Google wants to hire a policeman to monitor for new threats against its interests, following concerns that the company's search services are now regularly being manipulated.

According to the advert on the company’s website the "investigator/threat analyst will be responsible for investigating deviations from company policies or acts against Google as well as collection and analysis of information helping define and assess threats to Google’s operations and assets.”

If this sounds bureaucratic, the job description makes clear that this will be a senior role, working with the company’s Director of Corporate Safety & Security. The good cop will be expected to develop “protocols and practices to assess and mitigate threats to company assets, and to manage crises.”

In addition, the individual will be expected to keep other Google executives informed of threat intelligence, keep an eye on internal violations by Google employees, and forge relationships with law enforcement, intelligence and counter-criminal agencies worldwide.

Candidates will have to have at least 10 years experience of the area, with at least three to five years as an investigator in the security field.

Reading between the lines of the HR-speak, the job sounds internally-focused. But the role is unusual in asking for external as well as internal monitoring of threats and policy breaches, a tall order given the scale of the problem – managing the former should now be a full-time job on its own.

In recent months the company has had to purge its search indexes of thousands of malware-serving websites, even as researchers find new ways for such malevolence to hide in its search system.

One of the best ways for a company to advertise any senior IT job is to get news sources to write about its existence – Google has succeeded on that score because this is a security job, an indication of how much the balance of management is changing.

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