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Amazon Application Security Engineer, AWS Gen AI Security in Seattle, Washington


Do you thrive on the challenge of threat modeling and fortifying the defenses of AI/Gen AI and cloud systems? Are you excited by the prospect of identifying customer security expectations for AI systems and influencing builders to embrace secure-by-default practices, making the secure path the seamless choice for our customers? As a Security Engineer (AppSec) on the AWS Gen AI security team, you will be entrusted with the security review and threat modeling of AWS Gen AI offerings.

Our team is responsible for setting and holding the highest security bar for Generative AI offerings from AWS. We conduct security reviews, penetration testing, build security automation, and implement whatever mechanisms are necessary to ensure the high security bar for AWS Generative AI offerings for our customers. While Generative AI systems share components with traditional distributed systems, they also present unique challenges, such as model security, agentic behavior, security issues arising from the non-deterministic nature of LLMs, and GPU-level compute isolation complexities. We seek Security experts to join our group and tackle these security challenges head-on, safeguarding our customers' Gen AI workloads.

A security Engineer at Amazon is expected to be strong in multiple domains and provide significant contributions to the AWS IT Security team and to multiple groups throughout Amazon. Security engineers are expected to develop elegant solutions to complex business problems and apply appropriate technologies while following security engineering best practices. You are also expected to mentor more junior engineers and be a security thought leader for the organization.

A security Engineer must foster constructive dialogue and seek resolution when confronted with discordant views. Engineers in this role are expected to participate fully in the planning of the AWS IT Security team's work and constantly seek opportunities for process improvement. They should also have a deep understanding of at least one specialty for which they are a sought-out resource (both within AWS Security and by groups throughout Amazon), while having an understanding of the application of information security in a broad range of technical areas.

Key job responsibilities

• Perform threat modeling and ensure proper controls are in place for AWS distributed systems, with a primary focus on AI/Gen AI systems.

• Actively engage with customers, stakeholders, and industry experts, capturing customer security expectations for AI/Gen AI systems and incorporating them into the security bar.

• Influence builders to be better security owners, actively engaging with them to innovate faster and bring mechanisms for upholding the high security bar.

• Proactively influence AI/Gen AI systems to have security features that exceed customer security expectations for their workloads.

• Produce guidance to shift security left for builders and scale security ownership by commoditizing it.

• Obsess over automating well-paved paths for scaling, allowing engineers to focus on high-judgment work.

• Security tool development

• Delivering and improving security metrics

• Assisting with recruiting activities and administrative work

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

  • A bachelor's degree in computer science, cybersecurity, information security, a similar technical field, or equivalent professional experience can substitute for a degree.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in defensive security, threat modeling, and security review processes.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience with any combination of the following: IAM, Security Engineering, Cryptography, Vulnerability Management, Supply Chain Security, Network security, Threat modelling or Penetration testing.

  • Expertise in distributed systems security, fundamental cloud security concepts around IAM, cryptography, and other security features.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience with AWS basic security building blocks (IAM, KMS, CloudTrail, etc.) and their effective utilization for security controls.

  • Hands-on experience with AWS Services and threat modeling around them.

  • Experience in developing automation solutions for security.

  • Expertise with security threats and mitigations involving Gen AI models, including multi-modal models encompassing text, image, audio, and video.

  • Expertise with security threats and mitigations concerning automations built on the non-deterministic output of Gen AI.

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

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 https://www.aboutamazon.com/workplace/employee-benefits. This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.