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Proofpoint Senior Threat Researcher (Remote - Anywhere in the US) in Reston, Virginia

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.

As a Proofpoint Threat Researcher, you will leverage Proofpoint threat data to serve our most important customers. This team of dynamic and creative threat researchers is focused on working closely with our customers to provide them the latest threat information - both in answering research requests as they come in and by proactively threat hunting through customer data to find actionable threat information.

The successful candidate will have prior experience in at least two of the following areas, including but not limited to threat intelligence, security data analysis, malware analysis, or host-based of network forensics. This role must be able to develop trusted partnerships with our customers and our premium threat research services by providing expert guidance in clear, concise, and actionable deliverables. This role is responsible for both internal and external customer-facing interaction. This role will produce threat landscape briefings, threat insight blogs, and support customer inquiries or requests for information.

Your day-to-day

  • Research actors, campaigns, malware, techniques, forensics, and IOCs to respond to customer inquiries

  • Collaborate with threat researchers and malware researchers to collect, analyze, and deliver intelligence

  • Identify key topics to produce Threat Insight blogs to enable the Proofpoint brand in threat research

  • Apply analytic skills to work in a diverse team, spanning intelligence peers and customer-facing services

  • Deliver threat landscape briefings to customers, user groups, and internal groups

  • Develop trends and/or statistics in actors, campaigns, malware, families, and techniques

  • Investigate threats across multiple platforms to develop and deliver answers to customers

What you bring to the team

  • You have at least 7 years of experience in incident response, threat intelligence, malware analysis

  • You are comfortable in open source tools, tracking open source threats, and research communities.

  • You get praise for being both technical and having strong analytic skills and clear communication

  • You understand email-borne and Cloud-based threats from fraud, e-crime, and nation state actors

  • You have no fear of enabling sales and marketing to evangelize intelligence and enable customers

  • You have skill in AWS Athena, MongoDB, Jupyter notebooks and languages such as SQL and Python

  • You have experience in or are open to a remote, cross-team culture focused on threat research

  • You continue to grow your technical knowledge and passion for surfacing threats

Nice to have

  • Data science skills

  • Malware analysis skills


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

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.