Consultant, Security Research Services (Unit 42) - Remote in Santa Clara, California
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.
We’re changing the nature of work. Palo Alto Networks is evolving to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. From benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks. And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together.
Unit 42 is looking for someone who can help us help our clients protect user data, improve anti-scraping efforts, and train machine learning detection models.
Investigate mobile applications, websites, browser extensions, and other digital assets
Leverage physical and emulated sandboxed environments for analysis
Leverage proxy technologies to capture web traffic generated by applications
Inspect web traffic logs to identify anomalous or suspicious activity
Identify unauthorized exfiltration, handling, or use of end-user data including Personally Identifiable Information (“PII”), created content, credentials, etc
Understand and adhere to best practices for operational security (“OPSEC”) concepts
Edit and write SQL queries or scripts to query APIs
Review application source code and artifacts
Reverse engineering of applications, tools, etc
Leverage formal and informal internal documentation to quickly interpret unknown data behavior
Create replicable processing scripts/notebooks, and document steps taken
Help develop and refine ongoing data and code review strategies and workflows
Regularly and uniformly report finding - Create a narrative to the analysis performed
Understand how web requests are formed including POST parameters, HTTP headers, user agents, request parameters, request cookies, etc
Query back-end databases using Presto SQL
Utilize web logs to identify traffic and request patterns
Review and validate external penetration test results to determine severity
Actively participate in the development, documentation, and implementation of new processes to expand and mature capabilities for the organization
Continuous involvement in workstream growth and process improvement
Ideal candidate will have 2+ years of following-
Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent military experience, preferably in a technical or security-related field
Knowledge of fundamental computer science concepts
Positions or experience with corporate data environments, databases, and/or security experience preferred
Analytical problem-solving skills, including how to interpret technical requirements and turn them into operational steps that can scale
Ability to work both independently and as an effective team member, in a fast-paced environment - Strong multi-tasking and time-management skills
Privacy or cybersecurity industry certifications are a plus
Proven ability to work analytically while demonstrating effective leadership, project management, teamwork, and innovation
Experience in working with smaller teams and/or start-up organizations
Software development or scripting experience is a plus
Unit 42 specializes in providing data breach response, digital forensics, and risk management consulting services to a growing list of clients ranging from small enterprises to Fortune 50 corporations around the world, as well as federal government agencies. Our experts combine deep security knowledge and proprietary technology to rapidly provide effective incident response, attack readiness, and remediation plans for organizations around the world. With offices in Reston, New York, Austin, and Los Angeles, we are firmly entrenched and well positioned as a leading provider of incident response.
Unit 42 is looking for Consultants to work with a single, long-term client across a wide-range of their unique security and regulatory needs. Unit 42 has nine distinct teams working on this engagement, and understands nobody will have all of the skills listed below - but the ability to be versatile and work across multiple teams is highly desirable.
We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.
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The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer, the starting salary (includes on-target earnings = base + on target incentives for sales roles) is expected to be between $101,200/yr to $126,500/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here (http://benefits.paloaltonetworks.com/) .
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