Security Researcher - Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps
Tel Aviv | Security Engineering | Jun 10, 2024 | Job number 1681636

Security represents the most critical priorities for our customers in a world awash in digital threats, regulatory scrutiny, and estate complexity. Microsoft Security aspires to make the world a safer place for all. We want to reshape security and empower every user, customer, and developer with a security cloud that protects them with end to end, simplified solutions. The Microsoft Security organization accelerates Microsoft’s mission and bold ambitions to ensure that our company and industry is securing digital technology platforms, devices, and clouds in our customers’ heterogeneous environments, as well as ensuring the security of our own internal estate. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world.

Cloud Apps and Identity Research team is covering multiple SaaS based threat scenarios including Cloud Based Ransomware, Email and Files extortion, Business Email Compromise and related Nation State activity.

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.


  • Perform financial motivated attacker tradecraft research and threat landscape investigation across cloud-based attacks spanning permissions, identities, applications, and data.
  • Partner with engineers and data scientists in a geographically distributed team to deliver innovative new product capabilities.
  • Threat hunting to discover real world advanced attacks together with designing and implementing automated detection and hunting analytics combining alerts and signals across Microsoft Defender security products.
  • Contribute to active engagement with the security ecosystem through papers, presentations, and blogs.
  • Provide subject matter expertise to customers based on industry attack trends and product capabilities.



  • You have at least 5+ years of experience in cyber security with a background in the modern attacker kill-chain, MITRE ATT&CK, and emerging enterprise threats including attacks against SaaS Apps (Sharepoint, Exchange, Entra ID), Oauth Apps, Enterprise Apps.
  • You have BS or equivalent experience in computer science, engineering, or information technology.
  • You have understand and deep knowledge of few commonly used attack tools and frameworks used by Redteam Proficient in at least one programming language such as Python, C#, or C++.
  • You have excellent cross-group and interpersonal skills, with the ability to articulate the business need for product improvements and a desire to engage directly with customers. Experience working with and manipulating large data sets (i.e. billions of events per day).


Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings: Microsoft Cloud Background Check:
- This position will be required to pass the Microsoft background and Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Offensive security research experience for cloud-based attacks. Industry recognized author of security research papers, blogs, presentations, or books. SOC or blue team experience involving the hunting and discovery of adversaries in enterprise environments.

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