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Threat Data Scientist

Software Engineering
018285 Requisition #


If you have a deep passion for data and security, love handling massive data sets, and get excited from solving hard problems, Akamai is the place for you. We are seeking a highly motivated Threat Data Scientist who will work with Engineering and Product Management teams to quickly resolve highly technical, complex issues, and advocate for real-world customer use cases, features, and functionality. You will apply your practical analytical skills and your experience with statistical analysis to derive actionable insights from large volumes of data.

Join a fast-paced team in Akamai’s Security Unit charged with protecting the largest brands against the unpredictable landscape of evolving botnets and malware. Bad actors might build massive botnets or new automated attack systems; you’ll help dismantle and cripple them in real, internet time.

As a Threat Data Scientist, you will be responsible for: 

Investigate the most sophisticated bots from across the Akamai’s customer base

Tuning detection algorithms for best fit for a particular customer traffic pattern

On-going measurement of the effectiveness of bot detection algorithms. Modifying the algorithms as required to increase effectiveness.

Build tools for automated analysis

Keep abreast of current malware, botnets, or other automated agent trends and provide insights for further product enhancements

About the Team:

Akamai powers over 85% of the top online retailers and delivers about 30% of Internet traffic on any given day. Our team is part of the Security organization which is responsible for design and development of technology that helps customers to protect their web sites and secure the transactions over the web. Our Bot Manager product is designed to provide superior cloud computing security, prevent data theft & downtime, web scrapping, and mitigate large account takeover attempts. Akamai has built a massive global distributed network that can solve problems at a scale that few others can approach. By leveraging our deployment of servers around the world, we can uniquely solve technology problems with innovative solutions that exceed the fundamental limitations of networking.

Required Education and Experience:

Applicants must meet one of the following educations and experience requirements:

*  2 years of relevant experience and a Bachelors’ degree in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science or similar, or

*  Relevant experience and a Masters’ degree

Required Skills:

*  Minimum of 2 years experience in Data analysis

*  Minimum of 3 years experience in Python programming

*  Minimum of 3 years experience in SQL

*  Minimum 2 of years experience working on Unix platform

Desired Skills:

*  1 year experience in Javascript debugging

*  2 years experience with various open source data analytic packages such as Pandas, numPy, Matplotlib, etc

*  Strong verbal and written communications skills; experience presenting complex technical information, succinctly, to technical and business audiences.

*  Data visualization skills to translate complex models and analysis results into layman terms.

*  Experience, familiarity and ease with handling large, messy data sets. Prior experience with AWS Athena is a plus, but not required.

*  Understanding of Proxies, DNS, HTTP protocol, Browser Rendering engines.

*  Bot detection experience is a plus

*  Interest in Machine Learning, specifically anomaly detection and data mining

*  Interest in Web Application security

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer that values the strength that diversity brings to the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

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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