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Senior Threat Researcher

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP

Sophos Labs

Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved

 

Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K. More information is available at www.sophos.com

Senior Threat Researcher

 

We have a fantastic opportunity here at SophosLabs for a Senior Threat Researcher to join our global Behaviour Protection Team - our highly skilled team of security experts deliver proactive behaviour-based protection & system cleaning against Windows malware.

 

You will be passionate about discovering & defeating the tactics threat actors use and abuse to persist, embed & hide their nefarious activities on targeted systems. You will take a keen interest in emerging technologies and apply creative & adversarial thinking to problem solving.

 

Our team are both recognised and active members in the wider threat research community. Take a look at some of their blogs / publications via the following links –

 

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2021/03/01/gootloader-expands-its-payload-delivery-options/

 

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2021/02/02/agent-tesla-amps-up-information-stealing-attacks/

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2020/12/16/systembc/

https://news.sophos.com/en-us/2020/10/14/inside-a-new-ryuk-ransomware-attack/

 

Duties

 

As a Remediation Specialist in the Behaviour Protection Team, you will be involved in and take the lead in:

 

  • Reverse engineering and debugging malware, understanding the complete end-to-end kill chain, from attack vector to persistent payload
  • Identifying new tactics & techniques used to implant malicious code in targeted systems
  • Data mining to discover emerging patterns and thwart attacks using cloud-assisted technology
  • Working with product & data science teams to build features, processes & tools to cope with the rapidly evolving threat landscape

 

Key responsibilities:

 

  • Monitor & update cloud-assisted remediation system to remove prevalent attacks from affected machines
  • Analyse top malware & potentially-unwanted application infections for new persistence tactics
  • Develop algorithms & data-driven processes to measure & continuously improve malware cleanup
  • Consult with development teams to enhance remediation features in Sophos products
  • Publish blog articles and/or whitepapers on threat research

 

Skills & experience required:

 

The successful candidate has extensive knowledge of Windows internals, is fluent in assembly, and has a knack for getting to the bottom of any issue. You enjoy thinking creatively; combining your deep technical knowledge, your tenacity for innovation, and your can-do attitude to solve complex and challenging problems on a daily basis.

 

  • Bachelor degree in Computer Software (Computer Security preferable)
  • Experience in computer security field/role
  • Proficient in Windows debugging of hostile code
  • Detailed knowledge of Windows operating system internals
  • Excellent grasp of compilers & disassembly
  • Reverse engineering using IDA Pro

 

In return we offer a competitive salary and benefits package and of course the opportunity to join a dynamic and progressive team.

 

 

Equal Opportunities

Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation.

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At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.


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