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Sr. Cryptocurrency Threat Researcher in Scottsdale at PayPal

Date Posted: 1/16/2021

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Fueled by a fundamental belief that having access to financial services creates opportunity, PayPal (NASDAQ: PYPL) is committed to democratizing financial services and empowering people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy. Our open digital payments platform gives PayPal’s 305 million active account holders the confidence to connect and transact in new and powerful ways, whether they are online, on a mobile device, in an app, or in person. 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.

Threat Management manages threats to the company by advising executives in making threat-informed and mitigating decision to protect the enterprise, products, and customer. Threat Management proactively protects PayPal from on-going and emerging threats through data-driven decisions based on cyber intelligence data, data analytics, and threat assessments. The organization consists of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts with a broad spectrum of industry experiences and deep analytical and quantitative expertise. The team is seeking a high-energy, self-driven, and collaborative cryptocurrency researcher who brings extensive problem-solving skills to further the goal of applying creative analytical solutions to understand and manage risks around cryptocurrency.

Threat Management manages threats to the company by advising executives in making threat-informed and mitigating decision to protect the enterprise, products, and customer. Threat Management proactively protects PayPal from on-going and emerging threats through data-driven decisions based on cyber intelligence data, data analytics, and threat assessments. The organization consists of multi-disciplinary subject matter experts with a broad spectrum of industry experiences and deep analytical and quantitative expertise. The team is seeking a high-energy, self-driven, and collaborative cryptocurrency researcher who brings extensive problem-solving skills to further the goal of applying creative analytical solutions to understand and manage risks around cryptocurrency.

This research position offers an opportunity to work alongside industry leading security professionals. The key objectives of this role would be to:

  • Research cryptocurrency wallet attack vectors and associated risks, including but not limited to takeovers, scams, and related fraud

  • Identify product and process-based vulnerabilities and provide remediation solutions as needed

  • Model cryptocurrency ecosystem threats and attack vectors

  • Identify data sources and industry partnerships that support cryptocurrency research initiatives

Primary Job Responsibilities 

  • Research and forecast emerging threats associated with cryptocurrency

  • Investigate and identify threat actors who target our products and our customers who use them

  • Create data driven approaches to improve internal stakeholder adoption of cryptocurrency related intelligence

  • Formulate, construct, conduct and analyze controlled experiments for cryptocurrency-related threats

  • Develop threat modeling assessments of research findings

  • Articulate findings and provide recommendations to technical and non-technical audiences as necessary

Job Requirements

  • Ability to conduct independent data analysis and research into cryptocurrency-related threats

  • Knowledge of Python, PHP, Perl, or similar scraping languages

  • 5+ years of experience of Information Security or equivalent field

  • 2+ years of experience working with cryptocurrency-related threats

  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in a clear, effective manner both in written and verbal form

  • Advanced degree in a discipline like Software Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Operations Research or Computer Science

  • Ideal candidate should demonstrate history of critical and analytical thinking including problem solving, attention to detail, dealing with ambiguity, ability to handle shifting priorities/deadlines and multi-tasking

  • Familiarity with cross-platform threats

We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day.  We hold ourselves to a One Team Behavior mentality which demands that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect.  Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions.  We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment.  Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.


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.


We're a purpose-driven company whose beliefs are the foundation for how we conduct business every day. We hold ourselves to our One Team Behaviors which demand that we hold the highest ethical standards, to empower an open and diverse workplace, and strive to treat everyone who is touched by our business with dignity and respect. Our employees challenge the status quo, ask questions, and find solutions. We want to break down barriers to financial empowerment. Join us as we change the way the world defines financial freedom.

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 paypalglobaltalentacquisition@paypal.com.

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