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Cyber Security Threat Research Lead

Date Posted: Apr 30, 2021

Location: Cary, NC, US, 27513 Atlanta, GA, US, 30328 Austin, TX, US, 78705 Charlotte, NC, US, 28277 Dallas, TX, US, 75240 Houston, TX, US, 77042 West Des Moines, IA, US, 50266 Tampa, FL, US, 33647 Nashville, TN, US, 37214

Company: MetLife

This role can be done remotely / virtually from anywhere in the US - work from home


Role Value Proposition: 

This role will serve as the lead for MetLife’s Cyber Threat Research Team and will be responsible for analyzing malware samples, tracking malware evolution, threat actor attribution, and creating signatures in various tools.  This analyst supports overall defense activities, provides in-depth analysis of suspected malicious code and/or infected systems and network devices, performs necessary inspection and reverse-engineering activities to understand the behavior of the software and the root cause for its presence, and develops recommendations on how to counter the threat.  The Threat Research Lead will be responsible for mentoring and guiding junior analysts and continuing to mature the capabilities of MetLife’s Cyber Threat Research Team.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead projects and team initiatives for MetLife’s Cyber Threat Research team
  • Present threat landscape briefings, and finished intelligence products utilizing widely accepted community standards and methodologies approved by management
  • Identify, analyze, correlate, mitigate, track, and develop content for tools & processes related to indicators of comprise
  • Develop network and host-based signatures to identify specific malware. Recommend heuristic or anomaly-based detection methods
  • Capture and perform initial analysis on captured volatile data, log data, and network traffic data to identify immediate intrusion related artifacts which, in turn, will allow immediate defensive countermeasures to be implemented
  • Supports the ingestion and validation of IOCs and observables in various security platforms
  • Provide subject matter expertise in the detection, analysis and mitigation of malware, trends in malware development and capabilities, and proficiency with malware analysis capabilities
  • Build strong relationships and collaborate with diverse stakeholders and partners


Essential Business Experience and Technical Skills:


  • Experience reverse engineering malware samples
  • Knowledge of networking protocols: TCP/IP, HTTP/HTTPs, FTP, IRC etc.
  • Experience creating malware analysis tools and scripts for use in tasks such accelerating malware analysis, unpacking malware, and extracting data (ex - configuration extraction)
  • Strong programming experience - C, Python, or Powershell
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to collaborate with different teams


  • Experience managing small projects
  • Experience working in a Security Operations Center or on an Incident Response Team
  • BA/BS in related field and/or relevant industry certifications GXPN, GREM


Business Category

IT Risk & Security 


Number of Openings



At MetLife, we’re leading the global transformation of an industry we’ve long defined. United in purpose, diverse in perspective, we’re dedicated to making a difference in the lives of our customers.


MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $659.6 billion of total assets under management as of December 31, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. In 2020, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fifth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.   


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.  Visit us at to learn more about our brand, history, and values. 


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to or call our Employee Relations Department at 1-877-843-3711.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.


Requisition #: 117056


Nearest Major Market: Raleigh