Principal Network Security Researcher

Santa Clara, CA, United States

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Palo Alto Networks

Palo Alto Networks enables your team to prevent successful cyberattacks with an automated approach that delivers consistent security across cloud, network and mobile.

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Company Description

Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

We’re changing the nature of work. Palo Alto Networks is evolving to meet the needs of our employees now and in the future through FLEXWORK, our approach to how we work. From benefits to learning, location to leadership, we’ve rethought and recreated every aspect of the employee experience at Palo Alto Networks.  And because it FLEXes around each individual employee based on their individual choices, employees are empowered to push boundaries and help us all evolve, together. 

Job Description

Your Career

The Network Security Research team is responsible for researching, prototyping, and delivering high-quality solutions to prevent successful cyberattacks. We’ve designed various detection systems and data infrastructures to protect customers against constantly evolving threats and attacks. In addition, we are active network security researchers credited with hundreds of CVEs and speakers at top security conferences.

Your Impact

  • Track and research emerging vulnerabilities and threats and innovate new ways to identify malicious indicators used by malware and attacks
  • Design and build scalable and extensible prevention/detection systems;
  • Research on and respond to critical vulnerabilities and provide agile detection/mitigation;
  • Convert research results and discoveries into products, research papers, etc.


Your Experience

  • Creative thinker and team player, passionate and highly self-motivated in security research;
  • Excellent programming skills in Python, Shell script, Go, C/C++ or Java;
  • Knowledge and experience with malware and vulnerability research
  • Understanding of core Web and network protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP/HTTPS, DNS, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience with modern databases and big data tools, such as MySQL, MongoDB, Hadoop, Spark, Elasticsearch, Kafka is a plus;
  • Knowledge and experience in machine learning techniques and algorithms, such as k-NN, Naive Bayes, SVM, Decision Trees, Logistic Regression, Deep Learning, and Boosting is a plus
  • BS/MS in Computer Science or related fields with security research experience or equivalent military experience required

Additional Information

The Team
We’re not your ordinary Information Security team. We’re a diverse group of security professionals that accepts challenging the status quo in order to protect Palo Alto Networks and our customers.
Driving innovation on the Information Security team of the fastest-growing high-tech cybersecurity company is a once in a lifetime opportunity. You’ll be joined by the brightest minds in technology, and our global teams are on the front line of defense against cyberattacks.

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.
We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and 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 other legally protected characteristics.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Covid-19 Vaccination Information for Palo Alto Networks Jobs

  • Vaccine requirements and disclosure obligations vary by country.
  • Unless applicable law requires otherwise, you must be vaccinated for COVID or qualify for a reasonable accommodation if:
    • The job requires accessing a company worksite
    • The job requires in-person customer contact and the customer has implemented such requirements
    • You choose to access a Palo Alto Networks worksite
  • If you have questions about the vaccine requirements of this particular position based on your location or job requirements, please inquire with the recruiter.

Tags: Agile Big Data C C++ Computer Science DNS Elasticsearch Java Machine Learning Malware MongoDB MySQL Network security Prototyping Python TCP/IP Vulnerabilities

Perks/benefits: Career development Conferences Medical leave

Region: North America
Country: United States
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