Principal Security Research Manager
Multiple Locations | Software Engineering | Jun 05, 2024 | Job number 1722888

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.


Devices, Email, Identify, Web, and the Cloud are integral parts of our everyday lives. They are essential for most things we do but are also the primary ways cybercriminals exploit victims and infiltrate organizations. Do you want to join a team dedicated to protecting billions of people from these threats? At Microsoft Security, our mission is to make the world a safer place for all. As a member of the Microsoft Threat Protection Research team, you’ll be joining a diverse global community of engineers, data scientists, security researchers, threat hunters, and program managers. We cultivate extensive knowledge of attacker tactics and leverage cutting-edge technology to combat them effectively.


We are looking for a Principal Security Research Manager to lead a team dedicated to detecting attacks against Identity and Cloud Apps. The team is directly accountable for the security effectiveness of Microsoft Defender for Identify and Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps  and building the next Identity Detection and Response solution for Microsoft Security. This person should have a deep understanding of what it means to run a large-scale, operational organization supporting millions of customers, and the accountability that comes with it. This team balances the fast-paced demand of on-call responsibilities and constant adjustment to adversaries with product innovation, team career growth, and work life balance. A successful leader in this role balances these competing demands while fostering cross-organizational collaboration to build and deliver on the strategic vision for protecting user identities and cloud apps that have access to critical company resources. Are you up for this challenge? 


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.


Embody our Culture and Values




People Management 

  • Model Microsoft values and actively drive team culture improvements. 
  • Connect business objectives with the right talent on the team. Help the team set clear goals and adapt when the business or environmental factors change course. 
  • Attract and retain great people; Know each individual’s capabilities and aspirations and invest in their growth. 

Strategy and Innovation 

  • Develop the strategic vision for how we leverage all the tools at our disposal (including the latest developments in AI) to improve product effectiveness to meet business goals and influence product and business group decisions. 
  • Cultivate relationships between yourself and your team across the organization to champion the adoption of innovative solutions that deliver business impact. 

Operational Excellence 

  • Help team align work with business goals, document team plans, experimentation results, work in progress and completed. 
  • Ensure team members are ready for on-call rotation. 
  • Hold team accountable for quality monitoring, root cause analysis, and implementation of fixes, process or documentation improvements based on learnings. 

Other Requirements:

  • 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: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud background check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.




Required Qualifications:

  • 8+ years experience in Threat Protection and Security Research
  • 3+ years people management experience.
  • 5+ years combined experience in security research or data science – foundational knowledge of both data science and working in an adversarial space.
  • Experience translating complex business problems into prioritized, results-driven team objectiveswith ability to drive strategy alignment and impact through collaborative work across organizational boundaries, positively influence organizational culture and attract and retain great people. 





Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances.  We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.


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