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VMware Senior Malware Threat Researcher - Opportunity for Working Remotely in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Business Summary

VMware Carbon Black, a leader in advanced threat protection, is seeking a Senior Threat Researcher. This is a senior level position in Cyber Security, targeted toward individuals with more than 5 years of specific experience. Educational and personal experience information security related work is necessary. Expert understanding of modern defensive and offensive security tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures is required.

Threat Researchers at Carbon Black are responsible for leading, conducting, and presenting threat research from the Threat Analysis Unit (TAU). This requires a strong understanding of endpoint detection, cloud technologies, security operations, current threat landscape, and emerging threats. Threat Researchers are also expected to provide mentorship to other members of the team, take lead in maturing procedures, evaluate new security technologies, and preferably have an understanding of incident response or penetration testing processes, and prototype/experiment with new ideas and technologies to improve both our product and services.

Job Role and Responsibilities

  • Perform security research, handle complex security events, and coordinate with security and engineering teams

  • Research anomalies to uncover new threat actor groups, malware, vulnerabilities, tools, and techniques

  • Work closely with internal and external customers for product and service improvements

  • Take ownership or support ongoing projects by assisting in the implementation, research, testing and documentation of security related projects

  • Research and manage the implementation of new technologies to enhance business products and customers’ security postures

  • Research reported product security vulnerabilities and bypasses

  • Create custom rules for dissemination into the Carbon Black product suite

  • Train and mentor researchers inside and outside of the TAU group

  • Share data and expertise with private and public communities

  • Actively participate in the security community as a subject matter expert, presenting in Carbon Black customer forums, developing customer threat notifications, writing blog posts, and presenting at conferences

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced knowledge of artifacts and behavior in Windows, Linux, and/or macOS

  • Knowledge of Windows system internals

  • Knowledge of x86 and x64 instruction set architectures

  • Knowledge of defensive capabilities and how attackers bypass them

  • Knowledge of malware anti-analysis techniques

  • 5 years of experience in static and dynamic analysis of malware

  • Experience reverse engineering using tools like IDA Pro, Binary Ninja, or Ghidra

  • Experience using debuggers like x86dbg, windbg, Immunity, or OllyDbg

  • Experience unpacking obfuscated malware samples

  • Experience analyzing malicious documents and scripts

  • Experience developing scripts for automating repetitive analysis tasks

  • Experience collecting and leveraging cyber threat intel for malware family and threat actor tracking

  • Ability to track threat actors and document infrastructure

  • Experience with writing YARA rules

  • Familiarity with MITRE ATT&CK Threat IDs

  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to mentor/train staff and bring awareness to current and emerging threats

  • Ability to translate descriptions of attacks or malware techniques into proof of concept demonstrations for testing and product improvement

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to present technical risks and issues to non-technical audiences

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to track malware campaigns, such as botnets, via infrastructure

  • Experience in analyzing macOS (Mach-O) and Linux (ELF) malware

  • Experience in hunting threats through endpoint security technologies

  • Experience in collection and analysis of large scale families of malware

  • Previous Incident Response or Penetration Testing experience

This job may require the candidate to travel and/or work from a facility that requires full vaccination prior to entry.

Category : Engineering and Technology

Subcategory: Software Engineering

Experience: Manager and Professional

Full Time/ Part Time: Full Time

Posted Date: 2022-05-11

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