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Security Engineer - Hardware, Firmware, Virtualization, Secure Hardware And Foundational Technologies Team



Other Engineering
New York, USA · United States · Texas, USA · Austin, TX, USA · Remote
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024


Help us protect not only the Amazon Security (AmSec) cloud computing environment but all of our customers as well! Since 2006, our great team at AmSec has been enabling our customers to bring great ideas to life in ways that aren’t possible in traditional IT environments. With AmSec you can flexibly harness compute, storage, security, and other services from across the globe as your business demands them.

Amazon 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.

As a part of the Secure Hardware and Foundational Technologies group, we help Amazon launch brand new products and invest in emerging technologies securely. We are looking for a technically deep Senior Security Engineer to help secure our foundational platforms such as OS kernels, virtualization, device emulation, firmware and 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 (pen-testing).

The successful candidate must 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 enterprise networking, hardware-rooted security, operating system hardening, and cloud-scale administrative infrastructure, you will literally shape the future of cloud computing.

You are expected to be strong in multiple domains and provide significant contributions to the IT Security team and to multiple groups throughout AmSec. 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.

You 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 IT Security team'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 AmSec 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.

Key job responsibilities
- 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

About the team
About Amazon Security

Diverse Experiences
Amazon Security values diverse experiences. Even if you do not meet all of the qualifications and skills listed in the job description, we encourage candidates to apply. If your career is just starting, hasn’t followed a traditional path, or includes alternative experiences, don’t let it stop you from applying.

Why Amazon Security?
At Amazon, security is central to maintaining customer trust and delivering delightful customer experiences. Our organization is responsible for creating and maintaining a high bar for security across all of Amazon’s products and services. We offer talented security professionals the chance to accelerate their careers with opportunities to build experience in a wide variety of areas including cloud, devices, retail, entertainment, healthcare, operations, and physical stores.

Inclusive Team Culture
In Amazon Security, it’s in our nature to learn and be curious. Ongoing DEI events and learning experiences inspire us to continue learning and to embrace our uniqueness. Addressing the toughest security challenges requires that we seek out and celebrate a diversity of ideas, perspectives, and voices.

Training & Career Growth
We’re continuously raising our performance bar as we strive to become Earth’s Best Employer. That’s why you’ll find endless knowledge-sharing, training, and other career-advancing resources here to help you develop into a better-rounded professional.

Work/Life Balance
We value work-life harmony. Achieving success at work should never come at the expense of sacrifices at home, which is why flexible work hours and arrangements are part of our culture. When we feel supported in the workplace and at home, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.


- BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
- 5+ years of experience in Security Engineering or Development of Security capabilities, supporting engineering projects from concept to delivery, and 2 years in two or more of the following technical categories: Virtualization security (Xen, KVM, QEMU) - Hardware security (PCB, JTAG, UART, SPI, ROM, microcode, custom ASIC/FPGA) - x86 and/or ARM chipset and firmware security (TPM, UEFI, TrustZone, Secure Boot, JTAG, PCIe) - Physical security testing at the machine level
- Security testing of compute platforms (Server, PC or Mobile) - Working with diverse physical tamper resistance and/or tamper detection techniques


- MS in Computer Science, Information Security, or related field, or equivalent work experience
- Demonstrated ability to prepare technical specifications and executive-ready communications
- Experience using AWS core services (EC2, S3, IAM, Kinesis, Lambda, KMS, VPC, etc)
- Experience designing for relevant security standards (TCG, IEEE, NIST, FIPS, PCI, ISO 28000 series)
- Experience designing for crypto security (e.g. certificate handling and PKI, attestation, TPM/HSM)
- Expert knowledge of Windows, Linux, and hypervisor security (especially in cloud environments)
- Expert knowledge of common security-relevant protocols (e.g. SSH, TLS, DNS, DHCP, NTP, ICMP)

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, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.

Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $143,300/year in our lowest geographic market up to $247,600/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit https://www.aboutamazon.com/workplace/employee-benefits. This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.