Security Research Engineering Technical Leader
Posted on: November 15, 2023
The successful applicant will be performing work in FedRAMP High
or IL-5 environments, and therefore, must be a U.S. Person (i.e.
U.S. citizen, U.S. national, lawful permanent resident, asylee, or
refugee). This position may also perform work that the U.S.
government has specified can only be performed by a U.S. citizen on
What You'll Do
As a team member of Cisco's Advanced Security Initiatives Group
(ASIG), you will evaluate our global products and services to
identify security vulnerabilities, weaknesses, and improvements.
You will learn to adopt an attacker mentality using tools,
techniques, and processes that emulate real-world adversaries. You
will work with amazingly creative, innovative, and collaborative
security researchers to develop evolving ethical hacking skills and
networking product knowledge. You will partner with Cisco's
industry-leading engineering teams to assess the latest system and
application architectures, contribute to creative security
solutions, and gain unparalleled access to and experience with the
latest technologies. You will also have opportunities to research
security topics independently or collaboratively to explore and
develop tools and ideas as part of our "Free Friday" innovation and
Who You'll Work With
Our security team is dynamic, hardworking, fun, and high-energy,
but the work is done in a very casual environment that strongly
encourages a work/life balance. Not only will you work alongside a
team of skilled security researchers with a diverse spectrum of
talents and experience levels, but you will also be interacting
with a variety of engineering teams across Cisco. Cisco ASIG
cultivates an environment where every individual's input and
experience is valued. We prioritize training sessions and a mentor
program surrounding you with the resources you will need to
Who You Are
Would you enjoy finding security flaws in critical systems,
modeling prototype attacks that malicious actors might take
advantage of, and crafting mitigations to thwart motivated and
inventive adversaries? If you have a passion for computer security,
enjoy solving exciting problems, and relish working with emerging
technologies, Cisco wants you! Global ISPs, Fortune 500 companies,
and world governments all depend on Cisco for critical
infrastructure, and we want to guarantee that we keep delivering
highly secured solutions to meet their needs.
- 8+ years of security penetration testing experience, including
areas like web applications, APIs, user interfaces, hardware, and
- 8+ years of software/hardware engineering or reverse
engineering experience with C, C++, or Python/Ruby, or a commonly
used programming language, with experience in secure
coding/development and code analysis for vulnerabilities
- 6+ years of technical leadership experience in security
assessments and forensics analysis
Skilled in two or more of following areas:
- Strong understanding of operating system concepts in the areas
of memory management, computer architecture, or binary
- 8+ years of hands on Unix experience with a solid understanding
of security hardening configurations and capabilities
- 8+years of experience with applied crypto, through
implementation or analysis of crypto algorithms
- 8+years of experience with network protocols, through
implementation or analysis
- 8+years of experience as a DevOps engineer, with a focus on
- 8+years of experience with hardware and secure boot
- OSCP or related industry certifications are a plus.
- Applied architectural security
- Cryptographic algorithm design and review
- Operating system fundamentals and secure configuration
- Security of virtualization platforms and techniques
- Network protocol analysis and debugging
- Web protocols and API security
- Secure development practices
- Software vulnerability assessment, fuzzing, and code
- Exploit development
#WeAreCisco. We are all unique, but collectively we bring our
talents to work as a team, to develop innovative technology and
power a more inclusive, digital future for everyone. How do we do
it? Well, for starters - with people like you!
Nearly every internet connection around the world touches Cisco.
We're the Internet's optimists. Our technology makes sure the data
traveling at light speed across connections does so securely, yet
it's not what we make but what we make happen which marks us out.
We're helping those who work in the health service to connect with
patients and each other; schools, colleges, and universities to
teach in even the most challenging of times. We're helping
businesses of all shapes and sizes to connect with their employees
and customers in new ways, providing people with access to the
digital skills they need and connecting the most remote parts of
the world - whether through 5G, or otherwise.
We tackle whatever challenges come our way. We have each other's
backs, we recognize our accomplishments, and we grow together. We
celebrate and support one another - from big and small things in
life to big career moments. And giving back is in our DNA (we get
10 days off each year to do just that).
We know that powering an inclusive future starts with us. Because
without diversity and a dedication to equality, there is no moving
forward. Our 30 Inclusive Communities, that bring people together
around commonalities or passions, are leading the way. Together
we're committed to learning, listening, caring for our communities,
whilst supporting the most vulnerable with a collective effort to
make this world a better place either with technology, or through
So, you have colorful hair? Don't care. Tattoos? Show off your ink.
Like polka dots? That's cool. Pop culture geek? Many of us are.
Passion for technology and world changing? Be you, with us!
Message to applicants applying to work in the U.S. and/or
When available, the salary range posted for this position reflects
the projected hiring range for new hire, full-time salaries in U.S.
and/or Canada locations, not including equity or benefits. For
non-sales roles the hiring ranges reflect base salary only;
employees are also eligible to receive annual bonuses. Hiring
ranges for sales positions include base and incentive compensation
target. Individual pay is determined by the candidate's hiring
location and additional factors, including but not limited to
skillset, experience, and relevant education, certifications, or
training. Applicants may not be eligible for the full salary range
based on their U.S. or Canada hiring location. The recruiter can
share more details about compensation for the role in your location
during the hiring process.
U.S. employees have access to quality medical, dental and vision
insurance, a 401(k) plan with a Cisco matching contribution, short
and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance and
numerous wellbeing offerings. Employees receive up to twelve paid
holidays per calendar year, which includes one floating holiday,
plus a day off for their birthday. Employees accrue up to 20 days
of Paid Time Off (PTO) each year and have access to paid time away
to deal with critical or emergency issues without tapping into
their PTO. We offer additional paid time to volunteer and give back
to the community. Employees are also able to purchase company stock
through our Employee Stock Purchase Program.
Employees on sales plans earn performance-based incentive pay on
top of their base salary, which is split between quota and
non-quota components. For quota-based incentive pay, Cisco pays at
the standard rate of 1% of incentive target for each 1% revenue
attainment against the quota up to 100%. Once performance exceeds
100% quota attainment, incentive rates may increase up to five
times the standard rate with no cap on incentive compensation. For
non-quota-based sales performance elements such as strategic sales
objectives, Cisco may pay up to 125% of target. Cisco sales plans
do not have a minimum threshold of performance for sales incentive
compensation to be paid.
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