Senior Software Engineer, Windows Detections at CrowdStrike

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At CrowdStrike we’re on a mission - to stop breaches. Our groundbreaking technology, services delivery, and intelligence gathering together with our innovations in machine learning and behavioral-based detection, allow our customers to not only defend themselves, but do so in a future-proof manner. We’ve earned numerous honors and top rankings for our technology, organization and people – clearly confirming our industry leadership and our special culture driving it. We also offer flexible work arrangements to help our people manage their personal and professional lives in a way that works for them. So if you’re ready to work on unrivaled technology where your desire to be part of a collaborative team is met with a laser-focused mission to stop breaches and protect people globally, let’s talk.

 

About the role:

CrowdStrike is looking for a Senior Software Engineer to join our growing Engine and Content Development (ECD) team which focuses on security related endpoint development on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

 

The Engine and Content Development team is a central part of CrowdStrike’s mission - “We Stop Breaches."  In ECD, we implement strategies and processes that detect suspicious or malicious behavior. Our goal is to automatically stop the bad guys where possible, and to provide useful visibility and guidance to security analysts when new previously unknown adversary activity occurs. We research attacker behavior to understand their tools and techniques, and we build capabilities to detect and prevent malicious activity. Our detection strategies are often performed directly on the endpoint, but are also executed in cloud and may utilize a hybrid strategy combining aspects of both environments.  This ability to leverage a variety of tools across the CrowdStrike stack allow us to accomplish our detection goals while balancing local resource utilization and false positives for our customers.

 

As a sensor engineer within the ECD team you will be focused on the analysis and development of detections for Windows based attack techniques across supported Windows OS versions. You’ll work collaboratively to implement these detections within the Falcon sensor which is a lightweight kernel-level module that observes system activity, recognizes malicious behavior, provides on-box prevention capability, and sends relevant security related data and telemetry to the Falcon cloud. You’ll help develop creative and resourceful ways to detect Windows specific threats while also helping develop cross platform features that cut across core OS subsystems such as analysis of file system, memory, process, and network telemetry. You’ll get exposure to both user-level and kernel-level coding practices.  You’ll collaborate with multiple teams within engineering, and will be expected to make significant contributions to the design and implementation of major development projects. We're looking for smart people who want to be challenged and take ownership of what they build.

 

You will:

  • Design and build detection logic and systems leveraged across teams within CrowdStrike to detect cyber attackers and stop breaches.
  • Extend our existing codebase and test suites utilizing C++, Python, and other tools as appropriate.
  • Brainstorm, define, and build collaboratively across multiple teams.
  • Build elegant, robust, and reliable solutions for complex technical problems.
  • Obsess about learning, and champion the newest technologies & tricks with others, raising the technical IQ of the team.
  • Deliver and accept feedback with grace and courtesy.
  • Troubleshoot issues within the product when necessary, assisting customer support.
  • Leverage your understanding of engineering best practices, including topics like secure coding, testing paradigms, effective peer code reviews, logging, and resilient architecture patterns, to ensure that our code is clean.
  • Be an energetic ‘self-starter’ with the ability to take ownership and be accountable for deliverables, both individually and when leading a team.

 

Key Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of experience with EITHER one of:
    • Reverse engineering, threat detection, and malware analysis; and an interest in on-device development, or
    • Designing, building, and delivering high-quality software in C/C++ with an interest in security.
  • Low-level OS knowledge of Windows operating system internals, components, APIs, and design.
  • Team player – able to lead, mentor, communicate, collaborate, and work effectively in a globally distributed team.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior security experience, particularly in exploit and vulnerability analysis.
  • Prior experience working with low-level code, such as OS kernel, firmware or device drivers.
  • Low-level OS knowledge and experience with one of more of our supported sensor platforms including Windows, macOS, and Linux.
  • Understanding of kernel-mode and multi-threaded concurrent systems development in any of our supported platforms, with an interest to grow skills in all of them.
  • Prior development or testing experience with python.
  • Prior experience delivering software via agile processes.

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Benefits of Working at CrowdStrike:

  • Market leader in compensation and equity awards
  • Competitive vacation policy
  • Comprehensive health benefits + 401k plan 
  • Paid parental leave, including adoption
  • Flexible work environment
  • Wellness programs
  • Stocked fridges, coffee, soda, and lots of treats

 

We are committed to building an inclusive culture of belonging that not only embraces the diversity of our people but also reflects the diversity of the communities in which we work and the customers we serve. We know that the happiest and highest performing teams include people with diverse perspectives and ways of solving problems so we strive to attract and retain talent from all backgrounds and create workplaces where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work.

 

CrowdStrike is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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Technology we use

  • Sales & Marketing
    • SalesforceCRM

Location

Fantastic downtown location walking distance to awesome restaurants and happy hour spots.

An Insider's view of CrowdStrike

What's something quirky about your company?

Our mascot is a falcon so the SDR team puts falcon in front of activities - for example when we do team stretches when everyone needs to get up from their chair and take a break we call it Falcon Stretch

Jessica

SDR Manager

What does your typical day look like?

A corporate account executive is essentially a relationship manager between any organization that we're working with and CrowdStrike. We're strategic and we really dig into the current security environment of a company. Finding out what their pain points are, finding out what their goals are and then we consultatively position a solution for their

Theo

Corporate Account Executive

How does the company support your career growth?

I started off as an intern and then joined CrowdStrike as an SDR. I was quickly promoted to an SDR team lead and now I'm looking at my next possibilities. I have friends that work in other companies and their trajectory in their first entry level job can take 2-3 years. At CrowdStrike, if you prove yourself, you're fast tracked to the next role.

Marit

SDR Team Lead

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

My leadership style is to be supportive and a little bit experimental. We don't try to cookie cut our reps. We want everyone to find out what they are good at and then coach to those strengths, cover the weaknesses and help everyone find their own way to be successful.

Jack

Director Corporate Sales, East

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

There is real cohesion and teamwork here. We're all in this open setting sharing what is working for us in real time. So I would say it's very much a team and we have a tribal knowledge atmosphere. We all help each other succeed.

Pasquale

Corporate Account Executive

What are CrowdStrike Perks + Benefits

CrowdStrike Benefits Overview

We offer flex schedules, a comprehensive benefits package, health and wellness programs, fully stocked company pantry, company and team events, and commuter benefits. We also offer our people the chance to work on passion projects and innovation during our annual “Think Week” as well as peer recognition and reward programs like Team Bravo award for cross-functional collaboration and Hero award for those who embody our core values and live our culture.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
CrowdStrike supports employees in charitable efforts and community service for charities and causes important to the local team.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Competitive 401(k) plan.
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
RSU's are available as part of employee compensation.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
CrowdStrike provides 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caregiver and 8 weeks leave for the secondary care giver.
Flexible Work Schedule
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
We sponsor company-wide bring your child to work days as well as company events where family is encouraged to attend.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
We offer pre-tax commuter benefits.
Company Outings
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong.
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted At team's discretion.
Parking
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning