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Principal Security Analyst and Research Engineer

Company: Splunk
Location: San Jose
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

Join us as we pursue our disruptive new vision to make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. We are a company filled with people who are passionate about our product and seek to deliver the best experience for our customers. At Splunk, we're committed to our work, customers, having fun and most importantly to each other's success. Learn more about Splunk careers and how you can become a part of our journey!
Are you passionate about working on products that have a positive impact on the technology world? Do you enjoy building large scale applications that are running on huge data sets? Do you value working in an environment where you're empowered to make key technical decisions across a full stack of technologies? If so, a role on the Security Applications Engineering team could be a great fit for you.
As a Principal-level Security Analyst and Research Engineer, you will join our Splunk Attack Analyzer Team (the artist formerly known as TwinWave) in developing detections for our industry-leading, microservice-based threat analysis pipeline. You can contribute as a utility player (you enjoy creating detections for a wide range of threats using a wide range of technologies) or as an expert (creating detections and detection technologies) in one of the following areas:

  • Phishing

  • Windows Sandboxing

    Our team is a combination of individuals whose skills/roles range from a pure developer, to an analyst, to a researcher, to something in between. We believe that you should be able to choose your own adventure and figure out the best way to provide relevant and timely detections to our customers. We try to allow you to play to your strengths, while improving upon areas of opportunity. If a good day to you means causing miscreants to have a bad one, joining our jovial band of talented and dedicated detection engineers might be just the role you are looking for!
    As a Security Analyst and Researcher, you will keep abreast of the current threat landscape and implement detections to protect our customers.
    You will work closely with the developers on the team to identify issues, missing features, and feature enhancements in detection techniques, detection engines, and automation.

    • 5+ years of demonstrated ability as a detection engineer, security researcher, or threat analyst.

    • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or another quantitative field. Equivalent education and/or experience will be considered.

    • Ability to write detections for a variety of modern threats: phishing, malware, and exploits (Regex, Yara, ClamAV, Suricata, Sigma, Behavioral-based (Sandbox such as Cuckoo/CAPE)).

      Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

      • Understanding of the modern threat landscape facing Enterprise environments today.

      • Ability to create complex regular expressions for detection purposes.

      • Proficiency with Golang or Python.

      • Proficiency with JSON.

      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

        Nice To Haves

        • Familiarity with modern web-based phishing tactics.

        • Understanding of typical Phishkit structure.

        • Understanding of Microsoft Office file formats and how they can be abused for the delivery of threats.

        • Knowledge of commonly abused windows file formats (chm, hta, xlst, vbs, bat, html, csv, and others).

        • Knowledge of Windows internals, hooking techniques, and Sandbox-based detections.

        • Ability to reverse engineer malicious Windows executables.

        • Experience writing file format parsers using RFC's, Microsoft file format specifications.

        • Knowledge of commonly used and abused network protocols (HTTP, FTP, SMTP).

        • Knowledge of the MITRE ATT&CK Framework and additional relevant attacker TTP's.

          What We Offer You

          • A constant stream of new things for you to learn. We're always expanding into new areas, bringing in open-source projects and contributing back, and exploring new technologies.

          • A set of exceptionally talented and dedicated peers, all the way from engineering to customer support.

          • Growth and mentorship. We believe in growing engineers through ownership and leadership opportunities. We also believe mentors help both sides of the equation.

          • A stable, collaborative and supportive work environment.

          • Fun. It is one of our core tenets.

          • Work life balance, with efficient work from home environments today and modern offices standing by for future times.

            We value diversity at our company. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics in the location in which the candidate is applying.
            For job positions in San Francisco, CA, and other locations where required, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
            We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.
            Note: Splunk provides flexibility and choice in the working arrangement for most roles, including remote and/or in-office roles. We have a market-based pay structure which varies by location. Please note that the base pay range is a guideline and for candidates who receive an offer, the base pay will vary based on factors such as work location as set out below, as well as the knowledge, skills and experience of the candidate. In addition to base pay, this role is eligible for incentive compensation and benefits, and may be eligible for equity.
            Benefits are an important part of Splunk's Total Rewards package. This role is eligible for a competitive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, a 401(k) plan and match, paid time off, an ESPP and much more! Learn more about our comprehensive benefits and wellbeing offering here ( .
            Base Pay Range
            SF Bay Area, Seattle Metro, and New York City Metro Area
            Base Pay Range: $180,800 - 248,600 per year
            California (excludes SF Bay Area), Washington (excludes Seattle Metro), Washington DC Metro, and Massachusetts
            Base Pay Range: $171,200 - 235,400 per year
            All other cities and states excluding California, Washington, Massachusetts, New York City Metro Area and Washington DC Metro Area.
            Base Pay Range: $153,600 - 211,200 per year
            About Splunk
            Splunk was founded to pursue a disruptive new vision: make machine data accessible, usable and valuable to everyone. Machine data is one of the fastest growing and most complex areas of big data-generated by every component of IT infrastructures, applications, mobile phone location data, website clickstreams, social data, sensors, RFID and much more.
            Splunk is focused specifically on the challenges and opportunity of taking massive amounts of machine data, and providing powerful insights from that data. IT insights. Security insights. Business insights. It's what we call Operational Intelligence.
            Since shipping its software in 2006, Splunk now has over 13,000 customers in more than 110 countries around the world. These organizations are using Splunk to harness the power of their machine data to deepen business and customer understanding, mitigate cybersecurity risk, prevent fraud, improve service performance and reduce costs. Innovation is in our DNA - from technology to the way we do business. Splunk is the platform for Operational Intelligence!
            Splunk has more than 2,700 global employees, with headquarters in San Francisco, an office in San Jose, CA and regional headquarters in London and Hong Kong.
            We've built a phenomenal foundation for success with a proven leadership team, highly passionate employees and unique patented software. We invite you to help us continue our drive to define a new industry and become part of an innovative, and disruptive software company.
            Benefits & Perks: Wow! This is really cool!
            SF Only
            Medical, full company paid Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts, Commuter Accounts, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), 401(k), 3 weeks of PTO, sick leave, stocked micro kitchens in Splunk offices, catered lunches on Mondays, catered breakfast on Fridays, basketball hoops, ping pong, arcade games, BBQ's, soccer, "Fun Fridays".
            Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
            Non SF
            Medical, full company paid Dental, Vision and Life Insurance, Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts, Commuter Accounts, Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP), 401(k), 3 weeks of PTO and sick leave. Our work environments vary by location however we believe in hosting amenities and fun activities to fuel our energy. You may find fully stocked micro kitchens, catered lunches on Mondays and breakfast on Fridays, basketball hoops, ping pong, arcade games, BBQ's, soccer and "Fun Fridays".
            This isn't a job - it's a life changer - are you ready?
            Individuals seeking employment at Splunk are considered without regards to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability or medical condition (except where physical fitness is a valid occupational qualification), genetic information, veteran status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. Click here to review the US Department of Labor's EEO is The Law notice. Please click here to review Splunk's Affirmative Action Policy Statement.
            Splunk does not discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Please click here to review Splunk's Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.
            Splunk is also committed to providing access to all individuals who are seeking information from our website. Any individual using assistive technology (such as a screen reader, Braille reader, etc.) who experiences difficulty accessing information on any part of Splunk's website should send comments to Please include the nature of the accessibility problem and your e-mail or contact address. If the accessibility problem involves a particular page, the message should include the URL of that page.
            Splunk doesn't accept unsolicited agency resumes and won't pay fees to any third-party agency or firm that doesn't have a signed agreement with Splunk.
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