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Staff Research Engineer



Columbia, MD, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Who is Tenable?

Tenable® is the Exposure Management company. 44,000 organizations around the globe rely on Tenable to understand and reduce cyber risk. Our global employees support 65 percent of the Fortune 500, 45 percent of the Global 2000, and large government agencies. Come be part of our journey!

What makes Tenable such a great place to work?

Ask a member of our team and they’ll answer, “Our people!” We work together to build and innovate best-in-class cybersecurity solutions for our customers; all while creating a culture of belonging, respect, and excellence where we can be our best selves. When you’re part of our #OneTenable team, you can expect to partner with some of the most talented and passionate people in the industry, and have the support and resources you need to do work that truly matters. We deliver results that exceed expectations and we win together!

Your Role:

The Tenable Platform Research group is seeking a Staff Research engineer to join our diverse team of cybersecurity experts. The Platform Research group is applying new methods and technologies to produce industry-best prioritization guidance in the exposure management market. In this role, you will monitor the security landscape for significant trends in threats and vulnerabilities, and leverage operational workflows that prioritize research focus on the threats and trends most likely to impact Tenable customers.
This role combines innovative approaches to analysis and action to steer interdisciplinary initiatives focused on enhancing our contextual intelligence and overall exposure management support for research teams and the Tenable platform. The Staff Research Engineer will provide strategic guidance to improve data-driven operational capabilities. We seek a proactive and collaborative individual who is passionate and curious about utilizing data to propel platform and brand value throughout the Research organization and across the Tenable platform. You will specifically focus on identifying indicators within a diverse collection of datasets, and advancing data-driven processes across the Tenable Research organization.
Your Opportunity:
  • Monitoring the threat landscape, analyze the impact potential of events in the exposure management landscape , and tracking high profile events in real-time.
  • Coordinate with team and function leads across the business, and champion Platform Research processes end-to-end
  • Responsible for driving completion of workflow process activities, including, but not limited to: notifying PR, ensuring the right teams have coverage, ensuring the marketing, communication, and business leadership teams are armed with timely and accurate information
  • Create and refine business and technical content for identified events (blogs, whitepapers, conference presentations, webinars, etc.)
  • Automates discovery of high profile events from various channels
  • Mentors team members and helps other researchers when needed
  • Responds to media and customer-driven events as they occur
  • Interfaces with stakeholders on externalizing the outcomes of the research and responses
What You'll Need:
  • Ability to work independently as a researcher as well as part of a team, leading the effort on some projects and being an active member of the team on other initiatives
  • Research newly published vulnerabilities and security advisories in order to help guide the team in responding to the latest threats & vulnerabilities
  • Expert level understanding of common security vulnerabilities, CVSS scoring, vulnerability detection, exploitation and classification techniques.
  • Ability to manage the progress of security incidents through the Security Response process and coordinate & track the activities of the various functions simultaneously within Tenable Research to ensure that all deliverables are completed in a timely manner.
  • Ability to make quick decisions, sometimes based on minimal information, and be able to communicate those decisions in a clear and concise manner to other members of the worldwide Tenable Research team and to upper management when required
  • Ability to influence others, even though they are not in the same line of reporting
  • Ability and experience in showcasing original research externally – via blogs, whitepapers, conference presentations, PR interviews, webinars, podcasts, etc.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and able to shift priorities as needed
  • Willingness to explore and learn
  • B.S. degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • At least 8 years of R&D experience
  • 4+ years Programming/Scripting experience (Python, Ruby, BASH, NASL, comparable)
  • In order to respond quickly to security incidents the position sometimes requires the candidate to be available at short notice
And Ideally:
  • In depth understanding of infrastructure including networking services, common protocols, services, technology landscape, etc.
  • Experience with search engines such as Shodan and Censys.
  • Demonstrable experience writing blogs, technical papers as well as presenting to various types of audience
  • 2+ years of Experience working with PR and reporters and speaking with the media
  • In depth experience performing open-ended research when given high-level requirements and details of the desired output.
  • Experience scripting with RESTful APIs

This is the base pay range for this position. Compensation for the role will depend on a number of factors, including the candidate's qualifications, skills, competencies, location and experience, and may fall outside of the range shown. Employees are also eligible for variable compensation in addition to base pay (commission for sales roles, bonus for non-sales roles), depending on company and individual performance. Tenable also offers a variety of comprehensive and competitive benefits which include: medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance; 401(k) retirement savings with company match; an employee stock purchase plan; an employee referral program; flexible spending accounts; an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); education assistance; parental leave; paid time off (PTO); company-paid holidays; health and wellness events; and community programs.

US Pay Ranges
$128,000$170,000 USD

If you’ve reached this point, and you’re still not sure if you should apply…..Just do it! We’re human and we don’t fit a perfect mold. Having diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, that’s a good thing! If you’re coming from outside of the cyber industry - great! If you’re looking to try something new - awesome! All we ask is you bring passion to all that you do, crave creativity and innovation, and embrace the hard work of gaining new skills and accepting big challenges.

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