Senior Threat Hunting Analyst/Security Data Scientist

  • Shell
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Dec 24, 2018
Full-time Big Data Cybersecurity Data Analysis Data Science Data Security Information Security Information Technology (IT) Machine Learning Risk Analysis

Job Description

As businesses leverage digitalization opportunities, their cyber-attack surface structurally increases, which can lead to business disruptions, data breaches and brand damage.  High profile industry incidents show that these risks are real, and this has turned cyber resilience into a topic for Boards.

Cyber attacks can cause damage to reputations, destruction of assets and loss of information. Shell is taking action to detect and respond to the continuous flow of these types of attacks.

As part of the Information Risk Management function, the CyberDefence capability has specific focus on identifying cyber threats, discovery of IT vulnerabilities, monitoring for cyber intrusions and response to security incidents.

As part of the CyberDefence capability the Threat and Analytics team in CyberDefence has two main areas of focus: 

  • To ensure we understand the internal and external threat landscape, what threats to focus on and how these can be identified within Shell.
  • To find unknown cyber security threats active within Shell and weaknesses in our security controls by applying data analysis techniques to large, diverse sets of internal and external data.

Our Data Analysis team searches through large, diverse sets of internal and external data to detect any unknown cyber security threats that are active within Shell and weaknesses in our security controls. You will regularly come up with new hypotheses on how adversaries may be attacking us and will prove out your hypotheses based on Shell event data. Furthermore, you will use statistical and machine learning techniques to identify outliers that will be further investigated. Once the unknown becomes known, you will ensure that we automate our detection and hand it over to our 24x7 Monitoring team. The Data Analysis team is paramount to ensure we continuously improve our detection capabilities and keep track of the ever increasing threat landscape.


  • Must have legal authorization to work in the US on a full-time basis for anyone other than current employer.
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Minimum of eight (8+) years IT security experience with deep knowledge and experience of advance analysis (e.g. malware analysis, forensic investigations, packet level analysis, indication of compromise, etc)
  • Experience with Splunk Search Processing Language (SPL) to perform machine learning analytics on data
  • Understanding of attack activities - scans, man in the middle, sniffing, (D)DoS, phishing, and abnormal activities such as worms, Trojans, viruses, privilege escalations, etc.
  • Experience working in a complex global environment with common security device functions and countering a variety of attack vectors.
  • Ability to use various security technologies for topics such as packet analysis, intrusion detection (including signature development), exploitation of vulnerabilities, searches in event data using Splunk, etc
  • Knowledge of common operating systems and network device functions
  • Has excellent analytical skills and appreciates a technical challenge.
  • Has a good technical understanding of and experience with IT networks, infrastructure and applications.
  • Has a passion for IT technology and is able to share that with other members of the team.
  • Has good written and verbal communication skills  and provides well-informed advice.
  • Produces high quality deliverables in terms of both content and presentation. Examples of deliverables include: reports, presentations and reasoned arguments.
  • Carries out assignments and projects, alone or as part of a team, applying knowledge, skills, and experience.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the issues of interest to Shell and proposes viable solutions within the scope of own expertise, taking into account the needs of those affected.
  • Maintains knowledge and experience of current practice within own area of expertise and is aware of current developments within own area of expertise.
  • Develops and maintains knowledge of Cyber security and maintains an awareness of current developments.
  • Promotes transfer of knowledge and awareness of information security to those in related areas.
  • Is comfortable working virtually.
  • Creative mind-set and proven ability to think as a hacker and to translate this into threat scenario’s and use cases (evidence based analytical ability and attention to detail)
  • Broad experience in technical IT security topics and hold certifications like: Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP), GIAC Certified Forensic Analyst (GCFA), GIAC Certified Reverse Engineering Malware (GREM), GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner (GCFE), GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst (GCIA), CISSP; Broad understanding of all stages of Information Risk Management
  • Experience with Data Science, developing machine learning algorithms and Big Data architectures / technology is a pre.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to interact professionally with a diverse group: executives, managers, and subject matter experts
  • Effective and persuasive in both written and oral communication in English; strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to network across boundaries

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