Interesting Data Gigs # 23: Get a job inside the CyberSecurity industry and skyrocket your career - Part II
Let's talk about a very interesting role at Mandiant
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Hello Data Geek.
In the first article of this series, I explained why a role inside the CyberSecurity industry could be the rocketship that you will need to revamp your career to the stratosphere.
In that article, I shared some interesting stats numbers about the future of the industry and shared some fascinating open roles at Palo Alto Networks.
Now, a promise is a promise. In the last issue, I shared that I wanted to dedicate a whole article to Mandiant.
Why? Two main reasons:
Because it’s an incredible organization
and as part of Google Cloud, they will grow even faster
Let me expand on the fact that they are part of Alphabet.
Side note here:
If you visit this link, you can find this gem:
Contact: https://g.co/vulnzContact: mailto:[email protected]: https://services.google.com/corporate/publickey.txtAcknowledgements: https://bughunters.google.com/Policy: https://g.co/vrpHiring: https://g.co/SecurityPrivacyEngJobs
That’s a very cool way to keep you informed about the last Google Security-focused roles.
But let’s concentrate on Mandiant today.
First things first: What is Mandiant?
I love the way they call themselves:
In simple terms:
It’s a company helping other companies to protect their IP from bad actors, using a dynamic cyber defense approach with a combination of services and products delivered by amazing professionals with deep expertise in the security space.
Their blog is a live probe of that statement.
About this acquisition, Thomas Kurian, the CEO of Google Cloud shared:
I completely agree with Kurian on this. With Google’s scale and Madiant’s security expertise is a marriage in heaven.
This could be the spearhead that Google Cloud needs to grab more market share in the Cloud business.
The last report from Mandiant called “Global Perspectives on Threat Intelligence" has shared some light on it.
These are some of the interesting statistics from the report:
What do these findings tell you?
That more organizations every single day are looking for new ways to protect themselves from all these malicious actors, and Mandiant and Google are very well positioned to offer a great security service here.
That’s why I firmly believe that joining Mandiant could be a very good career move today.
Let’s talk about the role now: Data Engineer at Mandiant
Unfortunately, the role I wanted to write about, expired. But you can read at least the description here.
This position was posted by Roman Treydin (a Recruiter Lead EMEA at Google/Mandiant). So, perhaps a good approach could be to ask Roman about it.
Let’s dissect the role piece by piece:
A key piece of information here? The name of the team you could work with: Information Operations (IO) intelligence analysis team
The common denominator here? You could work with a trove of data in this role.
Another key piece of information here is inside the Desired Skills section, they put a lot of emphasis on Streaming Data Analytics and Graph Databases.
Why this matters? Because in CyberSecurity, the ability to respond faster is the biggest sale point here. So: if you can analyze the data, and give immediate insights to the customers about how to proceed here, it’s key here.
Let’s discuss two ideas on how to approach this job application (THE REAL MEAT)
Idea # 1: Study and learn how to work effectively with Google Dataflow, the Managed Product for Apache Beam on Google Cloud and other streaming analytics platforms like Apache NiFi & Apache Flink
Google Dataflow is the perfect product to work on this at Mandiant. It provides a simple and effective managed solution to analyze millions of records in record time.
So, if you learn how to use it properly in a streaming processing setting, you could do a great job here.
There are countless of code examples how to use Google Dataflow, but I will share here some of my favorite ones:
Dataflow DLP Hashpipeline: a PoC Dataflow pipeline that will run for every new file in a specified GCS bucket and determine how many (if any) SSNs are found, triggering a Pubsub Topic. The known SSNs will be stored in Firestore, a highly scalable key-value store, only after being hashed with a salt and key, which is stored in Secret Manager. This is what the architecture will look like when we're done.
Dataflow Production Ready - Reference implementation for best practices around Beam, pipeline structuring, testing, and continuous deployment.
And another resource I always recommend when you have to work with Apache Beam is the amazing book from Jan Lukavský called “Building Big Data Pipelines with Apache Beam: Use a single programming model for both batch and stream data processing”
Apache Flink is another interesting platform for Streaming Analytics.
And to keep you updated on all this, my top recommendation is to follow all the content produced by Tim Spann ( a developer advocate at StreamNative), especially his weekly newsletter on Medium called FLiP Stack Weekly.
Idea # 2: Chat with people inside Mandiant (not only Data Engineers and Data Analytics people) and ask which could be a good approach to get a role there
Remember: a referral is the most powerful way to get a role these days, especially in big companies like Google, Meta, Amazon, Microsoft, and more.
A good approach here could be to chat with current employees from Mandiant and invite them to a “virtual coffee”; always sharing with them that you are interested in a Data Engineering role there.
It doesn’t have to be with Data Engineers only. A more diverse approach here could be helpful because you could get inputs from a different perspective of the company.
Take notes from their inputs, and make a plan for the next 30, 60, and 90 days as you have already worked with them, and share it for free with them.
Yes: for free.
A good detailed and well-researched plan. This will prove two things:
You are actually committed and interested in the role
You are showing initiative and drive for the role
You are “already thinking and acting” as a Mandiant employee even when you are not full-time yet
This proves as well you listened carefully in the conversation you took with your insiders of the company
Some contacts to ask for a chat:
Good luck with your job application, my friend.
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