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Software Engineer at Vectra AI
Austin, TX, US

The Cognito platform from Vectra provides continuous, automated threat surveillance to proactively expose hidden and unknown cyberattackers that actively spread inside networks.

The genesis of Cognito is based on a simple principle for finding hidden threats: use an authoritative source of data and seek out the fundamental threat behaviors that cybercriminals can’t avoid when they carry out an attack.

To do this, Cognito relies on the only source of truth during a cyberattack – network traffic. Only traffic on the wire – whether in private data centers, public clouds or enterprise environments – reveals the truth with complete fidelity and independence. Low-fidelity perimeter security only shows what you’ve already seen, not the hidden attacks that were missed.

Cognito delivers a far more efficient way of analyzing network traffic at scale. Instead of traditional payload inspection, it uses AI, machine learning and behavioral traffic analysis to expose the fundamental behaviors of attackers as they spy, spread, and steal in the network – even in encrypted traffic. By automating cyberattacker detection, analysis and incident response, Cognito AI condenses days or weeks of work into minutes, reducing the threat investigation workload. For more details, see https://vectra.ai/how-it-works.

Position Overview

The Vectra Engineering team is a small and constantly growing team of individuals. We look for people that are smart, very capable technically, and have fun solving the challenges that our customers face together as a team. We believe strongly that everyone can and should have significant impacts on the growth of the product as well as the company and our culture. We believe in using the right technology for each problem and building knowledge through mentorship and other things like peer code reviews. We're excited to find others to join the team that want to work on an interesting product that solves real problems.

As part of the Engineering team, Platform Engineers will work directly on the Cognito product platform to solve complex problems. This may include things like:

  • Working to build high performance platforms (imagine supporting 100Gbps feeds in realtime)
  • Writing high speed parsers for feature extraction from network protocols
  • Building services and APIs to drive on-going development of algorithms and applications
  • Working on a variety of form-factors including bare-metal, virtual machines (in public and private clouds), and containers
  • Augmenting cloud infrastructure for updates, monitoring, and telemetry

The ideal candidate is a team player who is excited to work with a variety of technologies and enjoys solving many different problems.

Responsibilities

  • Work in Python, Golang or C++ on a daily basis to build enterprise-level features
  • Evaluate and identify the correct approaches or technologies to use to solve problems
  • Work with product management to help define requirements for new high value features for customers
  • Work with our data science and security research teams to build new or enrich current parsers and models
  • Deliver software with automated tests in a modern CI toolchain

Qualifications

  • Required
    • BS or MS in Computer Science (or equivalent experience)
    • Python, Golang, or C++ experience
    • Detailed knowledge of algorithms, data structures, and parallel computing
    • Unix/Linux proficiency
    • Experience with a source control system, preferably Git
  • Preferred
    • Networking knowledge (L3-L7 protocols)
    • Robust security skills including firewall or IDS experience
    • Understanding of database internals beyond basic queries and interaction
    • Experience with REST APIs
    • Performance tuning skills