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Security Engineer, AWS Security

Job ID: 2021590 | Amazon Dev Center U.S., Inc.


Job summary
Join us in building innovative services that protect AWS from security threats! Locations available throughout the Washington, DC area (Herndon, VA, Crystal City, VA, and Annapolis Junction, MD).

As a Security Engineer (SecEng), you’ll help build and manage services that detect and automate the mitigation of cybersecurity threats across Amazon’s infrastructure. You’ll work with data scientists, software development engineers, and other security engineers across multiple teams to develop innovative security solutions at a massive scale. Our services help protect AWS for all customers, preserving our customers’ trust in us. You’ll get to use the full power and breadth of AWS technologies to build services that proactively protect every AWS customer, both internally and externally, from security threats – not many teams can say that!

Mentorship & Career Growth

Our team is dedicated to supporting new team members. The team has a mix of experience levels, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior engineers and managers truly enjoy mentoring both junior engineers and engineers from non-traditional backgrounds through one-on-one mentoring and collaboration.

We care about your career growth. We assign projects and tasks based on what will help team members develop into more well-rounded engineers and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Inclusive and Diverse Culture

Our team is intentional about attracting, developing, and retaining amazing talent from diverse backgrounds. Yes, we get to build cool, new services, but we also believe a big reason for that is the inclusive and welcoming culture we cultivate every day.

We’re looking for a new teammate who is enthusiastic, empathetic, curious, motivated, reliable, and able to work effectively with a diverse team of peers. We want someone who will help us amplify the positive and inclusive team culture we’ve been building.

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 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Work/Life Balance

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.

We are passionate about the capabilities we build, and are responsible for an on-call rotation to ensure our services bring the most value to customers. We understand that life can be challenging, and we have a flexible work environment enabling individuals to adjust their work schedule to accommodate any personal needs.

About the team
Each day, hundreds of thousands of developers make billions of transactions worldwide on our cloud. They harness the power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enable innovative applications, websites, and businesses. AWS Security owns security for every service offered by AWS, including EC2, S3, and many others. Our team works with other AWS teams to solve security challenges at a massive scale. We enable trust by building services that meet the security goals of our customers, from compliance to analysis. We dive deep into security technologies such as new authentication systems, hardware security components, cryptography, system hardening, and massive-scale audit analysis.

Amazon has a fast-paced environment where we “Work Hard, Have Fun, Make History.” You'll be part of a world-class team in a fast-paced environment that has the entrepreneurial feel of a start-up. This is an opportunity to operate and engineer systems on a massive scale, and to gain top-notch experience in cloud security. You'll be surrounded by people who are smart, passionate about security and cloud computing, and believe that world-class service is critical to customer success.


  • 3+ years of experience performing security investigations, penetration testing, and/or incident response in the context of large organizations
  • 3+ years of experience with security threats and hands-on experience detecting and defending from cyber attacks
  • 1+ years experience using big data analytics or large scale SIEM to address security challenges
  • 1+ years experience working with host and network telemetry data (e.g., process lists, application logs, NetFlow)
  • 1+ years proficiency with one high level programmin or scripting language


  • BS or MS in a STEM related field
  • Understanding of the Mitre ATT&CK framework
  • Experience using streaming technologies (e.g., Kafka, Spark Streaming, and Kinesis)
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

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