Security Intelligence Technical Investigator

Main Location
Palo Alto, CA, United States
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We are looking for a motivated, professional, and focused cyber-ninja to help protect Tesla’s intellectual property and competitive advantage. We need someone with the creativity, initiative, and curiosity to protect against threats and mitigate vulnerabilities at the most exciting company on the planet.

Tesla is a leading player in electric vehicles, autonomous driving development, energy storage, solar power, machine learning, and connected cars. Our edge is our industry- leading knowledge and the amazing people who develop these

technologies. Protecting those efforts is of the utmost importance in keeping Tesla working toward our goal of accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

The Security Intelligence team is responsible for protecting Tesla’s intellectual property, responding to threats, and helping to promote the culture of security at Tesla. As a Security Intelligence Technical Investigator, you will be responsible for responding to security incidents, collecting information in a litigation-ready manner, and helping to push forward initiatives that improve Tesla’s overall security posture. You will work with teams across Tesla to identify sensitive information, help to protect it, and train employees how to better safeguard their cutting edge work.


  • Spearhead technical efforts to increase network signal related to user activity and data access, under the direction of the Manager, Security Intelligence
  • Build tools to pick up where commercial solutions leave off, customized for Tesla’s networks, assets, and challenges
  • Work with Information Security, Information Technology, and Compliance to champion projects to increase visibility, access control, and accountability across the organization
  • Conduct highly sensitive, complex, and confidential insider threat investigations into incidents of data loss and intellectual property theft, technology misuse, and conflict of interest
  • Implement proactive efforts to identify, exploit, disrupt, or protect against any undermining of Tesla’s business operations
  • Solve complex problems with data from multiple sources and make recommendations to leadership on the appropriate strategy
  • In support of the Technical Investigations lab as needed, conduct sound forensic examinations of electronic devices in the furtherance of investigations and company legal requests
  • Work closely with Security Intelligence investigators to integrate technical and human investigations into one high efficiency function
  • Work closely with Security Intelligence analysts to identify security threats and address gaps in information
  • Produce professional reports suitable for dissemination to senior leadership, legal counsel, and outside law enforcement detailing investigative and operational results
  • Partner with Legal and Human Resources and other investigative/analysis functions across the company to ensure timely completion of investigations
  • Advise the company on the findings of investigations and liaise with law enforcement as necessary


  • Bachelor's degree required
  • 3+ years’ experience working in incident response, network investigations, tool development, and/or other IT related fields tied to information security
  • Working knowledge of the following systems:- Endpoint protection systems- Database formats (SQL, SQLite, AGC, ODB, etc)- Memory Analysis- System logs from servers and network devices- DHCP, AD, 802.1x, NAT, Web Proxy, and VPN logs - Passive DNS- SIEM/Log Management systems (Splunk preferred) - Encase/Blacklight/Axiom/UFED or similar- Scripting (Bash/Powershell/Python or similar)
  • Experience investigating complex technical security incidents, highly sensitive employee matters, and insider threat assessment and management is required
  • Independently leverage technical tools and techniques to conduct and support Security Intelligence investigations
  • Working knowledge of object-oriented programming in order to customize open- source scripts and troubleshoot community tools
  • Experience in analyzing complex data sets to detect patterns and anomalies
  • Quickly learn and implement new technologies to further organizational goals
  • Experience in conducting and overseeing complex, global, investigations is preferred
  • Demonstrated knowledge of corporate investigation strategies utilizing technical forensic capabilities and data
  • Demonstrated experience of regular communication at executive level within a global corporate environment
  • Proven track record managing multiple complex projects simultaneously, and focusing on critical priorities with little or no supervision
  • Approximately 10-30% global travel required
  • Knowledge of E-Discovery and chain of custody best practices and techniques

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Security Intelligence Technical Investigator