Network Engineer

PA, US, 16066


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.


Job Purpose:

We are looking for a Network Engineer to join our Network Security Group in Cranberry Township, PA. Sophos NSG develops industry leading Firewall, SG UTM, Secure Wi-Fi, and Secure Web Gateway products.

The engineer will assist in building, supporting and deploying the hardware and software for development and quality assurance teams across global Sophos labs/data-centers. This individual will apply his/her skills in systems administration and network administration to support the usage needs of the engineering teams and the broader organizations. Along with technical skills, the position requires someone who can maintain careful documentation and keep the extensive lab inventory current in a DevOps fashion based on Infrastructure as Code principles.


Main Duties:

  • [40% time] Technical liaison to DevOps/Lab Manager as subject matter expert in the following areas:
    • Technical interface to all internal organization (e.g., Security, IT, etc.) and external (e.g., ISP, Equipment Vendors – technical selection, staying abreast of key technical partner roadmaps, etc.) entities
      • Maintain IT components as needed. Configure and maintain networking and site infrastructure (switches, routers, security components, VPNs etc.) as required
    • Define and implement improvements to existing Labs Infrastructure (e.g., maturity of cell architecture)
    • Define and implement improvements to existing Labs Tools (e.g., ATM to Netbox transition)
    • Implement Python script improvements to AXC switch interface for Test Automation
    • Define and implement NEX (NSG Engineering Excellence) programs such as Continuous Development/Continuous Integration pipelines, including build/configuration management, streamlining the end-to-end release process
    • Responsible for capturing work activity in JIRA and plan effort accordingly using scrum principles
  • [60% time]
    • Hands-on, in office/lab, NSG-ELS team support of the following
      • Root Cause Analysis of recurring lab infrastructure challenges
        • Diagnose and fix hardware or software problems as necessary in supported systems
      • Addressing high priority interrupt issues as identified by Management (e.g., augmenting existing staff in deployment of new HW platforms, etc.)
      • Install server and other hardware in the labs
      • Install necessary software (typically Linux distributions) in a reproducible manner
      • Ensure maximum lab uptime meeting internal organization SLAs
      • Support the engineering teams in performing product development and testing and day-to-day operations and maintenance.

Skills & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or Computer/Electrical Engineering, MS preferred
  • 5+ years of system administration and support experience.
  • Hands-on experience installing and configuring a wide variety of servers, operating systems, security appliances, and applications
  • Thorough understanding of networking concepts and ability to configure them, such as switches, VLANs, IP routing, and firewall rules
  • Experience with virtualized environments such as VMware
  • Comfortable in navigating a Linux command line and OS through command line
  • Able to modify Linux operating systems and debugging system issues
  • Strong knowledge of Linux Bash and Python Scripting in a Linux environment.
  • Working Knowledge of a configuration management tool (preferably Ansible), especially as it applies to systems administration and testing.
  • Experience working in QA or a similar testing environment highly desirable
  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal
  • Excellent organization and time management abilities
  • Onsite availability is a must


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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