Akamai Technologies, Inc. Senior Security Researcher in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Senior Security Researcher

Cambridge, United States


Apr 21, 2017 Post Date

008337 Requisition #


Do you want to help shape the future of security of the Internet? Can you analyze a system at different levels of abstraction and spot the flaws? Do you have the hacker mindset? If so, come join the Information Security team as a Senior Security Researcher.

This is not a job about configuring packet filters or applying vendor patches.

You will be crafting enlightening responses to customer inquiries about the security architecture of Akamai's web-scale systems. You will be learning about how customers use these systems and provide guidance to both customers and system architects to improve customer safety. You will be have an opportunity to work with the teams which support the rest of the business in making good decisions and building safe and secure systems.

You will be exposed to new technologies and ideas and be expected to learn them quickly. You will find your ideas challenged and have to defend them with sound logic and evidence – and have the pleasure of working with others held to the same standards.

Be part of a team of dedicated security experts who work to make the Internet a safer place for everyone.

As a Senior Security Researcher you will be responsible for:

● Collaborate with Security Architects, Security Researchers, and Software Engineers to develop authoritative customer-facing documentation on the status and function of Akamai systems.

● Contribute to better customer understanding of how Akamai operates, protects and enhances web technologies.

● Assist in incident response and analysis.

● Help analyze and articulate risks to Internet infrastructure.

● Advise decision makers in the development of safer and more defensible software and business processes which better addresses the customers' security concerns.

● Study system diagrams, interview system architects, and read source code to understand system behavior and how it may have diverged from documentation.

● Propose new ways to find and/or prevent flaws in Internet-connected software and systems.

● Participate as a technical resource for in-person briefings with both customer executives and technical staff.

About the Team

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.


Required Education and Experience

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

  • 5 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics or equivalent or

  • 3 years of relevant experience and a Master’s degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics or equivalent or

  • Relevant experience and a PhD

Required Skills

  • 1-2 years experience in at least two programming languages, including a scripting language.

  • 1-3 years experence with and interest in Internet technologies and fundamental protocols such as HTTP, TCP/IP, TLS, and DNS.

  • 1-2 years experience or familiarity with security technologies, processes, and concepts such as symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, TLS, and Authentication and Authorization.

  • 2-3 years successfully writing to technical and business audiences. Must be able to demonstrate clarity, effectiveness and persuasiveness in communications

Desired Skills

  • Excellent technical aptitude and a desire to learn constantly.

  • Exposure to a wide range of language types (e.g., scripting, Unix-like, procedural, functional, high-level) is especially helpful.

  • Experience authoring applications using several different web-based application frameworks.

  • Some knowledge of Systems-Theoretic Accident Modeling and Processes (STAMP) and STPA-derived methods.

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai is the global leader in Content Delivery Network (CDN) services, making the Internet business ready—fast, reliable, and secure—for its customers. The company's advanced web performance, mobile performance, cloud security and media delivery solutions are revolutionizing how businesses optimize consumer, enterprise and entertainment experiences for any device, anywhere. Headquartered in Cambridge, MA, Akamai has offices around the world and operates the most pervasive, highly distributed CDN—with more than 200,000 servers in 110 or more countries—delivering up to 30% of all Web traffic. Learn more atwww.akamai.com/careers.

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 atwww.akamai.com/diversity.

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, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here.