Staff Security Engineer, Detection & Response

San Francisco, CA

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We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

About the Role:

Want to work with some of the best security engineers in the industry, all while contributing to the development of robust and innovative pipelines, detections, incident response and forensics?

Cruise’s Detection & Response team is the first line of defense against adversaries and internal threats. We are focused on protecting Cruise: our autonomous vehicles and technology, our employees, and our customers. To accomplish this, we are building robust and innovative data pipelines and detections, automating incident response, and developing leading-edge solutions to collecting and forensically analyzing data in both security incidents and investigations.

Cruise is approaching commercialization, and we need a strong leader at the helm of incidents and security projects. In significant incidents, you will serve as the incident commander, responsible for bringing together and leading a large cross-functional team as you step through each stage of the incident response process. Day-to-day, you will be providing technical guidance and leadership to both detection engineers and incident responders, managing highly-complex projects, and partnering with the Engineering Manager and Technical Program Manager to set the technical direction for the team. Applicants should be excited to solve hard problems, employ their outstanding communication skills, and lead and mentor others.

You should possess extensive experience in incident response and technical leadership, be a go-getter who can pave the road forward with little direction, and be the one who stands out on your team as a top performer, innovator and leader. If that’s you, we’re really excited to talk.

What you’ll be doing:
  • Provide day-to-day technical leadership and support to detection engineers and incident responders
  • Lead a team of incident responders through all stages of the incident response process in large-scale and dynamic security incidents
  • Draft polished incident reports fit for an executive audience, and lead incident postmortems
  • Spearhead deeply-technical and complex projects focused on securing Cruise
  • Develop incident playbooks for new and existing detections
  • Build and support relationships with key cross-functional partners within and outside of Security
  • Work closely with the team’s Technical Program Manager to schedule and prioritize large projects
  • Partner with the team’s Engineering Manager to help set the technical direction of the team
What you must have:
  • Extensive experience leading large-scale and dynamic security incidents in corporate environments
  • Experience mentoring less senior members of an incident response team
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain composure and organization in the midst of high-intensity incidents
  • Exceptional communication skills with a knack for building relationships cross-functionally to support incidents and investigations
  • Intimate knowledge of core network protocols, with a demonstrated ability to query and analyze network logs in incidents and investigations
  • Experience performing log analysis in cloud environments (GCP, AWS, Azure) and across multiple SIEMs
  • In-depth knowledge of disk structures and experience performing file system and operating system forensics, with significant expertise in at least one OS (Mac, Windows or Linux)
  • Experience with datasets generated by osquery, and Bro/Zeek
Bonus Points!
  • Experience developing high-fidelity detections from complex datasets
  • Fluency in SQL for querying complex data sets
  • Experience performing data collection and analysis in cloud environments
  • Coding/scripting proficiency in one or more languages
  • Expertise in static and dynamic malware analysis
  • Experience performing analysis within EDR solutions (i.e. Carbon Black, CrowdStrike Falcon)
  • Contributions to the security community (open source, public research, blogging, presentations, etc)
Why Cruise?
  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Competitive salary and benefits 
    • 401(k) Cruise matching program 
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and Life
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible vacation and company paid holidays
    • Healthy meals and snacks provided for non-remote employees
    • Paid parental leave
    • Fertility Benefits 
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, subsidized by Cruise
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan for non-remote employees
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, SoftBank, & T. Rowe Price, have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.

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