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Threat Researcher - Behaviour Protection

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP

Sophos Labs

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Threat Researcher – Behaviour Protection

 

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

 

You will be passionate about threat detection and take a keen interest in emerging threats and the ways and means to protect organisations from the associated risks.

 

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 member of 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
  • Implementing context-aware & behaviour-based detection to provide multiple layers of protection from attacks
  • Data mining to discover new threats and opportunities improve protection
  • Working with product teams to adapt to the rapidly evolving threat landscape

 

Key responsibilities:

 

  • Develop behavioural & memory-based detection for prevalent malware families
  • Produce in-depth analysis of malware families and malicious techniques
  • Consult with development teams to enhance protection features in Sophos products
  • Publish blog articles and/or whitepapers on threat research
  • Support front-line customer escalations within a local on-call rotation

 

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 & Privacy

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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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