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Competitive Intelligence Analyst

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Santa Clara, CA US
Other Location(s):
Texas, Plano;
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Job Category:
Product Development / Engineering
Job Description

The McAfee Competitive Intelligence (CI) Analyst for endpoint security is a technologist who works as part the Product and Solution Marketing team – responsible for providing technical competitive analysis for strategic planning as well as competitive positioning.  In this role, you will be responsible for conducting detailed technical analysis of top McAfee competitors, specifically focusing on core desktop anti-malware solutions for the enterprise.  This includes installing, configuring, and testing competitor equipment and/or software, documenting results, and disseminating the information in multiple formats.  You will be working closely with a cross-functional team comprising of Product Management, Engineering, Sales, Business Development, and Marketing.


  • Act as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) for all endpoint security CI questions and inquires
  • Responsible for all technical aspects of competitive analysis for a given product line, including:
    • Purchasing, installing, configuring, and maintaining competitor products as well as McAfee products
    • Disseminating technical findings while maintaining complete objectivity
    • Evaluating vendors and their corporate positioning
    • Collaborating with marketing to develop sales-focused competitive collateral
    • Synthesizing data and identifying implications of competitive influences on McAfee products
  • Use a variety of security assessment tools such as Nessus, Spirent, Metasploit, and BreakingPoint
  • Assist with, and participate in, product launches, product demonstrations, partner/customer conferences, and strategic planning sessions
  • Approximately 10% travel


    Minimum Qualifications:
    • BS / BA in a computer-related field (i.e., computer science, IT) or equivalent work experience
    • 3+ years of experience working in the information security industry in a technical capacity
    • Experience configuring and installing Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS, and FreeBSD
    • Proficiency with virtualized server infrastructures for managing test environments
    • Strong technical knowledge with a genuine curiosity to learn new technologies
    • Self-starter with a team-oriented work style
    • Ability to manage, prioritize, and multi-task in a fast-paced environment with minimal supervision
    • Outstanding written and verbal presentation skills with proven ability to effectively present to a wide variety of audiences
    • Proficient with Microsoft Office tools

    Preferred Skills / Experience:
    • Hands-on experience installing and/or maintaining server and desktop anti-malware solutions
    • Experience with computer networking, TCP/IP stack, and a variety of protocols (i.e., HTTP, SMTP)
    • CISSP or other industry certifications
    • Experience analyzing competitors and/or competitive intelligence certifications (i.e., CIP)

    Other Locations

    Texas, Plano;

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