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Staff Application Security Engineer


2 months ago

Job type: Full-time

Remote (Anywhere)

Hiring from: Anywhere

Category: DevOps / Sysadmin

GitHub is changing the way the world builds secure software and we want you to help change the way we secure GitHub. We're looking for an experienced security engineer to drive the development of GitHub’s red team operations. GitHub’s Application Security team (AppSec) has historically been focused on collaborating with and supporting engineering teams during the software development lifecycle. We are looking for a fresh perspective to drive the identification and mitigation of security risks from an attacker’s point of view.

In this role you will define and implement how GitHub provides our engineers and security teams with broadly scoped and in depth security assessment of our services and infrastructure. You’ll have the freedom to define these engagements to best test the defensive security practices at GitHub. In this position, you will work closely with the AppSec team to leverage the team’s knowledge, skillset, and ongoing collaboration with engineers.

Communication and empathy is key in this role, and your collaboration with engineers is just as important as the vulnerabilities and security risks you identify. In this role you’ll not only need to be creative and thorough in the attacks you perform, but also in helping drive the remediation strategies with teams across the company.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Defining processes and initiatives to perform attacks against GitHub’s services and infrastructure, while taking care to minimize impact to systems and data
  • Digesting complex application and service architectures to identify potential threats and avenues for exploitation
  • Engaging internal engineering and security teams to work with during red team operations
  • Collaborating with engineering teams and leadership to communicate identified risks and expectations for remediation
  • Developing a plan to scale the red team, its service offerings, and tooling
  • Mentoring other team members

The minimum qualifications are:

  • A passion for identifying and exploiting security vulnerabilities
  • 8+ years of experience performing penetration tests, security code reviews, and red team operations
  • Experience in security architecture review and threat modeling of complex systems
  • Experience developing security testing tooling and exploits
  • Experience with identifying and exploiting the unique security risks of cloud computing platforms including Azure and AWS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills targeting a broad range of audiences from engineers to leadership
  • Ability to empathize with a diverse range of engineers

Bonus points if you have:

  • Hands-on management experience in a personnel or team lead capacity
  • Experience with exploiting virtualization techniologies and container orchestration systems such as Kubernetes and Nomad
  • Practical software development skills with Ruby on Rails or Go
  • Experience using Git and GitHub

Who We Are:

GitHub is the developer company. We make it easier for developers to be developers: to work together, to solve challenging problems, and to create the world’s most important technologies. We foster a collaborative community that can come together—as individuals and in teams—to create the future of software and make a difference in the world.

Leadership Principles:

Customer Obsessed - Trust by Default - Ship to Learn - Own the Outcome - Growth Mindset - Global Product, Global Team - Anything is Possible - Practice Kindness

Why You Should Join:

At GitHub, we constantly strive to create an environment that allows our employees (Hubbers) to do the best work of their lives. We've designed one of the coolest workspaces in San Francisco (HQ), where many Hubbers work, snack, and create daily. The rest of our Hubbers work remotely around the globe. Check out an updated list of where we can hire here:

We are also committed to keeping Hubbers healthy, motivated, focused and creative. We've designed our top-notch benefits program with these goals in mind. In a nutshell, we've built a place where we truly love working, we think you will too.

GitHub is made up of people from a wide variety of backgrounds and lifestyles. We embrace diversity and invite applications from people of all walks of life. We don't discriminate against employees or applicants based on gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy status, veteran status, or any other differences. Also, if you have a disability, please let us know if there's any way we can make the interview process better for you; we're happy to accommodate!

Please note that benefits vary by country. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask your Talent Partner.


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