Senior Research & Efficacy Analyst, AMP

  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Area of Interest
    Engineer - Software
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
  • Job Id

Cisco enjoys a unique position and is leveraging an unprecedented capability to secure the network through intelligence derived from data collected on a global scale. The Cisco Research & Efficacy teams are leading the way in their capacity to invent, prove-out, and enable new technologies in big data analytics and threat intelligence.

Who You’ll Work With
The Research & Efficacy Team is composed of highly skilled individuals who are comfortable working in a fast-paced and technically challenging environment.
The Research and Efficacy Team is tasked with improving the detection and alerting capabilities of the Cisco security product lines. Part of this work includes researching malware, attack surface and exploitation methods in order to add to the detection and prevention capabilities of the respective products.

What You’ll Do

Do you find yourself asking questions about endpoint security and coming up with potential solutions and want to prove them on a large scale? This position allows you the ability to conduct research into the attack landscape of endpoint security and apply your findings to the development of engines which will seek to protect a variety of companies under the protection of Cisco products.

Role & Responsibilities

  • Conduct research into attack surface and threat landscape of enterprise computing.
  • Interface with fellow security researchers across the team sharing knowledge and participating in joint research efforts.
  • Provide guidance and engineering support in the development of security detections and prevention capabilities in line with research.
  • Provide detailed research and direction write-ups to engineering teams in order to implement detection and prevention mechanisms.
  • Create and disseminate research and threat briefings to engineers with varying degrees of security knowledge.
  • Create new and refine existing processes and procedures for research team specific to product coverage.
  • Interface Directly with Tier 3 support team to provide resolution of issues with detections and other support cases.
  • Identify root cause of false-positive detection and false negatives in product and suggest/implement remediation.
  • Break larger objectives into tasks and manage workflow across a small team
  • Suggest product improvements and enhancements through daily activities


Who You Are

  • You have 8 or more years in security research or related roles
  • Have knowledge of operating system internals including Windows, Linux and Mac OS.
  • Prior knowledge or experience with Malware detection or remediation
  • Have the ability to read and comprehend packet captures
  • Ability and prior experiencing in writing and validation of threat signatures (Snort, Yara, Clam, OpenIOC)
  • Have scripting or programming experience
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to articulate technical issues

Preferable Qualifications

  • Incident response experience
  • Network Engineering or Analysis experience.
  • Process development & Documentation experience
  • Reverse Engineering and experience with IDA Pro, WinDbg, OllyDbg
  • Data Mining and interpretation skills

Why Cisco

#WeAreCisco, where each person is unique, but we bring our talents to work as a team and make a difference. Here’s how we do it.

We embrace digital, and help our customers implement change in their digital businesses. Some may think we’re “old” (30 years strong!) and only about hardware, but we’re also a software company. And a security company. A blockchain company. An AI/Machine Learning company. We even invented an intuitive network that adapts, predicts, learns and protects. No other company can do what we do – you can’t put us in a box!

But “Digital Transformation” is an empty buzz phrase without a culture that allows for innovation, creativity, and yes, even failure (if you learn from it.)

Day to day, we focus on the give and take. We give our best, we give our egos a break and we give of ourselves (because giving back is built into our DNA.) We take accountability, we take bold steps, and we take difference to heart. Because without diversity of thought and a commitment to equality for all, there is no moving forward.

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!