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Sr. Manager, Threat Detection (Virtual – Anywhere in the US)

Location: Atlanta, GA


Company Overview

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.

The Role

As a Proofpoint Sr. Manager for Threat Detection, you will lead a team of malware and phishing analysts tasked with creating detections for Proofpoint products. This team of dynamic and creative threat researchers is focused on finding malware, understanding how it works and using that knowledge to improve our products. The team creates network IDS detections to detect malicious activity on our customers’ networks. Using a variety of research techniques, threat intelligence, and host and network telemetry, they write detection signatures that help protect Proofpoint customers. 

The successful candidate will manage the team of threat researchers responsible for this work. The successful candidate will have prior experience in areas of threat detection, malware research, data analysis, and host or network forensics. This role will be able to participate in guiding automation efforts on her/his own team working with engineers on custom tool development, and by providing requirements to partner teams who share similar goals. 

This role is responsible for both internal and external customer-facing interaction. This role will not only be a people manager but ensure excellent coverage for threat landscape briefings and act as a face of Proofpoint for customers and non-customers. This manager will have significant impact in the direction of the Emerging Threats products and Proofpoint detection capabilities as whole. 

This leader will be responsible for the hiring, training and professional development of talented threat analysts. The team will focus on consistent and timely updates to detection methods as required by internal stakeholders, customer requests and the demands of the changing threat landscape.

Your day-to-day

  • Working with analysts, product managers, support personnel, sales and other outside teams to deliver uncompromising service in timely threat detection
  • Reviewing timeliness and efficacy of protections created by analyst teams
  • Provide project management for minor projects and initiatives as it pertains to operational effectiveness
  • Discover and report common and repeated problems to management and propose process and technical improvements
  • Use of excellent analytical skills to work in a diverse team environment, exchanging ideas and data with developers, support, product managers, and customers
  • A deep understanding and up-to-date handle on the evolving threat landscape, giving briefings to customers, prospects and internal groups to spread threat intelligence

What you bring to the team

  • Experience in operational threat research or detection management 
  • Ability to design process and procedure to insure creation of protections for Proofpoint customers
  • Ability to find and hire the best technical talent
  • Experience running a Tier 3 product support team 
  • Knowledge of the threat landscape
  • A passion for surfacing threats, understanding them and communicating them to senior leadership
  • Experience growing technical talent and developing professional growth strategies for highly technical personnel
  • No fear of enabling sales teams, working with marketing and doing evangelism for your product and team
  • Skills with reporting and metrics tracking for efficacy
  • Familiarity with any of the following technologies: Suricata, Snort, IDS signature creation, credential phishing, PCAP storage, malware sandboxing, python, linux command line tools, yara, Anti-virus
  • Ability to interface with various teams to make the best customer experience for our products
  • Focus on how threat intelligence lends value to our customers and products
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences
  • Bias for action and willingness to take risks
  • Experience making things happen in a fast-paced dynamic environment
  • 3+ Years of people management

Nice to have

  • Amazing presentation skills
  • Experience working remotely for a large information security vendor
  • Located in a US time zone, available during US business hours

Additional Information

  • Travel: 10%
  • Location: Anywhere in USA, work from home/remote acceptable

Why Proofpoint

As a customer focused and driven-to-win organization with leading edge products, there are many exciting reasons to join the Proofpoint team. We believe in hiring the best the brightest and cultivating a culture of collaboration and appreciation. As we continue to grow and expand globally, we understand that hiring the right people and treating them well is key to our success! We are a multi-national company with locations in 10 countries, with each location contributing to Proofpoint’s amazing culture!



Proofpoint is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified individuals regardless of race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Proofpoint does not accept unsolicited resumes from external recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, Proofpoint will not consider or agree to payment of any recruiter or agency fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, Proofpoint explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency.

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In order to expedite the pre-boarding employment process with Proofpoint, we must collect information from you that is deemed “personal” and is protected by worldwide data privacy laws. Proofpoint is committed to full compliance with all laws and has taken the necessary steps to ensure that we meet the obligations required by country-specific data protection laws, as well as the EU Directive on Personal Data Protection. We also required the same from our Staffing partner Oracle, who assists us with the management of our internal database. By logging into our system and entering the requested data, you are authorizing Proofpoint to collect, process, and house your personal data to our internal database.  This database will be accessible by Proofpoint employees and select employees of Oracle who have been given access rights based on a relevant and legal business need to know.  Your information will not be shared with or visible by any third party outside of Proofpoint and Oracle. All individuals with access to personal data have been educated on data privacy laws and the use of personal data, and have signed Data Privacy Confidential Non-Disclosures.   

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