Threat Researcher

Abingdon, GB, OX14 3YP

Sophos Labs

As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects nearly 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cybercriminal tactics and techniques, including automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, phishing, and more.

The award-winning Sophos Central cloud-based platform integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of best-of-breed products, from the Intercept X endpoint solution to the XG Firewall, into a single system called Synchronized Security. Sophos products are exclusively available through a global channel of more than 47,000 partners and Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Sophos also makes its innovative commercial technologies available to consumers via Sophos Home. The company is headquartered in Oxford, U.K., and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.”

 

Job Purpose

 

SophosLabs is recruiting a Threat Researcher to join our Dynamic Protection Team – the global team of highly skilled security experts that deliver proactive behavior-based protection against Windows malware.

 

As a member of the Dynamic Protection Team, your primary responsibilities include

 

  • reverse engineering and debugging malware
  • documenting a threat’s behavior end-to-end, from attack vector to persistent payload
  • implementing behavior-based detection to thwart a threat at multiple points in the attack chain
  • data mining to discover new threats and opportunities improve protection
  • working with product teams to adapt to the rapidly evolving threat landscape

 

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.

 

This position is available in the following Sophos locations: Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

 

Main Responsibilities

 

  • Develop behavioral & 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

 

Experience and Skills

 

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

 

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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