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Distinguished Research Engineer (SaaS Security)


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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.

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Your Career

As a Distinguished Engineer, you will provide technical and strategic leadership to SaaS Security research teams to evaluate threats to SaaS applications, analyze potential attacks, build detections and deliver industry leading solutions to protect customers.  You understand the business imperatives tied to these strategic projects, help define the roadmap and delivery vision while ensuring engineering excellence. You will help build the strategy for your teams to architect, design and deliver the next wave of SaaS Security innovations.

Your Impact

We are looking for an exceptionally talented security researcher to be a part of a fast paced SaaS Security team with prior experience in threat detection, malware, UEBA, SaaS or Cloud SaaS security. This team is responsible for fast-growing cloud delivered security services that  provide visibility and real time security for SaaS applications such as Box, Dropbox, GitHub, Google Apps, Slack, Salesforce and many more. This role will give you an unrivaled opportunity to build enterprise class cloud security solutions for the continuously growing and rapidly changing SaaS Applications world.

  • Provide leadership and guidance to the research team responsible for SaaS Application signature development, Security postures, User risk, Application risk and SaaS threat detection
  • Research the best practices of security posture of the SaaS applications 
  • Research and develop new features as SaaS applications release new security settings or features
  • Evaluate threats to SaaS applications, analyze potential attacks, build detections and deliver industry leading solutions to protect customers
  • Guide team on developing necessary tools to assist with research, development & maintenance of application signatures
  • Partner with Product and Business teams to ideate, collaborate and define roadmaps to deliver innovative capabilities to market
  • Involve in the complete development life cycle starting with research on various requirements, understand & define functional specs, convert them into solid signatures with high efficacy/quality & measure the efficacy based on production data
  • Work closely with all stakeholders in various phases of security research and development to ensure deliverables with high efficacy/quality & measure the efficacy based on production data
  • Work closely with the technical support team to handle customer escalations. Analyze the product gaps that resulted in customer issues and improve the signature resiliency and test strategy


Your Experience

  • MS / PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, or related field
  • 12+ years industry / academia experience in software development, minimum 7 years as security researcher in SaaS security, Cloud security, Threat detection, Malware, UEBA or Data Security 
  • In depth understanding of HTTP/s protocol, web content and web API/s is must. Hands-on experience with traffic analysis tools like Wireshark or Fiddler is a must. 
  • Strong understanding of security threats, tactics, procedures, and remediation
  • Excellent programmer;  experience in Python is a must. Javascript will be a plus.
  • Understand and research from third party API documentation, swagger
  • Good Knowledge of best practices to protect SaaS Applications
  • Have a "get stuff done" attitude, enjoy being hands-on and working alongside the team to solve the most pressing problems in a fast-paced, collaborative environment
  • Bonus:

    • Experience with CASB, SSPM, CSPM or APIs from O365, Salesforce or other SaaS application 

    • Application security, Offensive Security, Web security, or Bug Bounty hunting experience

    • Good understanding of security products like Cloud Firewall or Software Web Gateway, Web proxies or cloud security solutions

    • Understanding of  Data Science, AI and Machine Learning techniques. Experience building ML models.

Our Commitment

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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