Sr. Information Security Detection Engineer

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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Posted 3 weeks ago

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


SpaceX is looking for a detection engineer to join the information security team to help protect and drive the SpaceX mission. Information drives our business and we must protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and processes across the enterprise. As a highly visible and dynamic organization, we must also value and guard against damage to our reputation and brand. Finally, it is paramount we defend against loss of control or confidence in our systems, to guarantee the highest probability of success. SpaceX information security detection engineers are responsible for building tailored security detections.


  • Work closely with the Security Operations Center (SOC) and engineering teams to improve and build new tailored security detections.
  • Build playbooks to properly triage and respond to security incidents.
  • Analyze SOC alert statistics and workflows to reduce false positives and properly focus engineering efforts.
  • Provide design support on ways to improve detection and response capabilities.
  • Provide back-up support to the incident response team when necessary.
  • Keep up-to-date on modern attack techniques to continually integrate knowledge into new detections.
  • Operate and help mature SOC playbooks, workflow automations, and use cases to protect SpaceX people, missions, and assets.


  • 5+ years of professional experience in information security developing detections for attacker tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs).
  • 3+ years of experience writing and tuning host and network detections.


  • Experience with scripting languages (Python/PowerShell) for automation.
  • Experience with operating system internals for Linux and/or Windows platforms.
  • Experience with modern security information and event management (SIEM) systems such as Splunk and/or ELK.
  • Experience automating security operations and incident response processes.
  • Strong understanding of security architecture, tool integration, and API development/automation.
  • Knowledge of cloud infrastructure and cloud security.
  • Reverse engineering and malware analysis.
  • Vulnerability research and penetration testing.


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.  

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

Job tags: Architecture Automation C Incident response Linux Malware Penetration testing PowerShell Python SIEM Splunk TTPs Windows
Job region(s): North America
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