobile devices is a plus

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An Insider's view of CrowdStrike

What's something quirky about your company?

Our mascot is a falcon so the SDR team puts falcon in front of activities - for example when we do team stretches when everyone needs to get up from their chair and take a break we call it Falcon Stretch

Jessica

SDR Manager

What does your typical day look like?

A corporate account executive is essentially a relationship manager between any organization that we're working with and CrowdStrike. We're strategic and we really dig into the current security environment of a company. Finding out what their pain points are, finding out what their goals are and then we consultatively position a solution for their

Theo

Corporate Account Executive

How does the company support your career growth?

I started off as an intern and then joined CrowdStrike as an SDR. I was quickly promoted to an SDR team lead and now I'm looking at my next possibilities. I have friends that work in other companies and their trajectory in their first entry level job can take 2-3 years. At CrowdStrike, if you prove yourself, you're fast tracked to the next role.

Marit

SDR Team Lead

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

My leadership style is to be supportive and a little bit experimental. We don't try to cookie cut our reps. We want everyone to find out what they are good at and then coach to those strengths, cover the weaknesses and help everyone find their own way to be successful.

Jack

Director Corporate Sales, East

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

There is real cohesion and teamwork here. We're all in this open setting sharing what is working for us in real time. So I would say it's very much a team and we have a tribal knowledge atmosphere. We all help each other succeed.

Pasquale

Corporate Account Executive

What are CrowdStrike Perks + Benefits

CrowdStrike Benefits Overview

We offer flex schedules, a comprehensive benefits package, health and wellness programs, fully stocked company pantry, company and team events, and commuter benefits. We also offer our people the chance to work on passion projects and innovation during our annual “Think Week” as well as peer recognition and reward programs like Team Bravo award for cross-functional collaboration and Hero award for those who embody our core values and live our culture.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
CrowdStrike supports employees in charitable efforts and community service for charities and causes important to the local team.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Competitive 401(k) plan.
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
RSU's are available as part of employee compensation.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
CrowdStrike provides 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caregiver and 8 weeks leave for the secondary care giver.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We offer pre-tax commuter benefits.
Company Outings
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
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