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Security Researcher

017926 Requisition #


Akamai's InfoSec Team safeguards the security of the business, from production systems to customer product security. We provide advice, review, expertise, and support to organizations across Akamai. We design and debug control systems, organize security solutions, investigate and respond to security incidents, conduct compliance audits. We combine backgrounds in engineering, mathematics, computer science, biochemistry, and linguistics to solve complex problems. We value knowledge of all kinds and expect mutual sharing with all of our colleagues, emphasizing kindness and respect both inside and outside the team.

As a Security Researcher, your responsibilities will include:

• Review designs with more senior members of InfoSec staff

• Analyze systems for safety, security, and resilience issues; and propose and help develop solutions

 Aid architects in product team engagements

 Respond to security incidents as incident manager or subject matter expert

 Identify research opportunities, make hypotheses, design and carry out experiments, draw conclusions, and present results inside and outside InfoSec

About the Team

The Architect Studio is an InfoSec team for growing and developing security researchers. Studio members work with architects and product teams to improve the safety and security of products and services. Studio members have the latitude to explore research projects to better understand Akamai, to dispel myths, and to generally improve our systems.

Required Education and Experience

 Bachelor's degree in engineering, mathematics, statistics, computer science, or related field plus 2 years of experience OR Master’s degree in relevant coursework

Required Skills

 Minimum 1 year of experience in at least two programming languages, including a scripting language, and ideally including a functional language.

 Exposure to a wide range of language types (e.g., scripting, Unix­like, procedural, functional, high­level) is especially helpful.

 Basic understanding of and interest in internet technologies and fundamental protocols such as HTTPTCP/IP, and DNS

Desired Skills and Experience

 Intellectual curiosity: wanting to know how and why things work, and how to improve them

 Optimism: seeing obstacles as challenges and problems as ways to make things better

 Flexibility: ability to handle an environment that shifts (sometimes suddenly) between leisurely and fast­paced

 Humility: knowing that there is always more to know, and being willing to learn from others

 Systems thinking: being able to identify the key factors in a system and to reason about the system without needing all the low level details

 Safety and security thinking: understanding the difference between random and targeted failures, seeing how things can go wrong (or almost go wrong), and figuring out how to protect against these scenarios

 Adversarial thinking: understanding the system through the eyes of a party who wishes to disable, destroy, exploit, or just plain mess with it, and being able to convert those insights into ways to increase the resilience of the system against such attacks

 Hands­on experimentation: being unafraid to try ideas and evaluate their effectiveness

 Problem framing: being able to identify if the question being asked is the right one, and if not, to be able to ask the right questions

 Interpersonal skills: getting along with coworkers and colleagues, even when (especially when) incentives encourage an adversarial relationship; knowing who and how to influence; being able to act with diplomacy and tact; and displaying active kindness

 Perspective: understanding and making tradeoffs; picking battles well; using political capital wisely; and seeing beyond the immediate problem to work towards long­term goals

 Communication: Expressing oneself clearly, independent of medium (e.g., text, slides, oral presentations), and being able to tailor a message in structure, style, and content to the audience receiving it

 Technical maturity: Being comfortable working with technical information, including design documents, (incomplete) system documentation, source code, and configuration data


About Akamai Technologies

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Akamai's intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visit and follow @AkamaiCareers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more at

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here

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