Principal Data Engineer, Cyber Research (Xpanse)

Reston, VA, United States

Palo Alto Networks

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Company Description

To comply with U.S. federal government requirements, U.S. citizenship is required for this position

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.

Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. 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.

Our Approach to Work

We lead with flexibility and choice in all of our people programs. We have disrupted the traditional view that all employees have the same needs and wants. We offer personalization and offer our employees the opportunity to choose what works best for them as often as possible - from your wellbeing support to your growth and development, and beyond!

At Palo Alto Networks, we believe in the power of collaboration and value in-person interactions. This is why our employees generally work from the office three days per week, leaving two days for choice and flexibility to work where you feel most effective. This setup fosters casual conversations, problem-solving, and trusted relationships. While details may evolve, our goal is to create an environment where innovation thrives, with office-based teams coming together three days a week to collaborate and thrive, together!

Job Description

Your Career

We’re looking for a data engineer to join the Cyber Research team at Xpanse, the latest addition to Palo Alto Networks Cortex. 

Your Impact

At Xpanse, you will:

  • Contribute to a new threat intelligence product
  • Design and implement methods to store, query, and analyze datasets ranging in size from gigabytes to petabytes in unconventional ways to produce cybersecurity insights
  • Develop novel techniques and approaches for understanding the Internet and characterizing data for insights relevant to cyber threat intelligence
  • Empower threat intelligence analysts at Palo Alto and its customers to counter bad actors across the internet


Your Experience

  • 6+ years of experience as a professional software engineer or data engineer for a SaaS business
  • Professional experience designing and implementing solutions for large-scale data storage and analysis, using tools such as Google BigQuery, ClickHouse, Google BigTable, Apache HBase, or ElasticSearch
  • Experience developing and maintaining stream-processing pipelines using Apache Beam or Apache Spark
  • Familiarity with ETL management tools, such as Apache Airflow
  • Experience in software development, including some level of proficiency in Python
  • Excited to work closely with analysts to build a toolkit for discovering and tracking APT campaigns across the internet
  • High-level understanding of computer networks, protocols, and how the Internet works

Nice to have

  • Background or interest in threat intelligence and applied security
  • Familiarity with datasets associated with cyber threat hunting
  • Knowledge of Google Cloud Platform services

Additional Information

The Team

Xpanse’s Cyber Research Engineering team is a cross-functional team that uses Xapnse’s unique datasets to deliver cybersecurity insights and help defend Fortune 500 companies and government networks.

Our Cyber Research Engineers work with datasets ranging in size from gigabytes to petabytes in unconventional ways. Our work is varied, exciting, and meaningful. You will rapidly prototype new capabilities to address specific customer needs, you will work to improve our Internet intelligence through new forms of data collection, and you will develop, maintain, and use our tools to perform threat hunting.

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.

The compensation offered for this position will depend on qualifications, experience, and work location. For candidates who receive an offer at the posted level, the starting base salary (for non-sales roles) or base salary + commission target (for sales/commissioned roles) is expected to be between $144,200/yr to $233,200/yr. The offered compensation may also include restricted stock units and a bonus. A description of our employee benefits may be found here


Is role eligible for Immigration Sponsorship?: No. Please note that we will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

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Tags: APT Cloud Elasticsearch GCP HBase Python SaaS Threat intelligence

Perks/benefits: Career development Medical leave Salary bonus Startup environment

Region: North America
Country: United States
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