Senior Application Security Engineer

Full Time
Vancouver, BC
Posted Today
Job description
  • Bachelor (undergraduate) degree in a relevant field (Computer Science, Software Engineer, Security, or others) OR an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience with any combination of at least 3 technical disciplines, including the following: cloud security, network security, application security, mobile security, secure development methodologies, software development and coding, identity management, authentication and authorization, network architecture, system administration, and systems engineering
  • Minimum 3 years of experience with complex system, network, or service architecture and design
  • Minimum 3 years of experience experience with applied cryptography
  • Minimum 3 years of experience experience building or reviewing threat models
  • Minimum 3 years of experience experience with conducting security assessments, including penetration testing or red teaming

Job summary
Join the team that helps protect the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing environment and our customers. The scale of AWS and diversity of customers means your work would have far-reaching impacts across a broad range of industries around the world.

Work fully remote, in-office, or everywhere in between. Our highly collaborative, global team thrives on flexibility and is committed to each team member’s growth regardless of where they are. If you want to grow your interests in cloud services like Internet of Things (IoT), Identity and Access Management, mobile devices, virtualisation, custom hardware - we’re right here on the journey with you.

AWS Security is looking for a Security Engineer to design security controls and help validate that our services, applications, and emerging technologies are designed and implemented to the highest security standards. Your responsibilities include analyzing the security of applications and services, discovering and addressing security issues, building security automation, and decisively taking action to mitigate emerging threats throughout a full secure development life-cycle (SDLC).

This role will provide career growth opportunities as you gain new security skills in the course of your work. Security Engineers at AWS have an opportunity to experiment, learn, build tools, and work with teams building new technology and services at massive scale. Security Engineers at all levels have the opportunity to learn from and be mentored by those who are building and securing our cutting-edge services. A Security Engineer is also expected to be a mentor for others and be a trusted security advisor within the organization.

A Security Engineer at Amazon is expected to make significant contributions to the AWS Security team and to multiple groups throughout Amazon. Security Engineers are expected to develop custom solutions to complex security risk problems and apply appropriate technologies while following security engineering best practices. This role requires a Security Engineer who can be trusted within AWS Security and by teams throughout Amazon on at least one knowledge domain, while being able to apply security engineering best practices in a broad range of technical areas.

A Security Engineer must demonstrate strong Amazon Leadership Principles. This role requires the ability to foster constructive dialogue and seek resolution when confronted with differing opinions on security risks. Engineers in this role are expected to participate fully in the planning of the AWS Security team's work and constantly seek opportunities for process improvement.

A successful candidate will need a combination of troubleshooting, technical, and communication skills. An AWS Security Engineer must have the ability to take ownership and deliver on multiple complex objectives which may include project and software development work.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Security reviews for products, technologies, and services
  • Secure design, architecture, and implementation
  • Secure development life-cycle (SDLC) practices including threat modeling and security testing
  • Influence decision-makers and stakeholders throughout the organization in multiple teams to achieve a consistently high security bar
  • Lead penetration testing engagements and create new testing methods and exploits
  • Create security guidance and documentation
  • Develop security tools and automation
  • Develop and deliver security training and outreach to internal development teams
  • Develop and improve metrics that drive desired behavior and security outcomes
  • Lead security projects (including security reviews, tool development, and creation of new security practices) with end-to-end ownership
  • Support for mentoring, team building and recruiting activities

Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. Striking a healthy harmony between your personal and professional life is crucial to your happiness and success here, which is why we aren’t focused on how many hours you spend at work or online. Instead, we’re happy to offer a flexible schedule so you can have a more productive and well-balanced life—both in and outside of work.

We are 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 interests and desired growth areas, supporting you as you take on more complex tasks while your skills and confidence grow.

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 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.
  • Ability to lead through influence across a broad set of stakeholders at Amazon within a secure development life-cycle for multiple products and technologies, meeting customer expectations for security
  • Experience implementing complex security solutions that resolve security and business risk trade-offs and have broad influence across multiple services
  • A deep understanding of networking and communication protocols (such as TCP/IP, UDP, SSL/TLS, IPSEC, HTTP, HTTPS, BGP)
  • A deep understanding of cryptography, web service frameworks, mobile application architectures, and multiple service architectures (such as event-driven, service-oriented, and serverless architectures)
  • Experience with reverse engineering or vulnerability research
  • Familiarity with physical, infrastructure, or hardware security
  • Experience with multiple programming languages (such as Java, C++, Ruby, Python, Perl) for both tool development and code review
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate deep technical issues in terms of security and business risk with non-experts and senior leaders
  • Very strong bias for action balanced with a strong ability to dive deep into problems
  • Very strong ownership, urgency, and drive
  • Excellent analytical abilities and design skills
Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit


Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, age, or other legally protected status. If you would like to request an accommodation, please notify your Recruiter.

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