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FTR Senior Threat Researcher (Forward Looking Threat Research) [Web3 Focus]

Published 2023-04-13

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This is a global role and therefore can be based anywhere!

Trend Micro’s Forward Looking Threat Research team (FTR) is a global team of Senior Researchers tasked with scouting the likely future risks in security by researching what:

  • Cybercriminals are working on today (Underground and Deepweb, Targeted Attacks / APT and Malware research)

  • How the users / victims are using the web (Social Networks, New emerging services, etc)

  • What technologies are available now and in the future (, Web3 / Metaverse, Spread of Mobile OS, Blockchain) 

  • This FTR researcher role will be responsible for focusing on the threats that will affect emerging Web3 technologies, in particular on Blockchain based attacks on Smart Contracts, DeFi and the upcoming systems that will be built on top of them. They will also be expected to look into higher layers of the emerging Web such as Metaverse security concerns.

    This role will not be purely focused on the technologies involved, but also combine this by looking at real world attacks that we would expect to see coming from financially motivated criminals and espionage focused targeted attacks / APT in this new web paradigm. The ideal candidate will both have a good understanding of todays cybercrime threat landscape, but also a passion for the underlying technologies of Web3 – and be able to develop research on where we expect new user behavior, technology and criminal business models to evolve to in the period of 1-3 years

    The FTR researcher is also responsible for researching local matters – such as unique user behaviors, crimes or emerging technologies in certain countries. They will be expected to interface with government agencies, law enforcement, ISPs, CERTs, universities and other research groups for research, disclosure, and knowledge sharing.

    This position requires the researcher to represent Trend Micro in external conferences, either as an attendee or as a speaker.

    As the team is globally distributed the successful candidate must be willing to travel for global meetings and conferences.

    Some of FTR externally published work can be found at:

    Desired Experiences & Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Higher strongly preferred, or strong self taught and proven skillset.

  • In-depth knowledge in Blockchain Technologies and tools for security analysis in this space

  • Good knowledge in DeFi security, product landscape and current attacks

  • Good knowledge in Smart Contract Security and current attacks (especially Ethereum)

  • Hands on experience in smart contract vulnerability exploitation

  • Familiar with on the ongoing discussions on Web3 / Metaverse

  • Good knowledge of the current Threat Landscape

  • Proven Research oriented mindset

  • General Programming ability (, Rust, Go, Bash)

  • Fast learner

  • Able to work in a multi-cultural group

  • Self-motivated and able to work unsupervised

  • Very good communication skills

  • Must be fluent in English, both spoken and written

  • At Trend Micro, we embrace change, empower people, and encourage innovation in a connected world. Our diversity and multicultural workforce are key contributing factors to our success across the globe. We like to have fun while taking our culture seriously. We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to this regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, nationality, age, citizenship, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity or veteran status. We do not allow discrimination or harassment of any kind.