Senior Security Researcher

Vancouver, Canada Office, Vancouver, Canada Office, CA, V6C 1W6

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.


Job Purpose:

SophosLabs is recruiting a Senior Anti-spam Researcher for its Messaging Security team to work closely with our global team of highly skilled cybersecurity experts. A successful applicant will become a part of an advanced research team responsible for helping protect millions of users worldwide from cyber-threats that spread via email and other messaging systems. SophosLabs is a global network of highly skilled and trained analysts and IT security professionals that is the front line in protecting businesses from known and emerging threats.


Our analysts cover every area of IT security with integrated systems tracking malware, vulnerabilities, intrusions, spam, legitimate applications, legitimate and infected websites and mobile threats. Our automated systems work with Big Data technologies and continuously populate databases with legitimate and malicious content.


Sophos is focused on delivering the best IT security and data protection for businesses. Today Sophos products protect over 100,000 businesses and 100 million users, in more than 150 countries. We provide an excellent, supportive, open and lively work environment with exposure to leading technologies and opportunities for professional development and training.


Main Duties

  • Research and develop protection against email threats and spam
  • Prototype new technology to automate analysis tasks and improve protection
  • Collaborate with Labs team members to develop and refine tools and workflows
  • Work with engineers and data scientists to review and improve reputation and AI based systems
  • In-depth research into the modern email security problem to produce whitepapers, statistics, conference presentations and blog articles.
  • Instrument network reputation systems. Track abusive networks and ISPs
  • Analyze large amounts of threat intelligence data to expose and report on messaging security trends
  • Crunch through SophosLabs vast volumes of threat intelligence and telemetry data to develop new automation patterns and algorithms
  • Stay on top of technology innovation in the messaging security space. Work with other Sophos teams to develop strategic feature roadmaps
  • Answer customer queries routed via Technical Support and internal queries from all departments
  • Compliance with Sophos systems to protect its digital assets and customers’ privacy and confidential information


Skills & Experience:


  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Software (or equivalent experience)
  • Strong understanding of relevant Internet protocols, technologies, and standards (SMTP, HTTP, DNS, TLS)
  • A creative ability to apply data and data relationships across multiple sources and domains to help solve customer problems
  • Solid working knowledge of querying and manipulating datasets with working experience of at least one industrial-strength database
  • Computer programming/scripting – Python, Shell, JavaScript
  • Solid understanding of SQL
  • Ability to manipulate data and draw insights from large datasets
  • Proven problem solving skills and an attention to detail
  • Experience with Unix/Linux and a range of command-line tools
  • Ability to prioritize and organize assigned tasks
  • Builds stable and useful working relationships with other members of the team
  • Strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills (English)
  • Experience in agile methodologies such as Kanban and/or Scrum


Desired :

  • Anti-spam and threat analysis experience
  • Knowledge of email delivery, including related email standards and technologies – SMTP, RFC822, DKIM, SPF, DMARC
  • Regular expression development skills
  • Computer programming/scripting using Perl, C/C++
  • Experience using ElasticSearch based solutions
  • Developing machine learning and data mining algorithms


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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