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Lead Cyber Security Engineer in Scottsdale, Arizona, United States of America at PayPal

Date Posted: 1/11/2022

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Job Description

At PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL), we believe that every person has the right to participate fully in the global economy. Our mission is to democratize financial services to ensure that everyone, regardless of background or economic standing, has access to affordable, convenient, and secure products and services to take control of their financial lives. We’re a purpose-driven company, and our beliefs are the foundation of how we conduct business every day. We’re guided by our core values of Inclusion, Innovation, Collaboration, and Wellness. Collectively, these values inspire us to work together as One Team with our customers at the center of everything we do, and to take care of ourselves, each other, and the communities in which we live and work. We challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. Join us as we enable the hopes, dreams, and ambitions of millions of people around the world.

The Lead Cybersecurity Engineer will be a part of the threat engineering team, a global technical team that provides support on advanced solutions for security controls, tooling, detections, automation, monitoring, purple teaming, research and alerting in alignment with the MITRE ATT&CK Framework.

We are looking for a Lead Cybersecurity Engineer to join our threat engineering team. In this IC (individual contributor) role, you will support and develop on-prem and cloud (Azure, AWS, GCP) defensive tools and procedures to optimize threat mitigation and reduce malicious activity for our customers. The primary day-today responsibilities include designing solutions to improve overall security posture for incident response operations, cybersecurity analysts and threat hunters across the global business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • As an IC, you will lead the engineering, implementation, and maintenance of security tools, solutions and processes to ensure an appropriate level of security posture. 

  • Develop detection rules across various platforms and Business Units to improve our overall detection capabilities

  • Create automated processes and workflows to improve PayPal's security posture and SLA adherence

  • Perform end-to-end threat hunting cycle, including Purple Team exercises

  • Provide situational awareness on the current threat landscape and the techniques, tactics and procedures associated with specific threats

  • Collaborate with colleagues across the globe to impact and drive results.


  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in information security technology or equivalent work experience and/or Security certifications.

  • 7 - 10 years of experience in Cybersecurity, ideally 2 - 3 years as a Security Operation Center (SOC) Analyst

  • Strong technical experience and familiarity with various techniques of cyber-attacks, MITRE ATT&CK framework, Purple Team concepts, incident response, and threat hunting modeling

  • Working experience within a Security Operations Center environment, improving SOC processes and work-flows related to security operations

  • Programming and DB queries experience, an advantage

  • Highly motivated, results focused, innovative, curious, and a continuous learner

  • Deep understanding of tools and processes used in security incident detection and handling

  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking and time management skills

  • Java scripting or python programming, an advantage

  • Knowledge of common web technologies, enterprise, and network architecture

  • Knowledge of or demonstrated experience with defense in depth, trust levels, privileges and permissions

  • Ability to work in a dynamic and multicultural environment, with a collaborative and positive/professional persona

For more than 20 years, PayPal has remained at the forefront of the digital payment revolution. By leveraging technology to make financial services and commerce more convenient, affordable, and secure, our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 400 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways. Through a combination of technological innovation and strategic partnerships, PayPal creates better ways to manage and move money, and offers choice and flexibility when sending payments, paying, or getting paid. Available in more than 200 markets around the world, the PayPal platform, including Braintree, Venmo and Xoom, enables consumers and merchants to receive money in more than 100 currencies, withdraw funds in 56 currencies and hold balances in their PayPal accounts in 25 currencies.

PayPal provides equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, PayPal will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. If you are unable to submit an application because of incompatible assistive technology or a disability, please contact us at