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Title: AVP, Cyber Threat Defense Engineering

Location: Cary, NC
Reports to: 
VP, Cyber Security
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The Team You Will Join

This role reports into the Cybersecurity team within Global Security. The team is responsible for preparing for, detecting and responding to cyber threats against MetLife. The team manages both offensive and defensive cybersecurity tools and technology and operates 24x7x365 globally. The team works closely with other teams both in Global Security and Global Technology to ensure MetLife networks and systems are built and maintained in defensible manner.

The Opportunity

The AVP of Cyber Threat Defense Engineering will serve as the senior leader for multiple teams of engineers, architects and analysts responsible for MetLife’s global cyber threat defense infrastructure. The AVP has technology ownership and senior leadership responsibilities and should have both deep domain expertise and a strong management track record.  The leader of this team is responsible for attracting and retaining top tier cyber talent and overseeing the selection, design, deployment and support of the cyber threat defense technology stack. The AVP of Cyber Threat Defense Infrastructure Engineering is expected to collaborate deeply with other senior leaders and stakeholders to align the threat defense technology strategy with the overall security and IT infrastructure programs.

How You’ll Help Us Build a Confident Future (Key Responsibilities)

  • Manage and grow teams responsible for designing, building and maintaining core cyber threat defense platforms including EDR/EPP, NDR, XDR, IDTR, Web Proxy/SASE, SIEM/UEBA, SOAR and other custom platforms
  • Collaborate with other security leaders to develop and implement robust and resilient threat defense capabilities, tooling and processes
  • Keep abreast of emerging trends, threats and countermeasures and provide strategic guidance on technology selection, investment, and budgeting
  • Drive continuous improvement and maximize ROI across threat defense infrastructure thru adoption of cutting-edge features, integration, and automation and where necessary convergence, decommissioning and divestment
  • Develop and implement security engineering & support best practices, methodologies, and processes
  • Provide the people and technical leadership necessary to deploy both commercial security products & services and manage internal custom development (DevOps) initiatives
  • Monitor and report on the performance, availability, reliability, and scalability of threat defense systems
  • Manage key vendor relationships

What You Need to Succeed (Required Qualifications)

  • 8+ years of people leadership experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or equivalent
  • Advanced security certifications including CISSP/CISM and SANS GCIA/GCIH
  • 12 + years of increasing responsibility in cybersecurity with experience in security monitoring and operations technologies and processes, and security metrics and analytics reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to lead people in a global financial services enterprise required
  • Specialized in architecting, building and maintaining EDR, SIEM, SOAR and other cyber threat defense platforms
  • Expert understanding of the cyber-attack lifecycle/kill chain, cybersecurity frameworks, threat defense & incident response principles, and process methodologies
  • Strong financial and budget management skills
  • Ability to write a solid business case and champion new initiatives
  • Ability to lead thru influence, bring people together and effectively resolve conflicts

The wage range for applicants for this position is $157,800 to $210,400. This role is also eligible for annual short-term incentive compensation and stock-based long-term incentives. MetLife offers a comprehensive benefits program, including healthcare benefits, life insurance, retirement benefits, parental leave, legal plan services and paid time off. All incentives and benefits are subject to the applicable plan terms.

Benefits We Offer

Our U.S. benefits address holistic well-being with programs for physical and mental health, financial wellness, and support for families. We offer a comprehensive health plan that includes medical/prescription drug and vision, dental insurance, and no-cost short- and long-term disability. We also provide company-paid life insurance and legal services, a retirement pension funded entirely by MetLife and 401(k) with employer matching, group discounts on voluntary insurance products including auto and home, pet, critical illness, hospital indemnity, and accident insurance, as well as Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and digital mental health programs, parental leave, volunteer time off, tuition assistance and much more!
About MetLife

Recognized on Fortune magazine's list of the 2023 "World's Most Admired Companies" as well as the 2023 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For ®, MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies; providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to individual and institutional customers. With operations in more than 40 markets, we hold leading positions in the United States, Latin America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Our purpose is simple - to help our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world at large create a more confident future. United by purpose and guided by empathy, we’re inspired to transform the next century in financial services. At MetLife, it’s #AllTogetherPossible. Join us!
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