Security Engineer Investigator, Account Threats at Meta

Posted in Other 11 days ago.

Location: Washington, Washington DC

Job Description:

The Account Threats team is dedicated to protecting the users of Meta's family of applications (e.g. Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus) from the worst kinds of account security issues we experience. You will have the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging, complicated, and high-visibility security risks the company is facing through an account security lens. The impact of your work will be substantial, as outcomes could affect the billions of people who use our products.We are seeking an experienced security engineer to proactively detect and analyze root causes of account security abuses, investigate complex threats to our business and users, advance investigative methods, conduct data-driven decision making, and use innovative approaches to protect people from harm. The candidate must have a strong cybersecurity or cyber threat intelligence background and know how to apply it to proactively hunt for threats, be able to use code to automate investigative actions, and be proficient in scripting languages, such as PHP or Python.The ideal candidate will be an innovative self-starter, who is motivated by our mission, is results-driven, a strategic thinker, and will be able to extract, assimilate, and correlate a wide variety of data in order to surface and disrupt account security abuses.

Security Engineer Investigator, Account Threats Responsibilities:

  • Proactively hunt for threats and undetected abuse by leveraging internal data, open source intelligence, and third-party private intelligence.

  • Investigate complex account security abuses to understand in granular detail how abuse is occurring. Identify and implement appropriate detection or prevention strategies to mitigate harm both in the current case and from similar forward-looking abuse.

  • Understand the application of tactics, techniques, and procedures, as well as tooling, that actors use across various attack surfaces.

  • Lead technical investigations from start-to-finish, to include effectively communicating actionable results, analytic judgments, and mitigations to different audience types across cross-functional settings.

  • Self-directed identification of trends in adversary behavior, and proactive surfacing of risks that may represent previously unidentified or novel vectors for harm. Deeply understand how abuse manifests and clearly explain emerging threats and trends, with an emphasis on security understanding.

  • Analyze and interpret complex, high volume, and high dimensionality data from varying sources to advance investigations, quantify trends, or support findings.

  • Take a leadership role in suggesting, prototyping, and teaching novel investigative techniques.

  • Partner with other cross-functional teams to identify, influence, and implement holistic solutions to surfacing and responding to emerging threats.

  • Manage multiple projects at once while effectively prioritizing time, based on team priorities.

  • Automate the everyday tasks and actions conducted during investigations and team processes.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • 5+ years work experience in a cyber security, security investigations, or cyber threat intelligence investigations role.

  • Adept at formulating queries to analyze and interpret large datasets to advance investigations, quantify trends, or support findings.

  • Experience investigating and acting on high-impact threats such as account compromise, account creation abuse, business compromise, or malware analysis.

  • Proficiency working with Python, PHP, or similar scripting languages.

  • Demonstrated experience to think critically and effectively articulate well-reasoned assessments within cross-functional settings, while possessing proficient communication skills to influence stakeholders with varying levels of technical expertise across all organizational levels.

  • Experience identifying effective strategies to prevent or disrupt abuse at scale. Consult on the design of countermeasures to affect those strategies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with a team spanning multiple locations/time zones.

  • Proficiency in detecting, mitigating, and sizing account abuse for a Web-based service, to include experience with authentication attacks, account generation abuse, bot detection, evasion detection, and/or browser fingerprint analysis.

  • 3+ years of red or purple teaming exposure.

  • Proficiency in static and dynamic analysis of malicious software to understand behaviors and intent of the malicious software. Experience should include leveraging results to derive digital fingerprints, create detection signatures (e.g. file, network), and/or hunt for malware.

  • ​​Deep technical and data analysis experience to analyze custom protocols to understand and expose adversarial behaviors.

  • Experience understanding tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) and actor intent, including extracting this from malware.

  • Experience in scoping, communicating, and leveraging cyber threat intelligence to proactively detect, measure, or prevent abuse.

  • Experiencing tracking highest priority malware campaigns.

  • Experience using SQL for data analytics and processing large data sets.

  • Demonstrated interest in understanding the intersection of global security risks, and how they apply to social media.

  • Experience with open source investigation techniques and familiarity with a variety of internet research tools.

  • BS/MS or equivalent experience in Computer Science, Information Systems, Intelligence Studies, Cybersecurity or related field.

  • Experience working across or contributing to the broader security community (public research, blogging, presentations, open source contributions, etc.)

About Meta:

Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology. People who choose to build their careers by building with us at Meta help shape a future that will take us beyond what digital connection makes possible today-beyond the constraints of screens, the limits of distance, and even the rules of physics.

Meta is proud to be an Equal Employment 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. Meta participates in the E-Verify program in certain locations, as required by law. Please note that Meta may leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies in connection with applications for employment.

Meta 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
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