Threat Researcher 2

Bangalore, KA, IN, 560103

Sophos Labs

Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved

Sophos evolves to meet every new challenge, protecting more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by SophosLabs, our cloud-native and AI-enhanced solutions are able to adapt and evolve to secure endpoints and networks against never-before-seen cybercriminal tactics and techniques. Managed through our award-winning, cloud-based platform, Sophos Central, our best-of-breed products work together through our unique Synchronized Security system to share threat intelligence and respond to evolving threats. The Sophos suite of products secures networks and endpoints against automated and active-adversary breaches, ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, phishing, and more.

Job Purpose

The Generic Threats teams mandate is to find brand new and notable threats, assess their risk and produce protection where necessary. This include advanced targeted attacks, "attack tool" research, handling of vulnerability advisories and publishing blogs and whitepapers.

The successful candidate will provide analysis of the evolving cyber threat landscape and contribute to create the next generation of SophosLabs research tools. The ideal candidate is passionate about computer security and has high aptitude for solving challenging puzzles with an attention to detail.


Main Duties


  • Perform cyber threat analysis utilizing multiple information sources
  • Engage research based on cyber threat intelligence
  • Investigate APT campaigns and understand cyber threat actors, their motivations and technical capabilities
  • Identify steps to be taken to respond and minimize the impact of emerging threats
  • Reverse engineer files to discover their intended functionality and risks to customers
  • Write threat descriptions for publication on the Sophos website and threat research whitepapers in a timely fashion
  • Triage requests submitted by other departments, respond to tasks or escalate complex issues to senior team members
  • Generating intelligence on new trends in the Threat Landscape and distributing between departments outside of the Lab
  • Identify opportunities to write blogs for the Sophos website to raise customer awareness


Skills & Experience



  • Experience with x86 assembly
  • Experience in researching and reverse engineering malware using tools such as IDA Pro, WinDbg, OllyDbg and Hex editors
  • Computer and Web Security experience
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Published technical / whitepapers
  • Understanding of scripting basics (Perl/Python/Regexp)
  • Experience with a wide array of Internet technologies and protocols (HTML, JavaScript, SMTP, DNS)




  • Experience with a broad range of operating systems
  • Programming skills and experience (C/C++/Python/Perl)
  • Understanding of advanced executable file formats (ELF/DEX/Mach-O)
  • Familiarity with exploitable file formats including Java, PDF, Flash and Office documents
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Software (or equivalent)



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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