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Red Team Security Engineer, AWS


Since early 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has provided companies of all sizes with an infrastructure web services platform in the cloud. With AWS you can requisition compute power, storage, and other services thereby gaining access to a suite of elastic IT infrastructure services as your business demands them. AWS customers can take advantage of s global computing infrastructure which is the backbone of s multi-billion dollar retail business. AWS provides scalable, reliable, and secure distributed computing infrastructure that has been honed for over a decade. For more information on Amazon Web Services, please visit:

The AWS IT Security team is responsible for the security and availability of all cloud and mobile products and services offered by AWS. This includes cloud services such as EC2 and S3 as well as consumer offerings like Amazon Appstore and Cloud Drive. Our team works with development teams to design and build secure solutions, participate in and coordinate penetration testing activities, and generally solve security challenges at massive scale.

AWS Security is looking for a Senior Red Team Security Engineer to help ensure that our systems and processes are secured against the latest threats. You will be on a team responsible for conducting offensive campaigns, emergent threat testing, creating/maintaining automated threat emulation solutions, and helping security and service teams add offensive insight to their development, deployment, monitoring, and response processes. This position will provide you with a challenging opportunity.

A Security Engineer II at Amazon is expected to be strong in multiple domains. This is a leadership role within the AWS IT Security team and will be sought out for advice on technical and business issues. Efficient time management skills are required along with the ability to deliver results in the face of uncertainty. A Security Engineer II will proactively share knowledge across the Amazon community and will be a key company resource in one or more of the core areas of security. They will lead security reviews of large Amazon projects while setting standards and defining best practices for the AWS IT Security team.

Engineers in this role must show exemplary judgment in making technical trade-offs between short versus long term security and business goals. They must also demonstrate resilience and navigate difficult situations with composure and tact. Conflicts should be addressed by listening, finding the best way forward and persuading one s colleagues. Successful engineers in this role will regularly analyze their own performance with a critical eye. A broad understanding of the AWS business and its interconnections is required. This position will also provide training, advice, and mentorship to other engineers throughout AWS.

This role will be expected to provide thought leadership for the organization as you invent and innovate in the course of your duties.

* Offensive security testing & vulnerability research
* Emergent threat testing
* Creating/maintaining automated threat emulation solutions
* Recommendation of threat mitigations
* Produce high quality red team reports
* Projects and research work as needed
* Security training and outreach to internal development teams
* Security guidance documentation
* Security tool development
* Security metrics delivery and improvements
* Assistance with recruiting activities


BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
5 + years of experience with red teaming, vulnerability testing, and auditing techniques
3 + years of of security engineering, system and network security, authentication and security protocols, cryptography, and application security


Meets/exceeds Amazon s leadership principles requirements for this role
Meets/exceeds Amazon s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role
Experience with driving large, company-wide initiatives
Expert level understanding in at least one core area of Information Security
Experience using various penetration testing tools (such as, BurpSuite, Metasploit, Nessus, etc.) on Windows and Linux
Experience with multiple programming languages (such as, Java, C++, C#), especially scripting languages (such as, Python, Ruby, Perl, etc.)
Experience with reverse engineering
Understanding of mobile device security
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrable teamwork skills and resourcefulness
Ability to make concrete progress in the face of ambiguity and imperfect knowledge (avoid analysis paralysis )
Strong sense of ownership, urgency, and drive
Sharp analytical abilities and proven design skills
Experience providing training and mentorship

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.

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