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We have big plans for continued global growth, and we’re looking for people who are creative, flexible and dedicated to helping us build something great – something that matters.

Tenable is more than ‘just’ the creator of Nessus. Our security solutions - including our first cyber exposure platform for modern assets, Tenable.io - are transforming global vulnerability management. We’re a global team, powered by creative thinkers who are wired for action, focused on delivering results and collaborating to enable decisive actions to protect what matters most. We’re in this together - colleagues, customers and partner communities working as One Tenable.

Can you join Team Tenable? Yes you can - if you’re excited by the thought of working with over 1200 colleagues, 27,000 customers and a range of revolutionary products that are shaping cybersecurity in 150 countries. Being valued for who you are as well as what you do, you can embrace the pace (we’re recognized as one of the fastest growing security product companies by SC Magazine, Red Herring, Info Securities, Deloitte and E&Y) as well as enjoy a superb rewards package (we’re seen as a Best Places to Work by Glassdoor, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Baltimore Business Journal and Expert Marketplace). The key question is: Is This You?

We have big plans for continued global growth, and we’re looking for people who are creative, flexible and dedicated to helping us build something great – something that matters.

Senior Research Engineer

Tysons Blvd | Tysons Corner | Tysons | Virginia | United States | 22102

Your Role:

Tenable is looking for a Senior Research Engineer to join our security research team. This position will involve researching methods for testing configurations and adherence to security baselines and industry best practices and developing checks/plugins to evaluate customer environments via our products. This role will involve some interfacing with stakeholders outside the Research team.

Your Opportunity:

  • Works on complex research and development initiatives
  • Implements advanced evaluation logic while minimizing false positives & false negatives
  • Participates in discussions and the research of new methods for testing and validating target systems configurations
  • Interfaces with stakeholders on externalizing the outcomes of some of the research
  • Helps / trains other researchers, when needed
What you'll need:
  • Keep abreast with advancements and developments in the security industry and perform original research to keep our customers secure
  • Develop compliance plugins for Tenable’s sensors (Nessus vulnerability scanner and others) based on the research findings
  • Research and develop methods of testing compliance for additional services and products from different vendors
  • Demonstrably strong programming skills in one or more languages
  • Ability and experience in showcasing original research externally – via blogs, white-papers, etc.
  • Ability to work independently as a researcher as well as part of a larger team.
  • Experience working with multiple operating systems (proficiency with Linux a must)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Adaptable and able to shift priorities as needed
  • Meticulous in terms of quality & accuracy of work
  • Willingness to explore and learn
  • S. degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • At least 5 years of R&D experience
And ideally:
  • One or more security-related certifications or interest in obtaining one (e.g. CISSP, CISA, CISM)
  • Experience with developing text parsers
  • Experience with transforming data using technologies like XSLT, JQ, and text processing
  • Experience with retrieving data from systems using technologies like REST API or text consoles
  • Experience with regular expressions
  • Experience with Automation and CI Systems (Jenkins/Bamboo)
  • Experience with systems administration and be comfortable working at the command line
  • Ability to implement requirements and scope levels of effort accurately
  • Participated in an auditing initiative (PCI, SOX, etc.) (Desired)
  • Ability to use general best practice concept to create configuration standards for a platform or application

If you’ve reached this point in the job description and feel you’re still not sure if you should apply…Just do it! We know there are no perfect applicants. You may not have 100% of all those bullets listed above - and that’s okay. If you’re feeling like you’re not going to fit in with our teams - that’s not ok. We're One Tenable which means however you identify and whatever background you bring with you, we encourage you to submit an application if it’s a role you can be passionate about doing every day.

We’re committed to promoting Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) at Tenable - through all equal employment opportunity laws and regulations at the international, federal, state and local levels.

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