Proofpoint Staff Information Security Tools Engineer in Sunnyvale, California

Staff Information Security Tools Engineer



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

We are currently hiring an influential and creative Senior Information Security Tools Engineer interested in joining our Global Information Security team – creating tools that make it easy to efficiently manage security event prevention, detection, and response in our large-scale production infrastructure. Working in collaboration with other members of the Operations, Engineering, and Security teams you will build and maintain the fundamental tooling and automation that empowers our Information Security Engineers and Application Engineers to improve productivity and product security posture with a small, nimble team that has a really big impact.

Technologies you may work with include:

  • Perl, Python, Ruby, bash, Powershell, etc.

  • Operating systems (Windows, Linux)

  • Endpoint detection and response (e.g. GRR, osquery , sysmon )

  • Log collection and normalization (e.g. Splunk, ELK)

  • Configuration & runbook management (e.g. Puppet, Ansible, Rundeck, CloudFormation)

  • Public cloud/PaaS (e.g. AWS, Azure, GCC)

  • Continuous integration / continuous deployment (CI/CD)

  • Databases and related technology (MySQL/MariaDB, nosql , RDS)

Your day-to-day

  • Identify existing technology and processes, in use by the team, that would be good candidates for automation, security monitoring, reporting or tooling optimization

  • Recommend, design, build, and deploy new tools and platforms that automate, streamline and scale our security operations efforts

  • Build reusable libraries and tools for common application security functions

  • Develop custom security monitoring/reporting automation

  • Communication and coordination with Information & Application Security Engineers, Development, and other operations tools teams

  • Provide Ongoing monitoring, maintenance, and support of new and existing security tool systems and infrastructure

  • Analyze, scope, and document new tool requirements in accordance with standards

What you bring to the team

  • Security operations background that supports your understanding of security-specific tool needs (e.g. detection, forensics, log normalization, privilege separation, etc.)

  • Demonstrated success automating and optimizing security tools and infrastructure in a complex large-scale computing environment

  • Experienced utilizing packet capture tools and analysis of packet data

  • Experienced with IDS monitoring technologies (Snort, Suricata, Security Onion, etc.)

  • Effective and efficient programming skills; a fundamental understanding of what makes maintainable, extensible, and scalable code

  • Comfortable working with existing code, open source tools, APIs, and driving for improvement whenever possible

  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to independently prioritize day-to-day tasks

  • BS in Computer Science or relevant work / coding experience is required

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.