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Data Defense Developer - USDS

New York, NY


About TikTok U.S. Data Security
TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. U.S. Data Security ("USDS") is a subsidiary of TikTok in the U.S. This new, security-first division was created to bring heightened focus and governance to our data protection policies and content assurance protocols to keep U.S. users safe. Our focus is on providing oversight and protection of the TikTok platform and U.S. user data, so millions of Americans can continue turning to TikTok to learn something new, earn a living, express themselves creatively, or be entertained. The teams within USDS that deliver on this commitment daily span across Trust & Safety, Security & Privacy, Engineering, User & Product Ops, Corporate Functions and more.

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Why Join Us
Creation is the core of TikTok's purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible.
Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy - a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day.
To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always.
At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That's how we drive impact - for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve.
Join us.

You will be a part of the Data Defense team responsible for Enterprise Data Defense and Access Assurance Operations. The Data Defense and Access Assurance team's primary focus is TikTok's data protection operations across servers, endpoints, and the cloud. As the Data Defense Developer, you will be a part of a team of cross-functional cyber, privacy, engineering, and data protection analysts to design, develop, implement, and execute tools and processes to enforce data protection controls in accordance with relevant geographical regulations, contractual commitments, and confidentiality requirements.

The candidate must be skilled in conducting technical analysis of data, security, and business problems, as well as threats, incidents, investigations, workforce protection, and other general security-related issues. The candidate must also have the ability to communicate well, motivate and lead cross-functional and individual contributor teams independently, participate in coordinating response and defensive actions over a variety of security disciplines, and disseminate security information as appropriate in support of TikTok's critical business, go to market, and operational infrastructure needs. The candidate will develop, select, and motivate highly effective employees to execute TikTok's business model.

In order to enhance collaboration and cross-functional partnerships, among other things, at this time, our organization follows a hybrid work schedule that requires employees to work in the office 3 days a week, or as directed by their manager/department. We regularly review our hybrid work model, and the specific requirements may change at any time.

- Design, develop, and execute scripts to scan for sensitive data, verify data security and protect sensitive data-at-rest, in-motion, and in-transit
- Implement automation of iterative processes end-to-end across tools and platforms into scalable, reusable, and configurable frameworks and methodologies
- Build, manage, and maintain data protection technologies to better identify and protect sensitive data
- Guide the development and selection of data protection technologies to meet architecture and security requirements
- Apply appropriate security measures, controls, and protections in the design and selection of data defense tools and technologies
- Design, implement and operate technical security programs (people, process, and technology) to mitigate security threats and risks that may impact business data through a holistic global program-oriented approach
- Design and implement technical security standards covering data protection standards (such as data disposition and encryption) for systems involved in processing sensitive data
- Gather and understand data protection requirements across the regions TikTok operates in and ensure that technical controls satisfy requirements
- Interact with users to define system requirements and/or necessary modifications to new or existing software in support of data security requirements
- Support interactions and develop relationships with Engineering teams to understand system architecture and technical requirements


Knowledge and Skills:
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
- Ability to quickly understand and adapt to new technologies with limited guides and resources
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), ability to influence without authority and communicate technical concepts to a broad range of technical and non-technical staff
- Works well under pressure within time/budget constraints to solve problems, adjust quickly to shifting priorities, and make decisions with limited information and the ability to balance risks in ambiguous and complex situations
- Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration skills, in particular in leading or contributing to global and cross-functional teams
- Highly motivated to contribute and grow within a complex area of emerging importance
- Strong understanding of:
- Data security tools, processes, and procedures
- Data lifecycle and protection of data throughout
- Configuration and maintenance of data protection tools
- System architecture and technical requirements for deployment of data protection tools
- Security requirements and standards for systems and applications

Minimum Qualifications:
- Bachelor's Degree or industry equivalent work experience in cybersecurity, international security architecture, computer science, and/or software engineering in a converged security program
- 4+ years of applicable experience
- Expert in script development and automation using one or more programming languages (e.g., Python, Go, Java) and APIs
- Strong understanding of relational and non-relational databases (e.g., Graph, Redis, Mongo, Hive, Hadoop/HDFS, and other Big Data technologies)
- High degree of integrity and trustworthiness and the ability to lead and inspire change
- Demonstrated ability to quickly assimilate to new knowledge and remain current on new developments in cybersecurity capabilities and industry knowledge
- Experience building and growing a team to meet strategic and tactical objectives; mentoring and coaching staff
- In-depth experience in designing and deploying data protection technologies and controls in enterprise-class organizations, including the following:
- Microservices architecture
- Data leakage/content monitoring and filtering
- Cloud access security broker
- Secure messaging/email encryption
- Mobile device security
- Disk, file, device, and database encryption
- Key management/Public Key Infrastructure (PKI)
- Data classification and privacy policies
- Digital Rights Management (DRM)
- Logging, monitoring, and security event management
- Secure information storage
- Database management and administration

Preferred Qualifications:
- CISSP, SSCP, CAP, CCSP, CISM or applicable experience in the Information Security field
- Familiarity with message queue technologies (e.g., Kafka, RocketMQ)
- Familiarity with source code management tools (e.g., Github, Bitbucket)
- Experience with Data Analytics
- Familiarity with securing data across SaaS and IaaS cloud platforms (e.g., AWS, Google Cloud Platform)
- Be able to handle ambiguity and collaborate with a global team
- Be comfortable communicating with business executives and technical teams

This role requires the ability to work with and support systems designed to protect sensitive data and information. As such, this role will be subject to strict national security-related screening.

TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

TikTok is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment processes for candidates with disabilities, pregnancy, sincerely held religious beliefs or other reasons protected by applicable laws. If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to us at

Job Information

[For Pay Transparency] Compensation Description (annually)

The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $112065 - $259200 annually.

Compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate's qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for additional discretionary bonuses/incentives, and restricted stock units.

Our company benefits are designed to convey company culture and values, to create an efficient and inspiring work environment, and to support our employees to give their best in both work and life. We offer the following benefits to eligible employees:

We cover 100% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, approximately 75% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with a company match. As well as Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance plans. In addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) Options like Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Care.

Our time off and leave plans are: 10 paid holidays per year plus 17 days of Paid Personal Time Off (PPTO) (prorated upon hire and increased by tenure) and 10 paid sick days per year as well as 12 weeks of paid Parental leave and 8 weeks of paid Supplemental Disability.

We also provide generous benefits like mental and emotional health benefits through our EAP and Lyra. A 401K company match, gym and cellphone service reimbursements. The Company reserves the right to modify or change these benefits programs at any time, with or without notice.

Client-provided location(s): New York, NY, USA
Job ID: TikTok-7311387023670085938
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • HSA
    • Life Insurance
    • Fitness Subsidies
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
    • On-Site Gym
    • Mental Health Benefits
    • Virtual Fitness Classes
  • Parental Benefits

    • Fertility Benefits
    • Adoption Assistance Program
    • Family Support Resources
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Hybrid Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Casual Dress
    • Snacks
    • Pet-friendly Office
    • Happy Hours
    • Some Meals Provided
    • Company Outings
    • On-Site Cafeteria
    • Holiday Events
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Paid Vacation
    • Paid Holidays
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Leave of Absence
  • Financial and Retirement

    • 401(K) With Company Matching
    • Performance Bonus
    • Company Equity
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within
    • Access to Online Courses
    • Leadership Training Program
    • Associate or Rotational Training Program
    • Mentor Program
  • Diversity and Inclusion

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program
    • Employee Resource Groups (ERG)

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