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Oracle Principal Security Researcher - #SWA in Helena, Montana

Job Description

Responsible for the planning, design and build of security architectures; oversees the implementation of network and computer security and ensures compliance with corporate security policies and procedures.

Responsible for advanced planning, design and build of security systems, applications, environments and architectures; oversees the implementation of security systems, applications, environments and architectures and ensures compliance with information security standards and corporate security policies and procedures.

Provides technical advice and direction to support the design and development of secure architectures.

May participate in an incident management team, bringing advanced-level skills to respond to security events in line with Oracle incident response playbooks. Investigates purported intrusions and breaches, and oversees root cause analysis. Coordinates incidents with other business units and may act as Incident Commander of serious incidents. Develops new methods, and playbooks, as well as sophisticated scripts, applications, and tools, and trains others in their use.

May participate in an incident management team, responding to security events in line with Oracle incident response playbooks. Investigates purported intrusions and breaches, and oversees root cause analysis. Coordinates incidents with other business units and may act as incident commander of serious incidents. Participates in developing new methods, playbooks throughout Oracle.

Evaluates existing and proposed technical architectures for security risk, provides technical advice to support the design and development of secure architectures and recommends security controls to mitigate those risks. Evaluations of internal security architecture may include design assessment, risk assessment, and threat modeling.

Brings advanced-level skills to research, evaluate, track, and manage information security threats and vulnerabilities in situations where in-depth analysis of ambiguous information is required, and where computer programming/scripting knowledge is required.

Work with Senior management to develop and implement a multi-year security roadmap

Focus on operational and strategic level tasks, and provide counsel and guidance to the junior level security operations engineers in the department.

Minimum of 8 years related experience in an information security role supporting security programs and security engineering/architecture in complex enterprise environments. Hands on experience with enterprise security architecture, engineering and implementation required.

Knowledge of compliance program security controls, like ISO 27001, SOC 2, HITRUST, and FedRAMP, as applied to cloud SaaS, PaaS and IaaS operations.

Familiarity with SDLC principles and scripting & programming languages (such as Terraform, Python, and Ruby).

Strong knowledge of: Cloud architecture and security principles. Risk Management Frameworks. *nix and Windows system administration.

Experience with: Logging and log analysis. Identity management principles and technology.

Preferred but not required qualifications include:

Bachelor-level university degree in a relevant field from an accredited university, or equivalent.

Strong knowledge of web technologies, middleware, database, OS, firewalls, network communication protocols and methods.

Knowledge of database security principles.

Knowledge of encryption technologies and architectures.

Expert level experience in evaluating and assessing security threats across a variety of environments and industries.

Expert level understanding of secure networking principles, routers, switches and load balancers.

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Do you have a passion for high scale services and working with some of Oracle's most critical customers? We are seeking experienced, passionate, and talented security researchers who have genuine excitement for and interest in security. You must relish the challenge of assessing large, complex software products. Creativity is highly valued; being able to find novel bugs and stitch them together to create something greater than the sum of their parts is essential in this role.

Who We Are

We are a world-class team of high calibre application security researchers and analysts who thrive on new challenges. We are an inclusive and diverse team with a full spectrum of experience distributed globally. We have the resources of a large enterprise and the energy of a start-up, working on a critical Greenfield software assurance project collaboratively with our cloud and mobile engineering teams. The Software Assurance organization has the mission is to make application security and software assurance, at scale, a reality. We are a dedicated team, leveraging each other’s insights and abilities to produce cutting edge solutions to difficult problems through automation and CI/CD. Join us to grow your career and create the future of software assurance at scale together.

Work You’ll Do

As a member of our team, you will be responsible for planning and delivering in depth security assessments across a variety of products and services. Your next project could be anything from static and dynamic analysis of a multi-node Java infrastructure, to writing a fuzzer for an undocumented network protocol or the grammar of a new programming language, to analysis and reverse engineering of firmware used in the thousands of servers supporting our cloud services. Few other responsibilities includes as below

  • Scope and execute security assessments across a broad range of on premise software, cloud services and infrastructure

  • Perform in-depth security assessments using results from static and dynamic analysis

  • Perform in-depth security assessments leveraging results from other assessments such as static, dynamic, pen testing, red team operations, bug bounty, responsible disclosure and etc.

  • Create testing tools to help engineering teams identify security-related weaknesses

  • Collaborate with engineering teams to help them triage and fix security issues

  • Keep yourself abreast of new TTPs (Tactics, Techniques & Procedures) of the attackers, mimic them in your security assessments and/or quickly react to new threat scenarios to provide continuous security assurance

  • Mentor junior members of the team in software security as a role model

What You’ll Bring

Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Computer Science or related field (e.g. Electrical Engineering)

  • 10+ years industry experience with 5+ years in IT security in one or more of the following areas: software/product security assessments, penetration testing, red teaming, web application assessments

  • Aptitude for self-study, setting and achieving long term goals (for example, learning an unfamiliar programming language)

  • Ability to effectively assess and communicate risks and appropriate levels of urgency to management and engineering staff

  • Excellent organizational, presentation, verbal, and written communication skills

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States without the need for employer sponsorship, now or at any time in the future

  • This role offers domestically located flexibility of workplace, requiring 50% travel to our Columbia, MD office

Nice to Have

  • Experience working in a large cloud or Internet software company

  • Proficiency with one or more programming languages, preferably Go, Java, Python or C/C++ Ability to perform manual source code reviews in one of the aforementioned languages, or assisted review with code analysis tools such as CodeQL

  • Experience navigating and working with extremely large codebases is also highly desirable

  • Experience using common security assessment tools and techniques in one or more the following categories:

  • Proficiency in performing mobile application assessment (iOS / Android)

  • Reverse Engineering (e.g. IDA Pro/Ghidra/Radare2) and debugging codebase with the objective to find security gaps/vulnerabilities

  • Proficiency in Fuzzing (e.g. Jazzer/AFL/Peach) techniques to inject invalid, malformed, or unexpected inputs into a system to reveal software defects and vulnerabilities.

  • Proficiency in advanced Mobile, API, Infrastructure, Web Application penetration testing to find vulnerabilities such as insecure Java/PHP/PHAR deserialization, XXE, HTTP desynchronization, cryptography weaknesses (exploiting ECB Shuffling, CBC Bit Flipping and etc.), Mass assignments, template injections, HTTP/2 and HTTP/3 protocol issues and etc.

  • Knowledge of common vulnerabilities in different types of software and programming languages, including:

  • How to test for/exploit them

  • Real world mitigations that can be applied

  • Familiarity with vulnerability classification frameworks (e.g. OWASP Top 10)

  • Ability to threat model systems/applications/platforms to assess design and find flaws that can be exploited

What We’ll Give You

  • A team of very skilled and diverse personnel across the globe

  • Ability to work in a flexible work from home arrangement

  • Exposure to mind blowing large-scale cutting-edge systems

  • The resources of a large, global operation while still having the small, start-up feel of a smaller team day to day

  • Develop new skills and competencies working with our vast cloud product offerings

  • Ongoing extensive training and skills development to further your career aspirations

  • Incredible benefits and company perks

  • An organization filled with smart, enthusiastic, and motivated colleagues

  • The opportunity to impact and improve our systems and delight our customers

About Us

Diversity and Inclusion:

An Oracle career can span industries, roles, Countries and cultures, giving you the opportunity to flourish in new roles and innovate, while blending work life in. Oracle has thrived through 40+ years of change by innovating and operating with integrity while delivering for the top companies in almost every industry.

In order to nurture the talent that makes this happen, we are committed to an inclusive culture that celebrates and values diverse insights and perspectives, a workforce that inspires thought leadership and innovation.

Oracle offers a highly competitive suite of Employee Benefits designed on the principles of parity, consistency, and affordability. The overall package includes certain core elements such as Medical, Life Insurance, access to Retirement Planning, and much more. We also encourage our employees to engage in the culture of giving back to the communities where we live and do business.

At Oracle, we believe that innovation starts with diversity and inclusion and to create the future we need talent from various backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to successfully participate in the job application, interview process, and in potential roles. to perform crucial job functions.

That’s why we’re committed to creating a workforce where all individuals can do their best work. It’s when everyone’s voice is heard and valued that we’re inspired to go beyond what’s been done before.


Oracle is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer * . All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability and protected veterans’ status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Oracle will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records pursuant to applicable law.

* Which includes being a United States Affirmative Action Employer