Senior Threat Researcher

  • Job Reference: 43540827-2
  • Date Posted: 12 October 2017
  • Recruiter: Sophos
  • Location: Abingdon, Oxfordshire
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: I.T. & Communications
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

SophosLabs is a global network of highly skilled and trained analystsand IT security professionals that is the front line in protectingbusinesses from known and emerging threats.

Our analysts cover every area of IT security with integrated systemstracking malware, vulnerabilities, intrusions, spam, legitimateapplications, legitimate and infected websites and mobile threats. Ourautomated systems work with Big Data technologies and continuouslypopulate databases with legitimate and malicious content.

Sophos is focused on delivering the best IT security and dataprotection for businesses. Today Sophos products protect over 100,000businesses and 100 million users, in more than 150 countries. We providean excellent, supportive, open and lively work environment with exposureto leading technologies and opportunities for professional developmentand training.

As a Threat Researcher you will be part of the front line responsiblefor helping to protect millions of users worldwide from computersecurity threats like malware, spam and phishing.

The successful candidate will provide analysis and detection of thelatest threats and help create the next generation of SophosLabsresearch tools. The ideal candidate is passionate about computersecurity and has high aptitude for solving challenging puzzles with anattention to detail.

Main duties

- Analyze malware, spam campaigns and other threats
- Reverse engineer files to discover their intended functionality andrisks to customers
- Create high-quality detection for threats
- Build, test and publish detection data files
- Write threat descriptions for publication on the Sophos website andthreat research whitepapers.
- Triage requests submitted by other departments, respond to tasks orescalate complex issues to senior team members
- Answer customer queries routed through Technical Support and internalqueries from all departments
- Identify opportunities to write blogs for the Sophos website to raisecustomer awareness
- Available for occasional weekend working

Experience And Skills

Essential

- Proven problem-solving skills with an inquisitive nature
- Proven ability to prioritize and organize assigned tasks
- Possess an analytical and methodical approach to workflow
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a global team
- Understanding of basic executable file formats (MZ/NE/PE) orscripting basics (Perl/Python/Regexp)
- Experience with a wide array of Internet technologies and protocols(HTML, JavaScript, SMTP, DNS)

Desirable

- Experience with x86 assembly
- Experience in researching and reverse engineering malware using toolssuch as IDA Pro, WinDbg, OllyDbg and Hex editors
- Computer & Web Security experience
- Experience with a broad range of operating systems
- Programming skills and experience (C/C++/Python/Perl)
- Understanding of advanced executable file formats (ELF/DEX/Mach-O)
- Familiarity with exploitable file formats including Java, PDF, Flashand Office documents
-Published technical / whitepapers
- Bachelors degree in Computer Software (or equivalent)

Benefits
The remuneration package includes:

- Annual holiday entitlement of 25 days
- Group personal pension scheme
- Private medical insurance
- Critical illness insurance
- Death in service policy (life assurance)
- Permanent health insurance
- Travel insurance
- Personal accident cover

Working conditions at Sophos are very good and include:

- Subsidised staff restaurant
- Free beverages, fruit and pastries

NOTICE TO RECRUITERS & PLACEMENT AGENCIES
If you are a recruiter or placement agency, please do not submitresumes to any person or email address at Sophos prior to having asigned agreement from Human Resources. Sophos is not liable for and willnot pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other thanits approved recruitment partners. Furthermore, any resumes sent to uswithout an agreement in place will be considered your company's gift toSophos and may be forwarded to our recruiters for their attention. Thank you. - provided by Dice