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Amazon Security Engineer II, AWS Offensive Security in Seattle, Washington


Do you enjoy finding unique security issues? Do you enjoy protecting customers at scale? Do you like challenging assumptions? On the AWS Offensive Security team, you will help ensure our devices, applications, services, and systems are designed and implemented to the highest standards and resilient to the modern threats. You will be asked to solve complex technology problems, build tools to automate your way out of manual efforts, and influence the way Amazon services respond to and mitigate threats.

AWS Offensive Security is on the cutting edge of many security issues for a wide variety of platforms and technologies including cloud services, Internet of things (IoT), ML/GenAI, identity and access management, mobile devices, virtualization and custom hardware, all operating at massive scale. Similarly, our highly collaborative team is committed to each team member’s growth as our business grows.

We are looking for a Security Engineer to help secure our foundational platforms with an emphasis on hardware. You will be responsible for conducting security reviews including hands-on security evaluations (penetration testing), analyzing threat models, and developing tooling that will help detect security issues at scale.

You should be comfortable with tackling novel technical situations, and conducting hands-on testing of new, unique surfaces, to ensure proper security mitigations are in place. You will provide crystal-clear technical direction and risk mitigation guidance for diverse engineering and business leaders at all levels. By applying your hard-earned years of practical security engineering expertise in projects related to securing hardware, you will literally shape the future of cloud computing. Along the way, we guarantee that you will learn a ton, have fun, and make a positive impact on millions of people.

Key job responsibilities

• Security reviews for hardware including servers and devices

• Penetration testing & vulnerability research

• Threat modeling

• Security training and outreach to internal development teams

• Security guidance documentation

• Assistance with recruiting activities

About the team

About Amazon Security

Diverse Experiences

Amazon Security values diverse experiences. Even if you do not meet all of the qualifications and skills listed in the job description, we encourage candidates to apply. If your career is just starting, hasn’t followed a traditional path, or includes alternative experiences, don’t let it stop you from applying.

Why Amazon Security?

At Amazon, security is central to maintaining customer trust and delivering delightful customer experiences. Our organization is responsible for creating and maintaining a high bar for security across all of Amazon’s products and services. We offer talented security professionals the chance to accelerate their careers with opportunities to build experience in a wide variety of areas including cloud, devices, retail, entertainment, healthcare, operations, and physical stores.

Inclusive Team Culture

In Amazon Security, it’s in our nature to learn and be curious. Ongoing DEI events and learning experiences inspire us to continue learning and to embrace our uniqueness. Addressing the toughest security challenges requires that we seek out and celebrate a diversity of ideas, perspectives, and voices.

Training & Career Growth

We’re continuously raising our performance bar as we strive to become Earth’s Best Employer. That’s why you’ll find endless knowledge-sharing, training, and other career-advancing resources here to help you develop into a better-rounded professional.

Work/Life Balance

We value work-life harmony. Achieving success at work should never come at the expense of sacrifices at home, which is why flexible work hours and arrangements are part of our culture. When we feel supported in the workplace and at home, there’s nothing we can’t achieve.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in Security Engineering or Development of Security capabilities, supporting engineering projects from concept to delivery, and 1 years in one or more of the following technical categories:

  • Virtualization security (Xen, KVM, QEMU)

  • Hardware security (PCB, JTAG, UART, SPI, ROM, microcode, custom ASIC/FPGA)

  • x86 and/or ARM chipset and firmware security (TPM, UEFI, TrustZone, Secure Boot, PCIe)

  • Security testing of compute platforms (Server, PC or Mobile)

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in Computer Science, Information Security, or related field, or equivalent work experience

  • Demonstrated ability to prepare technical specifications and communications

  • Demonstrated understanding of crypto basics (encryption, signing, certificates, common algorithms)

  • Familiarity with AWS services (EC2, GuardDuty, S3, IAM, Kinesis, Lambda, KMS, VPC, etc)

  • Familiarity with relevant security standards (TCG, IEEE, NIST, FIPS, PCI, ISO 28000 series)

  • Familiarity with crypto security design concepts (e.g. certificate handling and PKI, attestation, TPM/HSM)

  • Knowledge of Windows, Linux, and hypervisor security (especially in cloud environments)

  • Ability to manually audit source code (One or more of: Java, Ruby, Python, JavaScript, Rust, C, others) to find security issues

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $136,000/year in our lowest geographic market up to $212,800/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.