Senior Security Engineer - Hardware

2 months agoHerndon, VA


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.

We are looking for a technically deep Senior Security Engineer to help secure our foundational platforms with an emphasis on 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 (penetration testing).

You should 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 securing hardware, you will literally shape the future of cloud computing.

A Senior Security Engineer at Amazon is expected to be strong in multiple domains and provide significant contributions to the AWS 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.

A Senior Security Engineer 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 Emerging Technologies Security Engineering group'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.

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 we 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 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust

• 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


* BSc in Computer Science, Information Security, or related field, or equivalent work experience
4+ years of working experience with hardware security assessments including:
-- At least 1 year experience in security testing of compute platforms (Server, PC or Mobile)
-- At least 1 year experience in physical security testing at the machine level
-- At least 1 year experience working with diverse physical tamper resistance and/or tamper detection techniques


* Meets/exceeds Amazon's leadership principles requirements for this role
Meets/exceeds Amazon's functional/technical depth and complexity for this role
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to drive toward consensus
Experience in BIOS/UEFI security
Experience in security of PCIe devices
Experience extracting and reverse engineering firmwares

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