Lookout: Security Researcher
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Employee Testimonials

Alex Gladd - Lookout Employee
Heinzel Factora - Lookout Employee
Stephanie Shupe - Senior Software Engineer at Lookout

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Lookout is a cybersecurity company for the post-perimeter, cloud-first, mobile-first world. Powered by the largest dataset of mobile code in existence, the Lookout Security Cloud provides visibility into the entire spectrum of mobile risk. Lookout is trusted by hundreds of millions of individual users, enterprises and government agencies and partners such as AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Microsoft, Apple and others. Headquartered in San Francisco, Lookout has offices in Amsterdam, Boston, India, London, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

Lookout is a modern startup for the modern world, run by apps! As part of Lookouts engineering team, you will have an opportunity to take on some of the most interesting challenges in one or more core areas of intellectual property and fundamental building blocks that form Lookouts category-defining Personal and Enterprise products. In order to tackle these challenging problems, you must be open-minded to explore new areas as well as evolve key existing systems, such as high scale cloud systems, mobile platforms(iOS/Android) development, detection engines, analysis systems cloud backend micro-services, front-end/UI, Data Engineering, Machine Learning, Threat research and CI/CD. If you enjoy building cutting edge products leveraging the latest technologies, tools and development methodologies, and want to make an immediate impact through your work, come check us out.

We are looking for a Senior Staff Security Researcher to join our Security Intelligence - Apps team, a group of world-class mobile researchers who work on malware and other app-based threats in the mobile space. We're looking for a someone who will take charge of pinpointing and neutralizing malware in the Android and iOS ecosystems. You will be using the largest data set on mobile apps worldwide and develop malware identification strategies and tools based on a big-data approach. This is an opportunity to become a leader in the hunt for mobile malware and to improve the mobile ecosystem by making life difficult for malicious actors. As a member of this team you will have access and contribute to an extensive arsenal of detection tools and technologies used to hunt and neutralize malware to protect our users.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and stop threats to user security and privacy, as part of our growing Mobile Threat Network, the largest data set of its kind on the planet.
  • Hunt down and neutralize malware before it affects our users.
  • Create detection logic to protect users from current and future malware instances.
  • Develop tools to mine our mobile app data set to identify new malware families, actors, and trends in mobile malware.

Qualifications & skills:

  • Experience in reverse engineering software.
  • Ability to create research tools using Python or Ruby or Java.
  • Knowledge of mobile systems (iOS, Android).
  • Curiosity and a strong drive to understand how malware works.
  • Ability to think like an attacker.
  • Ability to quickly pick up new programming languages and understand new concepts.

Tools, Platforms, and Languages:

  • JEB
  • IDA Pro
Full-time

Employee Testimonials

Alex Gladd - Lookout Employee
Alex Gladd
Forward Deployed Engineer, Sales

Why is what you do important?

I think protecting people as they use their mobile devices on a daily basis is important. I don’t think I would go a day without having my device with me and I don’t really know anybody who would these days. I think today there’s more exposure to attacks and compromises than ever before, for both people and organizations. I also love supporting our team. There’s an awful lot of work that needs to be done and a limited number of people with the right skillset out there... READ FULL EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Heinzel Factora - Lookout Employee
Heinzel Factora
Staff Technical Program Manager

What is one of your favorite projects you’ve worked on at Lookout?

I’ve been really lucky because I’ve worked on a lot of projects in my time here, but the last big program I worked on was our Mobile Threat Protection launch to the public. It’s one of my favorites because when I joined the team, it was only made up of eight or nine people. Now, that team has grown to around 40 people with four different Scrum teams, and I got to be there through that growth. It was an opportunity to really shape the team and the product.This was a brand new, and very important project and product for us. Alongside the team, I got to identify what Mobile Threat Protection would look like in terms of features and functionality set, and helped determine the schedule and drove the delivery... READ FULL EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

Stephanie Shupe - Senior Software Engineer at Lookout
Stephanie Shupe
Senior Software Engineer

How has your team helped you or what is one of your favorite memories/anecdotes from the team?

One of the biggest skills my team helped me learn was testing. I hadn’t gotten into a habit of code testing when I first came out of my boot camp program years ago. I had done a little bit of it, but my team, and Lookout, really demands that code work as well as possible before it ever gets into quality assurance’s hands. They helped me set up tests, which changed the way I looked at writing my code. Here’s how it works: the product team gives us the expectations for that product or feature. You take those expectations and write them into your test. Effectively your code is going to fail all of those expectations at first, but then one by one you make them pass and can rest at the end knowing that your project works the way you wanted. It’s not a complete failsafe, but it’s a cool method of writing code that I learned solidly from my team. The nice thing is, Lookout’s whole engineering organization uses the same kind of methodology, so if you transfer teams like I did, you can carry your coding practice with you. That’s something I’m really thankful for....READ FULL EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT