Information Security Engineer (Investigations)

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Full Time Clearance required
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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 building out our security organization to protect some of the world’s most advanced technologies including: rockets, Dragon capsules for human transport, inter-planetary transport vehicles, and the world's largest satellite communications network. As an industry leader, we are a target for adversaries, both foreign and domestic, focused on slowing us down and accessing our proprietary technology. The work we do on the investigations & intelligence team will safeguard mankind becoming an interplanetary species.

The Information Security Engineer (Investigations) is primarily responsible for building internal investigative capabilities/efficiencies to ensure the safety and security of personnel, brand, global assets, and operations at SpaceX. The engineer is responsible for investigative support and intelligence analysis for investigations and due diligence efforts stemming from security alerts or other escalation protocols (e.g., InfoSec, HR, Legal, law enforcement). This engineer will use their comprehensive understanding of operating system internals, network security, scripting languages and security information and event management (SEIM) platforms to prioritize security alerts, build effective queries, and streamline incident detection, analysis and response.

An active Top Secret security clearance, or ability to obtain one, is desired but not required.


  • Build internal investigative capabilities, including data/platform integration and tool optimization
  • Develop rules to alert, prevent, and mitigate threats using network and endpoint technologies
  • Build and maintain automation that supports the investigations and information security mission across SpaceX
  • Lead automation initiatives to streamline detection, analysis and response workflows
  • Proactively gather, analyze, and interpret data from a wide variety of sources to detect internal and external indicators of threats that could impact critical SpaceX operations, including nation-state, insider threat, and cyber intrusion
  • Perform data retrieval and participate in subject interviews for time sensitive investigations
  • Support all stages of e-discovery (identification, preservation, collection, processing, review and production)
  • Create custom detections for Insider Threat, maintain alerts to identify anomalous behavior, escalate for response, minimize false positives, and prevent future incidents.
  • Facilitate information sharing by fostering relationships and partnering with internal stakeholder groups including Info Security, National Security, Physical Security, Finance, Legal, and HR, as well as local and federal law enforcement


  • Bachelor’s degree in information systems, computer science or other technical field of study and 2+ years of professional experience in information security, threat hunting, incident response, forensics, security analysis, security engineering, cyber intelligence OR 4+ years of professional experience in the aforementioned areas in lieu of a degree
  • Experience with regular expressions and scripting language(s) (e.g., Python, Bash or Powershell)
  • Experience with cyber threats, defenses, motivations, and techniques


  • Experience writing queries and creating dashboards
  • Experience performing analytics against aggregated log data, and building configurations to parse and handle log data from systems and tools
  • Experience with Open Source Intelligence gathering, including web-based social media platforms, online search tools, applications, and communications technology
  • Experience with operating system internals and security controls such as a Linux and/or Windows
  • Familiarity with ELK, Splunk, and/or other SIEMs
  • Broad understanding of network architecture and network security methods to include their capabilities and limitations
  • Strong understanding of cyber threat analysis and enterprise level, mitigation strategies.
  • Working knowledge of network TCP/IP Protocols
  • Experience with behavioral/pattern of life analysis, broader system forensics
  • Demonstrated investigations experience in the public or private sector
  • SANS, GIAC, OSCP, CEH or similar certifications
  • Intelligence experience with the military, law enforcement, or government agency
  • Proficiency in one or more foreign languages
  • Overseas professional or educational experience
  • Experience with intelligence cycle and analytic tradecraft standards
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong analytical, oral, and presentation skills
  • Highly collaborative with a great degree of emotional intelligence and maturity
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced high-tech environment
  • Active Top Secret or Top Secret SCI clearance, or ability to obtain one desired but not required


  • Must be willing to travel ad hoc, although only minimal travel is expected at this time
  • Note that an active Secret or Top Secret SCI clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions; if so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol 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.

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