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Palo Alto Networks Network Traffic Analyst - Unit 42 (Remote) in Boston, Massachusetts

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission: Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

Unit 42 Consulting is Palo Alto Network's security advisory team. Our vision is to create a more secure digital world by providing the highest quality incident response, risk management, and digital forensic services to clients of all sizes. Our team is comprised of recognized experts and incident responders with deep technical expertise and experience in investigations, data breach response, digital forensics, and information security. With a highly successful track record of delivering mission-critical cybersecurity solutions, we are experienced in working quickly to provide an effective incident response, attack readiness, and remediation plans with a focus on providing long-term support to improve our clients’ security posture.


Unit 42 is seeking a Network Traffic Analyst to join our growing team. The Network Traffic Analyst will work in tandem with the Threat Intelligence Analyst and Mobile Application Analyst teams to investigate suspected malicious mobile applications. Suspected malicious mobile applications will be tested in a sandboxed environment with proxies capturing all network traffic. The Network Traffic Analyst will work to identify anomalous activities within captured logs, as well as supplemental information discovered via Threat Intelligence.


  • The Network Traffic Analyst will partner with the Threat Intelligence Analyst and Mobile Application Analyst teams to investigate suspected malicious mobile applications

  • Understand how web requests are formed including POST parameters, HTTP headers, user agents, request parameters, request cookies, etc

  • Inspect web traffic logs from application testing sessions to identify anomalous or suspicious activity initiated by mobile applications

  • Query back-end databases using Presto SQL for web traffic logs for each individual testing session

  • Utilize web logs to identify traffic and request patterns within the mobile application and develop a traffic fingerprint

  • Attention to detail and complying with requirements of querying production databases are a must

  • Demonstrate a resourceful and creative approach to solving technical problems

  • Regularly and uniformly report findings. Create a narrative to the analysis performed

  • Ability to multi-task and experience context switching to work on multiple applications in tandem and also staying up to date with prioritized requests and follow-ups within the individual workstreams

  • Former professional services and consulting experience, preferred.

  • Experience with web traffic logs including understanding how HTTP requests are formed, sent, and received

  • Basic SQL querying experience including sub queries

  • Understand database partitions and schemas

  • Experience with working on long-term engagements with multi-functional teams comprised of outsourced entities, legal, and operational business units

  • Experience adhering to rigorous and detailed instructions while also thinking creatively and solving problems. Attention to detail is a must.

  • Knowledge of command line interfaces or scripting tools a plus

Our Commitment:

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.

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