Senior Security Researcher

Redmond, Washington, United States

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The mission of Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is to enable Microsoft to build the most trusted devices and services, while keeping our company safe and our data protected. ​As part of the Microsoft Security organization, and a steward of Microsoft and our customer’s data, a core function of MSRC is ensuring the security of every aspect of the business. MSRC is responsible for company-wide information security and compliance, with a strategic focus on information protection, assessment, awareness, governance, and enterprise business continuity. As customer zero, we deploy and secure these services inside Microsoft and then share best practices with enterprise customers at scale across the globe. We have exciting opportunities for you to innovate, influence, transform, inspire and grow within our organization and we encourage you to apply to learn more!  


Do you want to join the Microsoft GHOST team as a Senior Security Researcher?
Do you have an interest in helping Microsoft’s clients defend themselves against targeted exploitation? Are you interested in being intimately involved in the latest, cutting edge developments in the security industry and having a direct impact on the security of all Microsoft customers? Do you want to be on the front lines of helping our customers go toe-to-toe against advanced adversaries? Are you interested in a fast-paced job full of new opportunities? If so, you might be a candidate for the Global Hunting, Oversight, and Strategic Triage team (GHOST).

We are looking for an experienced Senior Security Researcher with required analytical background to join our team to perform threat hunts, assist with investigations, develop threat intelligence, and to cultivate investigation best practices into Microsoft tooling and products. . Researchers will support a global team to identify and catalog new attacker Tools, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs), victims, and deliver customer notifications to protect worldwide enterprise customers and empower customers to protect themselves via constantly improving Microsoft products.


We are looking to fill multiple roles across levels.


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This role is part of a collaborative team, assisting our customers with:

  • Performing analysis of attacker activity in on-premises and cloud environments
  • Identifying potential threats, allowing for proactive defence before an actual incident
  • Notifying customers regarding imminent attacker activity
  • Providing recommendations to improve customers’ cybersecurity posture going forward and performing threat intelligence knowledge transfer to prepare customers to defend against today’s threat landscape
  • Building proof-of-concept and prototype threat hunting tools, automations, and new capabilities
  • Driving product and tooling improvements by conveying learnings from threat hunting and incident response at scale to engineering partner teams
  • Identifies, prioritizes, and targets complex security issues that cause negative impact to customers. Creates and drives adoption of relevant mitigations and provide proactive guidance
  • Works with others to synthesize research findings into recommendations for mitigation of security issues. Shares across teams. Drives change within team based on research findings.


If you are looking for a role that will allow you to use your knowledge and experience to strengthen the security posture of customers, you will have a bright future within our Microsoft’s Global Hunting Oversight and Strategic Triage team.


Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years experience in software development lifecycle, large-scale computing, modeling, cybersecurity, and/or anomaly detection
    • OR Experience with threat hunting/ digital forensics/reverse engineering/incident response etc.
    • OR Master's Degree in Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related field


Other Requirements:

  • Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Investigation/Cybersecurity/Digital Forensics/DFIR (Digital Forensic Incident Response) certifications (e.g. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), SysAdmin, Audit, Network and Security (SANS), Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC) etc.) 
  • Technical certifications based on domain (e.g., Azure, SharePoint)
  • Experience with Active Directory and/or cloud identity.
  • Experience with sophisticated threat actor evidence including familiarity with typical Indicators of Compromise (IOCs), Indicators of Activity (IOAs) and Tools, Techniques and Procedures (TTPs)
  • Use of forensic analysis tools such as X-Ways Forensics®, WinHex®, Encase®, FTK®, etc. Microsoft Azure and/or Office365 platform knowledge and experience
  • Experience with various forensic log artifacts found in Security Informationa and Event Management (SIEM) logs, web server logs, Antivirus (AV) logs, protection logs such as Host-based Intrusion Detection Systerm (HIDS) and Network Intrusion Detection System (NIDS) logs
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Defender 365 security stack (for Endpoints, Identity, Cloud, etc), especially with Advanced Hunting query writing
  • Understanding of Windows and Azure internals and where trace evidence can be found
  • Knowledge of third-party cybersecurity solutions, especially Extended Detection and Response (EDR) and Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solutions
  • Experience working with consulting companies is a plus.
  • Linux and/or macOS forensic analysis and threat hunting skills


Security Research IC4 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $112,000 - $218,400 per year.

There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $145,800 - $238,600 per year.


Security Research IC5 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $133,600 - $256,800 per year.

There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $173,200 - $282,200 per year.


Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:


  • Microsoft will accept applications and processes offers for these roles on an ongoing basis.


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.


Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.



Tags: Active Directory Antivirus Azure CISSP Cloud Compliance Computer Science DFIR EDR EnCase Forensics GIAC Governance Incident response Intrusion detection Linux MacOS Mathematics Reverse engineering SANS SDLC SharePoint SIEM Threat intelligence TTPs Windows XDR

Perks/benefits: Career development Medical leave

Region: North America
Country: United States
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