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Microsoft Corporation Principal Software Security Architect in Redmond, Washington

If you're up to disrupt #CloudSecurity, come join us at the world’s leading security company at Microsoft Defender for Cloud group! 

At the Microsoft Cloud Security team, we take immense pride in developing a diverse set of security products and services that are leaders in their respective market segments. Our innovative solutions have set new industry standards, earning global recognition safeguarding critical infrastructure at the highest scale.

Microsoft Defender for Cloud is a cloud-native application protection platform (CNAPP) designed to protect cloud-based applications running in all major cloud providers. Microsoft Defender for Cloud secures cloud applications from code-to-cloud by unifying development security operations (DevSecOps) at the code level, cloud security posture management (CSPM) to surface and prevent breaches and cloud workload protection platform (CWPP) to identify, alert and block real-time cyber-attacks worldwide.

We’re a diverse group of talented professionals consisting of software engineers, security researchers, program managers and data scientists collaborating to develop products that secure our customers, including the biggest companies in the world and we are currently looking for a new Principal Software Security Architec t to join our team.

You will work in a supportive and inclusive environment where you will learn and work alongside the best and brightest minds in the industry, and have the opportunity to make a significant impact, grow your skills and advance your career.

More about our work:

What is Microsoft Defender for Cloud? - Microsoft Defender for Cloud | Microsoft Learn (

Microsoft Defender for Cloud - CSPM & CWPP | Microsoft Azure

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. As employees we come together with a growth mindset, innovate to empower others, and collaborate to realize our shared goals. Each day we build on our values of respect, integrity, and accountability to create a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive at work and beyond.

In alignment with our Microsoft values, we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment for all employees to positively impact our culture every day.


  • Work on business-critical initiatives that directly shape the future of Microsoft Defender for Cloud business.

  • You will drive heads-on boundaryless research on disrupting cloud security initiatives to create inception and successfully deploy them in the relevant teams.

  • Shape architecture of DevOps/API as critical part of the Cloud-Native Application Protection Platform, addressing - complete risk visibility, prioritization, and remediation across modern applications and software supply chains, powered by deep code analysis and runtime context including Application Security Posture Management

  • Work & collaborate extensively with teams Globally in different Time Zones


  • Embody our Culture ( and Values (


Required/Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science, or related Technical Discipline AND 8+ years Technical Engineering Experience with Coding in Languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR equivalent experience

  • 5+ years of working experience in Cyber Security working on leading disruptive technologies

  • 5+ years of working experience on large-scale production systems

  • 3+ years of experience in close work with product, help with shaping strategy, and realizing it into lasting architecture and delivering products to customers

Other Requirements

Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. These requirements include, but are not limited to the following specialized security screenings:

  • Microsoft Cloud Background Check: This position will be required to pass the Microsoft Cloud Background Check upon hire/transfer and every two years thereafter.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 12+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR Master's Degree in Computer Science or related technical field AND 10+ years technical engineering experience with coding in languages including, but not limited to, C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, or Python

  • OR equivalent experience.

Software Engineering IC6 - The typical base pay range for this role across the U.S. is USD $158,500 - $276,600 per year. There is a different range applicable to specific work locations, within the San Francisco Bay area and New York City metropolitan area, and the base pay range for this role in those locations is USD $202,800 - $304,200 per year.

Certain roles may be eligible for benefits and other compensation. Find additional benefits and pay information here:

Microsoft will accept applications for the role until April 15, 2024.


Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. Consistent with applicable law, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, immigration status, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran or military status, race, ethnicity, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable local laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application process, read more about requesting accommodations ( .