Senior Data Scientist (Cortex XDR)

  • Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
  • Full-time
  • Department: Engineering

Company Description

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

Job Description

Your Career

Are you passionate about using cutting edge data science techniques to help protect the world against cyberthreats? Do you live and breathe the cybersecurity world? Do you want to take part in an innovative and disruptive team that will have an impact on the lives of many customers? Join us and you’ll have the opportunity to leverage the wealthiness of Palo Alto Networks data lakes to answer one of the biggest unresolved questions -
how do we ensure that our customers focus and prioritize the most relevant security incidents?

You will bring a strong knowledge of using a variety of data mining and data analysis methods to build and implement features, models, algorithms, and run experiments. Your strong security knowledge will ensure that you are driving decisions based on a real-life security context and deep understanding. You will be part of the design and development of a new groundbreaking ML-based security solution.

Your Impact

  • Be part of a diverse research group that is leading cutting edge technologies to protect our customers

  • Use analytical rigor and statistical methods, programming and data modeling to analyze large amounts of data and use your cyber expertise to focus us in the right direction with the right context

  • Break apart problems scientifically, providing insight into your recommendations and findings to both technical and non-technical partners 

  • Collaborate and lead end-to-end efforts within the team, and with the engineering and product teams

  • Generate and test hypotheses, designing experiments to answer targeted questions of advanced complexity

  • Documents projects including business objectives, data gathering and processes, leading approaches, final algorithm, and detailed set of results and analytical metrics


Your Experience

  • At least 2 years’ experience with network or endpoint security research

  • Advanced degree in Machine Learning, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Statistics, Applied Math, or relevant qualifications that can be suitable for this position

  • Excellent/Deep knowledge of probability, statistical and machine learning models with proven track record in choosing, modifying and applying advanced algorithms to address practical problems

  • Working experience in analytics, data mining, and/or predictive modeling, and data interpretation 

  • Proven experience in running end-to-end research POCs from ideas to customer impact solutions including the design, execution, analysis and conclusions of your research, methodologies and outcomes.

  • Excellent communication skills - ability to present research results in a clear and meaningful manner

  • Confident interacting with business peers to understand and identify use case, with a strong ability to articulate solutions and present them to business partners

  • Proficient hands-on coding skills (e.g. Python)

  • Experience with SQL or related query languages

  • Advantages: 

    • Experience with big data platforms (e.g GCP)

    • Experience with XDR/EDR/NDR products

Additional Information

The Team

Cyber threats are adapting fast in a new XDR reality, changing their shape, volumes and sophistication. Every day, SecOps put more and more time and human-power into handling new cybersecurity challenges. The XCR (XCloud Research) team is exactly here to address these areas. We leverage the Palo Alto Networks rich cloud-power and visibility to build up data-driven technologies which can save invaluable hours in customers’ day to day security challenges.

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at [email protected]

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

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