Sr. Security Analyst, CSIRT

  • Coinbase
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Jul 30, 2020

Job Description

Location: Dublin, Ireland
Coinbase has built the world's leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 30 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy, and increase economic freedom around the world.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we assess whether a candidate demonstrates our values: Clear Communication, Positive Energy, Efficient Execution, and Continuous Learning. Second, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

Read more about our values and culture here.

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 (i.e., Job Duties)

The Security Operations group is a multi-functional organization that includes our CSIRT, Trust & Safety, and Threat Intelligence. While no two days will end up looking the same, generally-speaking you'll be responsible for the following things:
  • You'll serve as the first line of response when a security alert needs to be triaged, and lead the incident response/ management as needed.
  • You'll also refine our alerting rules to improve our signal/noise ratio, because no one wants to be a button-pusher or SOC monkey.
  • If something happens twice, you'll write a runbook for it. If it happens three times, you'll figure out a way to automate that runbook.
  • You'll investigate and monitor cryptocurrency movements to ensure the safekeeping of customer funds.
  • You'll partner with Trust & Safety and Threat Intelligence on some of our attacker investigations to build TTP profiles.
  • You'll be part of a light on-call rotation with counterparts in multiple timezones.

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 (incident response, phishkit/malware analysis, investigating account compromises, etc) for a while now, probably in the realm of 5+ years
  • You don't just reflexively open up a Jupyter Notebook during an investigation, you've actually got favorite Jupyter Notebooks you've built up over the years, because you like backing up your conclusions with data, and you like automating things.
  • You eat logs and packets for breakfast.
  • You frequently get praise from your peers and coworkers about your communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • You know that people aren't stupid, but everyone makes mistakes. Your high degree of empathy means that your coworkers trust you to help solve their security problems, because you never come across as judgmental or condescending.
  • Pressure doesn't get to you, even in high-intensity situations or environments.

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 passing familiarity with blockchains and cryptocurrency, or at least a good story about how you thought about investing in Bitcoin in 2014 but decided not to.
  • You're comfortable doing some basic scripting and writing alert rules in Python and running queries in SQL/Presto.
  • You've got some experience with OSINT and threat hunting
  • You've got some experience doing incident response in the cloud.
  • You'd prefer if everyone just settled on using the ATT&CK framework already.

Coinbase is committed to diversity in its workforce and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and to review all of our job postings to minimize biased language. Coinbase does not make hiring or employment decisions on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sex, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, or any other basis protected by applicable local, state or federal law. Coinbase will also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in a manner consistent with San Francisco's Fair Chance Ordinance and similar local laws.

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