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Principal Software Engineer

Req id:  17913

Broomfield, CO, US





Together Carbonite and Webroot form the SMB and Consumer Division of OpenText. The mission of our joint offering is to make cyber resilience simple, reliable and accessible in the connected world. We foster a thriving, dynamic environment rich with inventive minds and entrepreneurial spirit and our employees are empowered and encouraged to build their careers at OpenText.




The Position

The Webroot group at Open Text is seeking a Senior Security Research Engineer to support our Global Engineering, Threat Research, and Data Science teams.

The Advanced Threat Research team is a small multi-purpose group. Team tasking varies between threat actor research, operating system internals research, and efficacy-focused design and development. Projects are proposed, prototyped, and assessed within the team. 


The role necessitates a wealth of reverse engineering and threat research experience. The driven candidate should be deeply familiar with both the Windows API and lower-level operating systems fundamentals.


Specific Objectives and Responsibilities


Your First Six Months:


•    Familiarize with product lines & efficacy capabilities
•    Undertake malware analysis tasks & automate them (e.g. unpackers, configuration parsers, etc.) 
•    Assist the Data Science team with malware reverse engineering & model performance review


Six to Twelve Months and Beyond:


•    Contribute to existing product efficacy (e.g. behavior rules)
•    Propose innovative solutions/heuristics to bolster internal threat intelligence or enhance product efficacy
•    Contribute to the design and development of the aforementioned projects
•    Work with engineering teams across the broader Open Text Webroot & Carbonite organizations to assess security & detection capabilities of the associated products


Key Challenges to Overcome


The team strives to achieve a lightning-fast project turnaround. Projects grow and from ideation to proof-of-concept very quickly, so the candidate should be prepared to work in a brisk-paced research environment. The candidate’s success on the team depends chiefly on their drive to understand, their desire to learn, and their ability to convert theoretical heuristics into practical threat detection technologies.
The candidate’s successes will have a direct impact in keeping businesses & consumers alike safe against breeches & malware.


Success Factors 


What will make you successful:


•    A track record of good judgment and decision-making in positions with significant responsibility 
•    Highly autonomous and able to independently identify high-value projects and drive them completion
•    Demonstrated leadership capability in cross-functional team environments
•    High degree of comfort with complex technical environments
•    Having and being able to articulate/defend an informed opinion on important topics


Skills & Experience:


•    Solid understanding of Reverse Engineering and operating systems
•    Current malware and threat landscape experience and knowledge – malware types, creation, variants, IOCs, attack surfaces, threat actors and groups. 
•    Windows Internals:

  • PE Format
  • Processes/Thread/DLLs
  • Windows Memory Manager
  • Windows Security Model - user/groups, SACL/DACL, Tokens, Desktops, etc
  • Virtualization
  • Hooking/Injection mechanisms
  • Usermode/Kernel mode internal structures (plus how to interpret)

•    C / C++ – 8+ years
•    Malware Analysis – 4+ years
•    Windows API
•    Assembly
•    Static & Dynamic malware analysis
•    Disassembler familiarity (IDA / Ghidra / Radare)
•    Debugging familiarity (Windbg / Ollydbg / debugger of your choice)
•    Development in a team setting (SCM processes)
•    Crypto: Encrypt/Decrypt, Hashing, Digital Signature/Verification
•    Driver development experience is a huge plus
•    Cloud (AWS/GCP) a plus
•    Excellent all-around communications skills required


For Colorado residents, this job is expected to pay in the range of $152,000.00 to $228,000.00 USD in addition to a comprehensive and competitive group benefit and healthcare plan.  Individual compensation will be determined based on skills and experience comparable to the job requirements.



At OpenText we understand and value diversity in our employees and are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Our growing team is mapping the future of Information Management, and we continue to make new discoveries that expand its boundaries. Join us and be part of a winning team, where the opportunities for your career are limitless. 

From its innovative start as a research project by University of Waterloo professors in 1991, OpenText has grown into a global company with offices in more than 35 countries. Our high- performance culture has forged our growth and is an excellent fit for people looking to push themselves to learn and do more.

It’s our time to lead, and as part of our team, it will be your time too. Our continued growth will provide you the opportunity to explore, learn and chart an exciting career path while enjoying a good work-life balance. 

If you thrive in a dynamic work environment, there is always a new horizon to explore. We are proud to offer excellent benefits, challenging work and competitive financial rewards. 

Our employee programs prioritize employees’ well-being and that of their families. We offer a comprehensive benefit plan, education assistance, a wellness/fitness reimbursement and time off to volunteer. 

Social events 
With offices around the world and flexible work arrangements, OpenText strives to make sure all our employees feel connected. Teamwork extends to our social lives too from local social events to company-wide activities, we want our employees to take time to relax and have fun.  

Corporate Citizenship  
Corporate Citizenship is more than a program for us, it is engrained in our purpose, impact, and approach to doing business. Through numerous volunteer initiatives, we support education and innovation for global change.

Join OpenText today.

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