Cyber Security Research Analyst, Writer - 1385939

November 30, 2022 - Remote

Are you a strong analytical writer who is informed and passionate about the cyber threat landscape? Are you interested in high-level analysis of emerging trends as well as detailed investigations of individual security incidents? Do you excel in cross-team collaboration and joint research? Are you constantly looking for better ways to track and share intelligence findings? Do you have the ability to contextualize complex topics for a variety of different audiences?

Then join Talos’ Strategic Analysis team and help with our mission of providing essential context on the threat landscape to Cisco customers and the security community at large. Cisco Talos is one of the largest commercial threat intelligence teams in the world, comprised of world-class researchers, analysts, and engineers. With our industry-leading visibility, actionable intelligence, and vulnerability research, we drive rapid detection and protection for Cisco customers against known and emerging threats and stop threats in the wild to protect the internet at large.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Write short-form analytical reports and blogs on diverse topics for a variety of different audiences.
  • Provide analytical editing for Talos intelligence products.
  • Author long-form research papers on various threat actors/tools/malware.
  • Source and analyze data from available product sources across Cisco as well as externally from partners or other qualified third-parties.
  • Manage dissemination of security intelligence and research efforts across the organization.
  • Act as principal investigator for internal and external research projects.
  • Hunt malware, tools, and threat actors across various data sets.
  • Track and document threat actor tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) based on open-source research, * Talos findings, and incident response engagements.
  • Monitor strategic trends in the cyber threat landscape, including threat actor behavior and the emergence of new adversaries and threats.
  • Query, enrich, and analyze data from Cisco telemetry and open-source repositories to identify anomalous or potentially malicious activity
  • Provide quick turnaround analysis for internal business intelligence and external communications with customers/stakeholders.
  • Establish cross-departmental channels to facilitate collaborative research and analysis.


  • Bachelors and 7 years of related experience or Masters and 4 years or related experience, or equivalent experience.
  • Must be a very strong writer and editor, with a proven track record of authoring different types of analytical products for a variety of different audiences.
  • Quick analytical skills, with the ability to conduct fast-paced research.
  • Experience threat hunting and tracking malware, tools, and threat actors across various data sets.
  • 5+ years of experience in security research, threat analysis, or intelligence analysis.
  • In-depth understanding and knowledge of the security landscape.
  • Strong data analytic skills and familiarity working across several data sets.
  • Ability to solve complex problems independently.
  • Ability to track and manage numerous parallel activities.
  • Ability to work on a remote team.

Bonus skills

  • Experience analyzing malicious infrastructure and malware.
  • Experience building tools to automate research.
  • Possession of a postgraduate degree.
  • Background in geopolitics.
  • Fluency in a language other than English.

Why Cisco

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Benefits and Perks

We strive to keep our teams happy and healthy. Many roles have the option to be Remote or Hybrid. Cisco provides competitive pay, excellent medical, dental and vision coverage, 401(k) match, 20 days of paid time off plus holidays, support for parents and paid time to volunteer. View the benefits overview. Benefits and Perks - Cisco.

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Cisco Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements

The health and safety of Cisco’s employees, customers, and partners is a top priority. Our goal is to protect and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection for strong business resiliency during the pandemic. Therefore, Cisco may require new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 if the role requires business-related travel, meeting with customers/partners (including visiting third-party sites on behalf of Cisco), attending trade events, and Cisco office entry, unless otherwise prohibited by applicable law, and in countries where COVID-19 vaccination is legally required. The company will consider legally required accommodations/exceptions for medical, religious, and other reasons as per the requirements of the role and in accordance with applicable law. Additional information will be provided to candidates about the requirements and accommodation process at the offer time based on region.

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