Director, Security Research

Full Time
Hillsboro, OR
Areas of Interest: Technology Research and Development
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Our goal at McAfee is be the #1 security provider in the industry by providing product solutions which will protect over 1B users/endpoints by 2018. As a Director for Security Research, you will be expected to be a fiercely independent thinker who can lead with novel and trendsetting ideas in threat research. You will be responsible for delivering McAfee's threat intelligence strategy. You will be responsible to build and direct a team of advanced Infosec researchers who will assist you in tracking and profiling global threat actor groups, their TTPs and threat campaigns. This will include developing internal tools, maturing threat analysis processes and utilizing products for the purposes of data harvesting and analysis for intelligence. You will be responsible for creating and delivering strategic threat Intelligence briefs for our customers and partners. You will liaison with your peers in the industry to share threat intelligence and participate in the cyber security initiatives across the industry. You will also be responsible for liaising with the product engineering team to create requirements for the new intelligence gathering and analytics modules within our products. Primary responsibilities include: Manage the cyber threat intelligence lifecycle. Create and utilize tools for Intelligence gathering and prioritization. Build and utilize platforms for threat monitoring, campaign detection, malware hunting and security analytics. Build threat intelligence workflows and tools capable of storing actor and family traits, campaign information, IOC's, IOA's and notification and alerting systems based on information correlation. Develop strategy to tackle specific campaigns, actor groups and to track related kill chains. Utilize open source Intelligence and collaborate with internal and external partners for the purposes of Intelligence sharing. Develop key dashboards for threat management activities and outcome reporting. Communicate to senior leadership about cyber threats and trends as well as effective countermeasures Actively research APT type threats, 0-day exploits, advanced malware families Drive technical requirements to help build intelligence into our products and in backend systems Share research and intelligence insights by means of blogs, publications and presentations in security events.


You must possess the below minimum qualifications to be initially considered for this position. Preferred qualifications are in addition to the minimum requirements and are considered a plus factor in identifying top candidates. Experience listed below would be obtained through relevant previous schooling, industry jobs and/or research experience.

Minimum qualifications:
7+ years in leadership management roles. Must have a BS or MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or related technical discipline Experience working with Security Operations Centers (SOC), CERT, etc and utilizing Threat Intelligence platforms Extensive experience with STIX, OPENIOC and related threat intelligence sharing formats Deep experience with Forensics and Incident response Experience conducting threat research focused on nation state and generic malware actors. Have a strong understanding of actor TTP's, abilities and kill chains.

Preferred qualifications:

Recognized by peers in the industry as a thought leader. Has innovative ideas and demonstrates confidence to promote, share and implement ideas into actionable outcomes. Understanding of terminology and tactics employed by threat actors. Security certifications CISSP, GIAC, GCIA, SANS. etc. is desired. Actively hold a security clearance. Experience in an Incident response role is a plus. Experience working with Law Enforcement assisting in tackling cybercrime. Reading/Writing skills of non-English languages such as Russian, Chinese, Farsi, Urdu, etc.

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