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Meta Espionage Security Engineer Investigator in Helena, Montana


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


Facebook’s Integrity, Investigations, and Intelligence organization (i3) is dedicated to protecting the people who make use of the Facebook family of applications (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus) from the world’s highest severity low prevalence threats (e.g. espionage, human trafficking, terrorism, and other imminent risks). We are a mission-driven organization with a passion for protecting people.This role specializes in understanding how nation-state actors operate on our services; designing technical solutions to detect, mitigate, and prevent their abuse; and driving product and policy decisions that are needed to better protect the vulnerable.We are seeking flexible Security Engineer Investigators (SEI) to join our team. We are looking for candidates with one or more of the following primary skill sets.Applied Intelligence, candidates experienced with scoping and curating intelligence, tasks, and requirements documents as required to inform, influence, and enable decision-making, product and policy change. Technical Problem Solving, experienced with automating processes, creating detection logic, and curating data sets needed to resolve both tactical investigative needs and strategic research questions. Data Analysis, SEIs experienced with asking and answering questions with data.

Required Skills:

  1. The responsibilities for this role are broad and cross-disciplinary, SEIs will report intelligence, code, and answer analytical investigative questions with data with support from their team and partners

  2. Problem Identification - Self-directed identification of trends in adversary behavior and proactive surfacing of risks that may represent previously unidentified or novel vectors for harm

  3. Collaborative Research - Collaboration with partners engaged in tactical investigations to resolve data or engineering oriented challenges or research needs and effectively communicating findings and recommendations

  4. Project Management - Self-driven scoping of research tasking tied to strategic and tactical outcomes

  5. Engineering - enabling investigative and research work through tactical scripting tasks and the development of broader engineering requirements documentation for partner teams as required

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Proficiency with Python and familiarity with SQL, experience passing a scripting interview in Python or PHP

  2. Experience with tracking nation-state adversaries in the security space or demonstrated interest and experience in a related field

  3. Experience thinking critically and qualifying assessments with solid communications skills, proficiency in scoping and executing against data-drive research questions

  4. Proven track record of managing and executing on short-term and long-term engineering, research, or investigative projects

  5. Experience in analytical reports and communicating information in a manner designed for consumption by decision makers

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. As this is a hybrid role, skills and an ideal applicant would have experience in the following domains.

  2. Subject Area Expertise - having extensive knowledge of how nation-state advanced persistent threat actors operate and how the security industry investigates, tracks, and mitigates their behaviors.

  3. Engineering - Experience with software development, creating detection signatures/policies for malicious activity (e.g. YARA), malware analysis, and other technical security pursuits. Specialization in PHP or Haskell.

  4. Data Analysis - Familiarity with the use of data analysis, social network analysis or machine learning ideally in security applications, and including commonly used collections in Python (e.g. Pandas, Networkx, scikit-learn).

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at