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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.

Sr. Research Engineer, Vulnerability Detection

Columbia Gateway Drive | Columbia | Maryland | United States | 21046

Your Role:

Tenable is looking for a Senior Research Engineer to join our vulnerability detection team. This position will involve researching existing vulnerabilities, looking for new vulnerabilities, and developing checks/plugins to detect these vulnerabilities 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 detection logic while minimizing false positives & false negatives.
  • Participates in detection logic discussions and the research of new methods for detection.
  • Interfaces with stakeholders on externalizing the outcomes of some of the research.
  • Become a subject matter expert on the PCI DSS and how it relates to our products used in our PCI ASV solution.
  • Helps / trains other researchers, when needed.
What You'll Need:
  • B.S. degree in Computer Science or a related field, or equivalent work experience.
  • At least 5 years of R&D experience.
  • Keep abreast with advancements and developments in the security industry and perform original research to keep our customers secure.
  • Develop detection scripts for Tenable’s sensors (Nessus vulnerability scanner and others) based on the research findings.
  • Research and develop methods of detection 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.
And Ideally:
  • In-depth understanding of common security vulnerabilities, CVSS scoring, vulnerability classification, detection and exploitation techniques.
  • Previous experience or expertise with the PCI DSS.
  • In-depth protocol analysis and interaction. Expert level knowledge of common protocols such as HTTP, DNS, SSH, SMB, etc. and fuzzing
  • Some prior experience performing open-ended research when given high-level requirements and details of the desired output.
  • Experience with pen-testing, researching, discovering, or publishing vulnerabilities
  • Reverse engineering experience including basic binary analysis, packet capture analysis, and firmware analysis (using binwalk). Prior experience with debuggers, disassemblers or decompilers (e.g. IDA Pro, Immunity Debugger, gdb)
  • Experience with C or C++, Assembly (x86/x64 and/or ARM/ARM64) and/or scripting languages
  • One or more security-related certifications (e.g. OSCP, OSCE)
  • Experience with systems administration and be comfortable working at the command line
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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