Security Analyst Intern, Threat Discovery

Facebook’s Threat Discovery team is looking for highly talented and motivated Security Analyst Intern with experience in investigating and analyzing online threat actors and malicious software The team works on proactively understanding the global threat landscape as it manifests in the real world and transfers that knowledge to our investigations of threat activity on our platform. An Intern will have the opportunity to work on some of the most challenging, complicated, and high-visibility security risks the company is facing. The potential for impact with this work is substantial, as outcomes could affect the billions of people who use our products. The perfect candidate will have an investigative background, experience in static and dynamic analysis of malicious software (desktop and mobile applications), using quantitative analysis to make data-driven decisions, and interest in digital fingerprinting or bot detection. It is highly important that candidates are focused on results, and are self-starters. This position is located in Washington, DC and will begin in Summer 2021.

Security Analyst Intern, Threat Discovery Responsibilities

  • Analyze malicious software with interest and capability to target Facebook and its users
  • Use SQL queries to enable data driven decisions and recommendations for abuse measurement
  • Summarize and present information from investigations and reports to internal teams
  • Help to build and chart TTPs and unique fingerprints to stop abuse
  • Support technical investigations by effectively communicating actionable results to different audience types
  • Engage constructively in projects that combine teams from many departments
  • Work with outside experts to enhance internal data and investigations


Minimum Education Level: Student

Minimum Qualifications
  • Currently pursuing a Bachelors or Masters degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity or related fields
  • Experience in static and dynamic analysis of malicious software (desktop and mobile applications), and interest in digital fingerprinting or bot detection
  • Knowledge of running malicious software in a virtual machine and functional programming is preferred
  • Knowledge of – or eagerness to learn – query or scripting languages (SQL, Python, R) to manipulate, transform, and analyze data
  • Experience with understanding Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and cybercrime threats, and how such threats might manifest on Facebook
  • Experience with online and open source investigations, internet-based research tools, and relational databases
  • Interest in performing complex link and social network analysis based in concert with thorough online investigations
  • Comfortable analyzing complex, high volume, high dimensionality data from varying sources
  • Ability to communicate complex quantitative analysis in a clear, precise, and actionable manner
  • Must obtain work authorization in the country of employment at the time of hire, and maintain ongoing work authorization during employment
  • Must be currently enrolled in a full-time degree program and returning to the program after the completion of the internship/co-op
Preferred Qualifications
  • A strong passion for empirical research and for answering hard questions with data
  • Additional language skills beyond English
  • Experience with business data analytics like creating and monitoring metrics, and building dashboards
  • Familiarity with Tableau or other data visualization tools
  • Comfortable working with large data sets or distributed computing tools is a plus (Map/Reduce, Hadoop, Hive, etc).
Posted: February 1, 2021
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