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Principal Software Engineer - Cross Platform (Cortex XDR)


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.

Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. 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.

Our Approach to Work

We lead with flexibility and choice in all of our people programs. We have disrupted the traditional view that all employees have the same needs and wants. We offer personalization and offer our employees the opportunity to choose what works best for them as often as possible - from your wellbeing support to your growth and development, and beyond!

At Palo Alto Networks, we believe in the power of collaboration and value in-person interactions. This is why our employees generally work from the office three days per week, leaving two days for choice and flexibility to work where you feel most effective. This setup fosters casual conversations, problem-solving, and trusted relationships. While details may evolve, our goal is to create an environment where innovation thrives, with office-based teams coming together three days a week to collaborate and thrive, together!

Your Career

The Cross Platform team takes part in the development of Cortex XDR Agent, a disruptive anti-exploit & anti-malware product. The XDR agent is the foundation of most of the Cortex products, providing the “boots-on-the-ground” for Palo Alto’s endpoint protection solutions. The team focuses on the endpoint and works on delivering a cross platform agent for desktop and mobile, and builds revolutionary new capabilities to improve security and performance over millions of endpoints.

We’re looking for a Senior Engineer that could take a leading position in the team, lead features end-to-end by creating and owning particular flows, easily ramp-up on projects old and new and deliver substantial improvements on the whole product.

More information about Endpoint Protection products can be found here .

Your Impact

  • Create or take over features from design, through development all the way to deployment and support in customer environments
  • Lead Integration with colleagues on new APIs and flows inside the team and with teams from other teams and groups
  • Research complex issues from the field and provide creative solutions
  • Serve as a leading individual in a very strong team professionally and personally - We’re looking for someone who not only delivers his own work but improves that of those around them
  • Find space for growth to push the entire team or group forward - New projects, changing processes or improving existing tools

Your Experience

  • 5+ years of experience in software development
  • Experience with system programming for any major OS (Windows/Linux/Android/Mac)
  • Familiarity with modern C++ development
  • Familiarity with Rust development tools and framework
  • Some android experience
  • Experience with one or more of the following skills/technologies - User-mode internals, Security technologies (ASLR, DEP, etc.), Reverse engineering with IDA Pro, Python
  • Contributions to open source projects or a complex hobby project
  • Motivated to understand how things work

The Team

Our engineering team is at the core of our products and connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. We are constantly innovating — challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. Our engineers don’t shy away from building products to solve problems no one has pursued before.

We define the industry instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of a challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.

You will be part of a growing, passionate, and dynamic team with an opportunity to work on challenging and exciting projects — centered on what we believe is one of the most significant mission statements in the world. We also strive to be the most people-centric company ever! That means we’re constantly working to make your experience amazing, and you are part of the team breaking boundaries of what the workplace can be!

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.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

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

The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer at the posted level, the starting base salary (for non-sales roles) or base salary + commission target (for sales/commissioned roles) is expected to be between  $144,200/yr to $233,200. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here


Is role eligible for Immigration Sponsorship?: Yes

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