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Proofpoint Senior Email Fraud Researcher (Fully Remote - Anywhere in the US) in Charlotte, North Carolina

It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

We're committed to bringing passion and customer focus to the business.

As a Proofpoint researcher focused on email fraud threats, you will spend time identifying and classifying fraud attempts perpetrated through email. Leveraging Proofpoint data, information from trust groups, and other sources, you will be responsible for covering the threat landscape with a focus on email fraud to include Business Email Compromise (BEC) and Email Account Compromise (EAC). As an email fraud specialist, you’ll communicate your findings to various groups including customers, internal threat researchers and teams who create detections in our products. You’ll be a part of a team of dynamic and creative threat researchers focused on finding threats, understanding them, and using that knowledge to improve our products and protect our customers. This role is responsible for creating and presenting customer-facing and internal deliverables about their work.

Your day-to-day

  • Gain a more thorough understanding of email fraud techniques, the actors behind them, and their objectives (such as wire transfer fraud, romance scams, gift card scams, real estate funds redirection, etc.)

  • Protect Proofpoint customers from these types of attacks by refining and developing additional detection techniques and patterns.

  • Discover trends, tactics, techniques, infrastructure, and organized crime groups behind these operations.

  • Document and create email fraud campaigns to improve customer visibility, awareness, and education.

  • Produce content for public blog posts and restricted content for Proofpoint customers to help educate cybersecurity teams, leaders, and the general public on these types of attacks.

  • Track actors across multiple Proofpoint data sets to include correlating activity with our CASB product.

  • Collaborate on research projects with the wider threat research team

  • Work effectively as part of a remote team using chat, video chat and conference calls

What you bring to the team

  • A well-rounded understanding of the information security threat landscape. You should love this field and have a passion for learning.

  • Strong knowledge of actor-centric threat intelligence principles

  • Skills to profile and track threat actors that pose a threat to our customers

  • The ability to make a hypothesis based on your threat research, prove it using our data, and communicate that information to our customers or internal stakeholders

  • Present complex technical topics to internal and external parties

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Motivation to dig through internal and open source data to find threat information and use it to provide value to customers

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to use internal tools and resources for threat hunting

  • Experience with various technologies used for hunting in big data sets

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in Cyber Security, incident response, threat intelligence, or related experience

  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience with threat research focused on email fraud (BEC/EAC/etc.)

Nice to have

  • Information security community experience; a blog, website, published papers, conference presentations, or other experience on the public side of the security field

  • Familiarity with Suricata or Snort

  • Familiarity with malware Sandboxing

  • Amazing presentation skills

  • Experience working remotely for a large information security vendor


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

At Proofpoint, we have a passion for protecting people, data, and brands from today’s advanced threats and compliance risks. We hire the best people in the business to:

  • Build and enhance our proven security platform

  • Blend innovation and speed in a constantly evolving cloud architecture

  • Analyze new threats and offer deep insight through data-driven intel

  • Collaborate with customers to help solve their toughest security challenges

We are singularly devoted to helping our customers protect what matters most. That’s why we’re a leader in next-generation cybersecurity—and why more than half of the Fortune 100 trust us as a security partner.

Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer, we hire without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or disability.