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Senior Principal Software Engineer - Data Platform (Cortex Xpanse)


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Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. 

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Your Career

We're looking for a Senior Staff Software Engineer to join the Data Platform team at Xpanse, the newest addition to Palo Alto Networks Cortex.

The Xpanse Internet intelligence platform surveys petabytes of data to find risks online and protect some of the world’s largest organizations from malicious actors. As an engineer on the Xpanse Data Platform team, you will familiarize yourself with the basic infrastructure of the Internet, onboard datasets, and securely integrate client data. Additionally, you will build, operate, and maintain large scale data processing and distributed systems to build a coherent view of the Internet for the Xpanse internet intelligence platform.

As a technical leader, you'll mentor team members, develop features end-to-end, and support systems in production. You'll collaborate with the rest of the team on architectural direction, technical debt, and evolving the team's agile development process.

Your Impact

  • Build the Xpanse internet intelligence platform's ability to more robustly, frequently, and thoroughly detect services across the global Internet
  • Manage, monitor, and improve the quality and rate of refresh for internet intelligence datasets, including RDAP and BGP information, DNS records, GeoIP, threat feeds, honeypot logs, and more
  • Mentor and support your team members, and receive mentorship and support from team members and broader engineering organization
  • Serve as a representative for your team in architectural planning meetings and interactions with peer engineering groups
  • Develop a platform supporting rapid development of new feature areas atop Xpanse data
  • Build automated pipelines that cohere raw datasets into a single, high-quality, and continuous view of the Internet
  • Bring the best technologies to bear against the most pressing issues in cybersecurity
  • Take ownership of projects, drive them to completion, and support them in production

Your Experience

  • Experience in two or more of the areas of focus for the team and interest in learning the rest:
    • Design and development of stream/event-processing architectures using technologies such as Kafka, RabbitMQ, Storm, Spark, or their equivalents
    • Implementation and operation of distributed systems (experience with Kubernetes or similar is a plus)
    • Architecture of software that is used as a platform by other development teams
  • Experience optimizing data pipelines for latency, throughput, and/or economical use of cloud resources
  • Proficiency in Java
  • Experience in supporting your work in production
  • Ability to form and share an opinion about the implementation and operation of distributed back end systems

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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Disclosure required by sb19-085 (8-5-20) of the minimum compensation (includes on-target earnings = base + on target incentives for sales roles) for this role to be located in the state of Colorado. If hired in Colorado, this position starts at $88,000/yr. Depending on the position offered, restricted stock units and incentive or bonus pay may be provided as part of this compensation package. Additional benefits may be found  here .

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