Proofpoint Threat Research Engineer in Sunnyvale, California

Threat Research Engineer

Location:Sunnyvale, CA


Company Overview

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

The Role

As a Proofpoint Threat Researcher, you will perform malware analysis, campaign analysis, and threat hunting through Proofpoint data to make that information meaningful for customers and available through products and intelligence reports. You’ll be a part of a global team of dynamic and creative threat researchers focused on finding malware, understanding how it works and using that knowledge to improve our products. This role is primarily responsible for creating customer-facing and internal deliverables as part of Proofpoint’s Premium Threat Intelligence Services offering

Your day-to-day

  • Analyze malware and threat data from internal and external sources in a proactive self-directed fashion as well as in response to customer inquiries.

  • Analyze threat campaigns, author customer-specific threat reports, and publish research results around specific verticals or geographies.

  • Maintain a list of current events, threats, and other information that customers should be aware of.

  • Report and disseminate information to our most important customers on threats that may affect them, such as emerging malware, security developments and insightful summaries of current events.

  • Collaborate on research projects with the broader threat research team.

  • Leverage Proofpoint’s massive amount of threat data to produce information and reports that protect customers.

  • Work effectively as part of a remote team using chat, video chat and conference calls.

What you bring to the team

  • A well-rounded understanding of the malware and information security threat landscape. You should love this field and have a passion for learning.

  • The ability to develop analytical hypotheses based on your background; prove (or disprove) those hypotheses through your research; communicate that information to customers both verbally and in writing.

  • Present complex technical topics to senior managers, our customers and internally.

  • Creative ideas for threat research and the ability to manifest them using big data techniques.

  • Ability to comfortably communicate directly with customers and the security community.

  • Experience with Python or other scripting languages.

  • Demonstrable understanding of the internet threat landscape.

  • At least 3 years of malware analysis experience.

  • Motivation to dig through internal and open source data to find threat information and use it to provide value to customers.

  • Deep curiosity and a drive to understand malware and how it works.

  • Self-directed and accountable.

Nice to have

  • Threat-hunting and/or incident response experience.

  • Information security community experience; a blog, website, published papers, conference presentations, or other experience on the public side of the security field.

  • Experience with Suricata or Snort.

  • Experience with Cuckoo Sandbox.

  • Experience with MongoDB.

  • Experience with Kibana/Elastic Search.

  • Experience with link analysis and graphing/visualization tools.

  • Data analysis using Pandas or R.

  • Amazing presentation skills.

  • Experience working remotely for a large information security vendor.

  • Located in a US timezone, available during US business hours.

Additional Information

  • Travel: 10%

  • Location: Anywhere in USA, work from home/remote acceptable

Why Proofpoint

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!


Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Proofpoint does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, Proofpoint will not consider or agree to payment of any recruiter or agency fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Proofpoint explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.