Cloud Security Architect - Distributed US, Canada

Remote US, Canada

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CockroachDB is a distributed database with standard SQL for cloud applications. CockroachDB powers companies like Comcast, Lush, and Bose.

Databases are the beating heart of every business in the world.

Cockroach Labs is the team behind CockroachDB, an open source, distributed SQL database. In addition to the open source version of the DB we are proud to offer our self-service, fully managed cloud offerings of CockroachDB with Dedicated and Serverless options. We aim to build infrastructure that keeps pace with the world, so developers can focus on what matters most: building the best products. Join us on our mission to enable every developer to build world-changing applications. 

About the Role

Cockroach Labs is looking for passionate individuals to support our cloud security efforts. This is a hands-on role where you’ll be working with different teams across the company on a variety of technical projects related to the security of our infrastructure and cloud solution. We are looking for creative individuals, capable of combining software and systems engineering to design, develop, and automate fault-tolerant security solutions. A successful candidate will combine the technical know-how with an empathetic and compassionate approach to engaging with the product and engineering teams across Cockroach Labs. 

In this role, you’ll join a small but growing platform infrastructure security team, using your experience and skills to significantly influence the culture and practices for security engineering at Cockroach Labs.

You Will

  • Provide guidance to leadership, engineering teams, and product teams, on security related topics.
  • Design solutions to complex security problems, while balancing organizational needs and priorities.
  • Leverage security based subject matter expertise to mature the capabilities of the  security team at Cockroach Labs.
  • Define and evangelize security practices within Cockroach Labs.
  • Support the ongoing process to mature the Cockroach Labs security posture, tooling, process, and overall capabilities, focusing on highly scalable and resilient security systems.
  • Act with compassion and empathy while engaging with the product and engineering teams to further the security posture of the company.
  • Influence product and engineering product feature and function decisions based on security needs of the company.
  • Support the ongoing process to pay down technical debt and reduce technical risk exposure as it relates to security risks.
  • Bring expertise in the field of cloud security in relation to AWS, GCP, and Azure cloud domains.
  • Participate in on-call rotation for security incident response process.
  • Support Cockroach Labs engineering infrastructure security through:
    • Developing processes and techniques to effectively scale security engagement across the product and engineering teams.
    • Engaging with product and engineering teams to complete security design reviews, leveraging best practice methodologies (including but not limited to threat modeling, system analysis, and system theoretic process analysis).
    • Developer education on key security concepts and mechanisms.
    • CI/CD pipeline design support and code review.
    • Application integration security reviews for production systems and interfaces.

You Have

The qualifications below are ideal, but not all required. We strongly encourage candidates who do not have all the qualifications listed below to apply.

  • Previous experience (7+ years) in security architecture, security engineering, application security, systems engineering, or site reliability engineering (SRE)
  • 2+ years of experience in a security architect role
  • 3+ years of experience in Threat modeling, system risk assessment, or system safety thinking (e.g. STAMP/STPA)
  • 2+ years of experience with information security related compliance frameworks (PCI, SOC, FedRamp, ISO, GDPR, etc.)
  • Hands-on experience with AWS, Azure, or GCP, ideally with a focus on securing public cloud environments
  • Knowledge of Kubernetes, HashiCorp suite of tools, or alternate cloud or CI/CD platform tooling
  • Solid understanding of networking concepts and cloud security best practices
  • Knowledge of application security and common application security vulnerabilities such as OWASP Top 10
  • The desire and capability to take a structured approach to solving large scale, complex problems
  • The ability to take a caring and empathetic approach to relationship building and problem solving

The Expectations

In your first 30 days, you will become an integrated member of our engineering team. You’ll become familiar with our production systems, software development workflow, and application architecture for CockroachDB and CockroachCloud. We believe that it's essential for you to take this first month to become familiar with our technology and our company.

In your second month, you’ll focus on gaining familiarity with our security challenges, focusing on security challenges in both our cloud solution as well as in our overall system architecture and infrastructure. You’ll contribute to our engineering team security culture by preparing a security-focused presentation to the engineering team.

In your third month, you’ll become a point person for a major security project, taking direct ownership of a key solution and being a partner with the larger security and engineering organization to drive the project forward. 

The Team

In addition to your reporting director, you will get to work closely with the senior leadership.

Reporting to Mike Geehan - Director of Engineering

Mike Geehan is responsible for the safety and security of CockroachDB Cloud and surrounding infrastructure. Mike joined Cockroach Labs from a DC based start-up, and prior to that spent time in larger tech companies in a wide range of roles. Mike is focused on team development. Enabling and growing his team is paramount to the success of the team, and hence the business as a whole. Mike is based in Houston, Texas, and outside of work is focused on his family, his bikes, and in getting a cycling related non-profit organization off the ground. 

Isaac Wong - VP of Engineering

Isaac is responsible for the health of the engineering organization at Cockroach Labs. He partners closely with teams to ensure we have a balanced culture that promotes quality and innovation in pursuit of our goals. Before joining Cockroach Labs Isaac was in life sciences for 16 years with Medidata Solutions where he had a front row seat on the exciting ride from a 30 person startup to more than 2000 people worldwide. But the lure of distributed, resilient, and consistent SQL databases, along with the amazing technology and culture at Cockroach Labs proved too much. When not working he likes to draw, play the piano, and search NYC for cannoli's with his wife and kids.

Our Benefits

  • Competitive health insurance coverage (for you and your dependents!)
  • Paid parental leave (with baby bucks)
  • Flex Fridays
  • Flexible time off & flexible hours
  • Education reimbursement
  • Relocation support or home office support if you’re remote

Cockroach Labs is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you need additional accommodations to feel comfortable during your interview process, please email us at

Tags: Application security AWS Azure CI/CD Cloud Compliance FedRAMP GCP GDPR Incident response Kubernetes Open Source OWASP Risk assessment SQL Vulnerabilities

Perks/benefits: Competitive pay Flex hours Flex vacation Health care Parental leave Relocation support Startup environment

Regions: Remote/Anywhere North America
Countries: Canada United States
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