Lead Analyst, Threat Intelligence

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At Coinbase, our mission is to, and we couldn’t do this without hiring the best people
We’re a group of hard-working overachievers who are deeply focused on building the future of finance and Web3 for our users across the globe, whether they’re trading, storing, staking or using crypto
Know those people who always lead the group project? That’s us

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team
First, we look for candidates who will thrive in a like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, and disrupt ourselves
Second, we expect all employees to commit to our to our work
Finally, we seek people who are excited to learn about and live crypto, because those are the folks who enjoy the intense moments in our sprint and recharge work culture
We’re a remote-first company looking to hire the absolute best talent all over the world

Ready to #LiveCrypto? Who you are:

  • You’ve got positive energy
    You’re optimistic about the future and determined to get there
  • You’re never tired of learning
    You want to be a pro in bleeding edge tech like DeFi, NFTs, DAOs, and Web 3
  • You appreciate direct communication
    You’re both an active communicator and an eager listener – because let’s face it, you can’t have one without the other
    You’re cool with candid feedback and see every setback as an opportunity to grow
  • You can pivot on the fly
    Crypto is constantly evolving, so our priorities do, too
    What you worked on last month may not be what you work on today, and that excites you
    You’re not looking for a boring job
  • You have a “can do” attitude
    Our teams create high-quality work on quick timelines
    Owning a problem doesn’t scare you, but rather empowers you to take 100% responsibility for achieving our mission
  • You want to be part of a winning team
    We’re stronger together, and you’re a person who embraces being pushed out of your comfort zone

Security Operations Team (Threat Intelligence)

Security is a primary competency at Coinbase, and the Security Operations team keeps a watchful eye over every aspect of it
Every day, we go to battle against some of the most sophisticated attackers in the world to protect billions of dollars worth of digital assets and ensure that our customers and employees can enjoy a safe, trusted experience
As Coinbase scales globally, our team is scaling along with it, using a blend of tooling, automation, and strategic team growth to ensure that we’re well-equipped to protect the next billion users of crypto

What you’ll be doing (ie
job duties):

The Security Operations group is a multi-functional organization that includes our CSIRT, Trust & Safety, Insider Threat, and Threat Intelligence
While no two days will end up looking the same, generally-speaking you’ll be responsible for the following things:

  • Growing our threat actor tracking and analytic efforts, to provide actionable intelligence to our security, product, and ecosystem partners
  • Researching emerging attack trends, uncovering attacker infrastructure and tools, and helping Coinbase make sure attackers have a terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day
  • Monitoring and analyzing in-the-wild exploits, malware, and attacks against other crypto exchanges, determining attribution to a particular threat group, and working with our CSIRT to develop detections accordingly
  • Creating tools and automations to handle repetitive research tasks and bridge the gap between existing and needed capabilities
  • Sharing your most interesting findings via the Coinbase blog, internal and external presentations, and threat profiles or reports
  • Train and mentor teammates and partners in intelligence analysis, operations, reverse engineering, and operational security

What we look for in you (ie
job requirements):

Some security teams have strict requirements about certifications, degrees, years of experience, and things like that
Not us! We’re more interested in the unique perspectives and expertise you’ll bring to the team, rather than the acronyms on your resume
However, you’ll be much more likely to be successful in this role if these bullet points seem like a good description of you:

  • You’ve been doing practical security things (detection and response, malware analysis, security research, etc) for a while now, probably in the realm of 6+ years
  • You are comfortable doing malware analysis, in either static or dynamic environments, and have a favorite tool or set of tools you use to tear binaries apart
  • You’re familiar with Python and/or Go and have used it for data analysis or to automate the task that made you bored when you were asked to do it more than three (or a thousand) times
  • You regularly use OSINT or threat intelligence to better understand an attack or piece of malware
    You effectively communicate your findings and analysis with the team
  • You’re curious about how cyber actors operate, and you’re determined to not let a broken dependency or sinkholed domain stop you from figuring it out
    You aren’t afraid to ask for help from your coworkers or network, but you know how to spot a rabbit hole before you’ve gone too deep

Nice to haves:

  • You would bring a diverse perspective to the team: for example,  maybe you took an unconventional route to get into your current security career
  • You’ve got a deep familiarity with blockchains and cryptocurrency
    You know how peel chains and mixers work on a technical level, and can talk about the impact of off-chain transactions on blockchain investigations
  • Experience presenting your work through blogging, conferences, or media publications, and building strong professional networks


Pay Transparency Notice: Depending on your work location, the target annual salary for this position can range from $201,450 to $237,000 + target bonus + target equity + benefits (including medical, dental, vision and 401(k))

Commitment to Equal Opportunity

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
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