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Proofpoint Sr Threat Detection Engineer in New York City, New York

It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

This role is responsible for creating detections rules for our Emerging Threats Pro IDS ruleset and as well as static detections for email-based threats. You'll research an ever-changing landscape of phishing, malware, and exploits to create network and file-based signatures to detect same.

As a Proofpoint Senior Threat Detection Engineer, you will perform in-depth malware analysis and spend time searching through open source as well as internal data to facilitate signature creation, analyzing threats, and make that information meaningful to our customers. You’ll be a part of a team of dynamic and creative threat researchers focused on finding new and emerging threats, understanding how they work, and using that knowledge to improve our products.

Your day-to-day

• Write intrusion detection rules for the Snort and Suricata platforms

• Answer support questions about rule guidance and false positives

• Work with the open source community to maintain and optimize the ETOpen ruleset

• Research new and past threats, including malware, exploit kits, and vulnerabilities

What you bring to the team

• Experience with network traffic inspection tools, such as Wireshark, tcpdump, Arkime, etc.

• Familiarity with writing signatures for the Snort or Suricata IDS platforms.

• An interest in the larger threat landscape

• Familiarity with virtualization technologies, such as VMware products, VirtualBox, KVM, etc.

• Experience with one or more scripting languages. Lua and Python proficiency preferred.

• Experience analyzing and interpreting host, network, and memory artifacts from sandbox environments.

• Experience with regular expressions/PCRE.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

• Creativity, enthusiasm for the malware space, and a willingness to collaborate with the team.

• Must be able to work independently.

This posting is anticipated to remain open until June 15th, 2024


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

Consistent with Proofpoint values and applicable law, we provide the following information to promote pay transparency and equity. Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several U.S. geographic markets, and we pay differently based on those defined markets as set out below. Pay within these ranges varies and depends on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The actual offer will be based on the individual candidate. The range provided may represent a candidate range and may not reflect the full range for an individual tenured employee. This role may be eligible for variable pay and/or equity. We offer a competitive benefits package that includes flexible time off, a robust well-being program that provides for 4 global wellbeing days per year, and a 3-week work from anywhere option.

Base Pay Ranges:

SF Bay Area, New York City Metro Area:

Base Pay Range: 116,690.00 - 183,370.00 USD

California (excludes SF Bay Area), Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Washington DC Metro, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, Virginia, and Alaska:

Base Pay Range: 96,880.00 - 152,240.00 USD

All other cities and states excluding those listed above:

Base Pay Range: 87,220.00 - 137,060.00 USD

Proofpoint has been honored with five Best Places to Work Awards in 2024 by workplace culture leader Comparably, including Best Company Outlook, Best Global Culture, Best Engineering Teams, Best Sales Teams, and Best HR Teams.

To view additional awards, please visit www.proofpoint.com/us/news#awards

Proofpoint thrives on the invaluable contributions of our diverse workforce, which encompasses a kaleidoscope of lived experiences, thoughts, perspectives, and professional expertise. We attribute much of our success to our people, who are at the core of our organization and embody our people-centric ethos.

We hire the most innovative minds globally to safeguard our customers’ sensitive data and intellectual property. Our talented workforce develops and leverages our advanced technology, combining their expertise to provide comprehensive protection against threat actors and mitigate the risks posed by both malicious and negligent employees.

Cyberattacks have the potential to disrupt access to vital resources such as energy, water, transportation, healthcare, and financial services. At Proofpoint, our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure world-class cyber resilience, protecting approximately 8,000 enterprise customers worldwide.

We are committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We work every day to ensure that our employees feel that they are in a community that celebrates their unique identity, cultivates their sense of belonging, and invests in their professional growth. We have 9 employee-led employee inclusion groups which help support both employees and our organization by providing opportunities to network, discuss career and cultural development and uplift the corporate culture to create a more inclusive workplace.

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.