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Staff Threat Intel Researcher (Customer Identity)



Customer Service
United States
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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Okta is The World’s Identity Company. We free everyone to safely use any technology—anywhere, on any device or app. Our Workforce and Customer Identity Clouds enable secure yet flexible access, authentication, and automation that transforms how people move through the digital world, putting Identity at the heart of business security and growth. 

At Okta, we celebrate a variety of perspectives and experiences. We are not looking for someone who checks every single box - we’re looking for lifelong learners and people who can make us better with their unique experiences. 

Join our team! We’re building a world where Identity belongs to you.

Job Overview

We are seeking a highly motivated Identity Security Intelligence Researcher to join our team. You will identify, analyze and track emerging identity-related cyber threats and develop strategies to mitigate those threats. Successful candidates will be responsible for conducting in-depth research on various identity-related cyber threats, assessing their potential impact, and providing actionable intelligence to help protect against those threats. You will collaborate with members from our Identity Security teams to develop and implement threat detection, replication and prevention strategies.


  • Conduct research on identity-related attacks, like credential stuffing, MFA bypass and fraudulent account sign up.

  • Study emerging attacks against passwordless authentication technologies.

  • Analyze and evaluate identity-related cyber threats to determine potential impact and develop strategies to replicate, simulate and mitigate those threats.

  • Collaborate with other members of our cybersecurity team to develop and implement threat detection and prevention strategies, including threat hunting and incident response.

  • Write SQL queries to collect and analyze data from various sources.

  • Write scripts and tests to make your research reproducible.

  • Develop programs to automate data collection, extraction and analysis.

  • Examine log traffic and find malicious activity.

  • Present your work in the form of internal and external presentations, white papers and blog posts.

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest identity security research literature and technologies and proactively identify new threats and vulnerabilities.


  • Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline or relevant experience.

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in cybersecurity, preferably in the identity security domain.

  • Proficient understanding of identity security principles, threat intelligence and threat hunting.

  • Ability to write database queries and develop programs to automate data collection and analysis.

  • Competency in shell scripting, containers and Linux internals. Ability to program in Python is a big plus.

  • Familiarity with version control and related tooling like git and GitHub Actions.




Below is the annual base salary range for candidates located in California, Colorado, New York and Washington. Your actual base salary will depend on factors such as your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Okta offers equity (where applicable), bonus, and benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), flexible spending account, and paid leave (including PTO and parental leave) in accordance with our applicable plans and policies. To learn more about our Total Rewards program please visit: https://rewards.okta.com/us.   

The annual base salary range for this position for candidates located in California (excluding San Francisco Bay Area), Colorado, New York, and Washington is between:$158,000$221,000 USD The annual base salary range for this position for candidates located in the San Francisco Bay area is between: $175,000$245,000 USD

What you can look forward to as an Okta employee!

Okta cultivates a dynamic work environment, providing the best tools, technology and benefits to empower our employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs. Each organization is unique in the degree of flexibility and mobility in which they work so that all employees are enabled to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, regardless of where they live. Find your place at Okta today! https://www.okta.com/company/careers/.

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and convictions records, consistent with applicable laws. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please use this Form to request an accommodation.

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