Security Engineer - Hardware, Firmware, Virtualization, Kernel

5 days agoAustin, TX


This role is open to alternative locations including: New York, NY Boston, MA Seattle, WA - Vancouver, BC Canada - Herndon, VA Arlington, VA Baltimore, MD San Luis Obispo, CA San Diego, CA.

Help us protect not only the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing environment but all of our customers as well! Since 2006, our great team at AWS has been enabling our customers to bring great ideas to life in ways that aren't possible in traditional IT environments. With AWS you can flexibly harness compute, storage, security, and other services from across the globe as your business demands them.

AWS Security is on the cutting edge of many security issues for a wide variety of platforms and technologies including cloud services, Internet of things (IoT), identity and access management, mobile devices, virtualization and custom hardware, all operating at massive scale. Similarly, our highly collaborative team is committed to each team member's growth as our business grows.

As a part of the Secure Hardware and Foundational Technologies group, we help AWS launch brand new products and invest in emerging technologies securely. We are looking for a technically deep Senior Security Engineer to help secure our foundational platforms such as OS kernels, virtualization, device emulation, firmware and hardware. You will be responsible for conducting security reviews, threat modeling, developing tooling that will help detect security issues at scale and hands-on security evaluations (pen-testing).

The successful candidate must be comfortable diving into complex engineering discussions, and leveraging deep security expertise to ensure proper risk assessment and threat analysis is performed. You will provide crystal-clear technical direction and risk mitigation guidance for diverse engineering and business leaders at all levels.

By applying your hard-earned years of practical security engineering expertise in projects related to enterprise networking, hardware-rooted security, operating system hardening, and cloud-scale administrative infrastructure, you will literally shape the future of cloud computing.

You are expected to be strong in multiple domains and provide significant contributions to the IT Security team and to multiple groups throughout Amazon. Security engineers are expected to develop elegant solutions to complex business problems and apply appropriate technologies while following security engineering best practices. You are also expected to mentor more junior engineers and be a security thought leader for the organization.

You should foster constructive dialogue and seek resolution when confronted with discordant views. Engineers in this role are expected to participate fully in the planning of the IT Security team's work and constantly seek opportunities for process improvement. They should also have a deep understanding of at least one specialty for which they are a sought out resource (both within AWS Security and by groups throughout Amazon), while having an understanding of the application of information security in a broad range of technical areas.

You will need a combination of troubleshooting, technical, and communication skills, as well as the ability to handle a mix of disparate tasks which may include project and software development work. This role will provide career growth opportunities as you gain new security skills in the course of your duties.

• Security reviews for hardware including servers and devices
• Penetration testing & vulnerability research
• Threat modeling
• Security training and outreach to internal development teams
• Security guidance documentation
• Assistance with recruiting activities

Inclusive Team Culture
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon's culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Work/Life Balance
Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn't about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it's about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth
Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we're building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded professional and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.


* BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
Minimum of 5 years of experience in Security Engineering or Development of Security capabilities, supporting engineering projects from concept to delivery, and 2 years in two or more of the following technical categories:)
-- Virtualization security (Xen, KVM, QEMU)
-- Hardware security (PCB, JTAG, UART, SPI, ROM, microcode, custom ASIC/FPGA)
-- x86 and/or ARM chipset and firmware security (TPM, UEFI, TrustZone, Secure Boot, JTAG, PCIe)
-- Physical security testing at the machine level
-- Security testing of compute platforms (Server, PC or Mobile)
-- Working with diverse physical tamper resistance and/or tamper detection techniques


* MS in Computer Science, Information Security, or related field, or equivalent work experience
Demonstrated ability to prepare technical specifications and executive-ready communications
Demonstrated understanding of crypto basics (encryption, signing, certificates, common algorithms)
Experience using AWS core services (EC2, S3, IAM, Kinesis, Lambda, KMS, VPC, etc)
Experience designing for relevant security standards (TCG, IEEE, NIST, FIPS, PCI, ISO 28000 series)
Experience designing for crypto security (e.g. certificate handling and PKI, attestation, TPM/HSM)
Experience leading enterprise security risk management and operational business continuity programs
Expert knowledge of Windows, Linux, and hypervisor security (especially in cloud environments)
Expert knowledge of common security-relevant protocols (e.g. SSH, TLS, DNS, DHCP, NTP, ICMP)
Spectacular track record of complex project delivery, effective organization, and executive maturity

  • Meets/exceeds Amazon's leadership principles requirements for this role
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon's functional/technical depth and complexity for this role
Please contact Mittal Panchal ( for more information.

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Client-provided location(s): Austin, TX, USA
Job ID: Amazon-1434789

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