Red Team Security Engineer, AWS

US, IL, Virtual Location - Illinois

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AWS Security is looking for a Red Team Senior Security Engineer (L6) 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. Offensive security at scale is a unique challenge - AWS possesses both scale of systems and scale of staff and processes. This position will provide you with a challenging opportunity.

A Security Engineer III 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 III 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.

· Vulnerability Identification and Tracking
· Offensive security testing & vulnerability research
· Emergent threat testing
· Creating/maintaining automated threat emulation solutions
· Recommendation of findings and 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

Our team also puts a high value on work-life balance. Striking a healthy balance between your personal and professional life is crucial to your happiness and success here, which is why we aren’t focused on how many hours you spend at work or online. Instead, we’re happy to offer a flexible schedule so you can have a more productive and well-balanced life—both in and outside of work.

Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and we host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon’s culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Basic Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

· 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, Cobalt Strike, 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 committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, 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

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