Amazon UK Jobs – Security Engineer

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  • This role is open to alternative locations including: United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, South Africa and Spain.

Help us protect not only the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing environment but all of our customers as well! Since 2006, our great team has been enabling our customers to bring great ideas to life in ways that aren’t possible in traditional IT environments. With us you can flexibly harness compute, storage, security, and other services from across the globe as your business demands them.

AWS 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), 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.

As a part of the Secure Hardware and Foundational Technology security group, we help AWS launch brand new products and invest in emerging technologies securely. We are looking for a technically deep Security Engineer to help secure our foundational platforms such as OS kernels, virtualization, device emulation, firmware and hardware. You will be responsible for conducting security reviews, threat modeling, developing tooling that will help detect security issues at scale and hands-on security evaluations (pen-testing).

You will dive into complex engineering discussions, and leveraging security expertise to ensure proper risk assessment and threat analysis is performed. You will provide clear technical direction and risk mitigation guidance for diverse engineering and business leaders at all levels.

By applying your years of practical security engineering expertise in projects related to enterprise networking, hardware-rooted security, operating system hardening, and cloud-scale administrative infrastructure, you will literally shape the future of cloud computing.

You are expected to be strong in multiple domains and provide significant contributions to the 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.

You will 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 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.

You will need a combination of troubleshooting, technical, and communication skills, as well as the ability to handle a mix of disparate tasks which may include project and software development work. This role will provide career growth opportunities as you gain new security skills in the course of your duties.


  • Security reviews for new products and systems
  • Secure architecture design
  • Threat modeling
  • Penetration testing & vulnerability research
  • Projects and research work as needed
  • Security training and outreach to internal development teams
  • Security guidance documentation
  • Security tool development
  • Security metrics delivery and improvements
  • Assistance with recruiting activities

Inclusive Team Culture

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 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 puts a high value on work-life balance. It isn’t about how many hours you spend at home or at work; it’s about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth

Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded professional and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Basic Qualifications

  • BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Experience in Security Engineering or Software Development of Security capabilities, supporting engineering projects from concept to delivery and experience in one or more of the following technical categories:
  • Scaling security assessments (e.g. automating workflows relating to penetration testing, incident response, forensics, network traffic analysis)
  • 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, JTAG, PCIe)
  • Experience performing security reviews and/or implementing defensive technical security controls
  • Experience working with virtualization security, side-channel attack vectors, and/or potential mitigations

Preferred Qualifications

  • MS in Computer Science, Information Security, or related field, or equivalent work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare technical specifications and executive-ready communications
  • Demonstrated understanding of crypto basics (encryption, signing, certificates, common algorithms)
  • Experience in two or more of the technical categories above
  • Experience using AWS core services (EC2, S3, IAM, Kinesis, Lambda, KMS, VPC, etc)
  • Experience designing for relevant security standards (TCG, IEEE, NIST, FIPS, PCI, ISO 28000 series)
  • Experience designing for crypto security (e.g. certificate handling and PKI, attestation, TPM/HSM)
  • Experience leading enterprise security risk management and operational business continuity programs
  • Expert knowledge of Windows, Linux, and hypervisor security (especially in cloud environments)
  • Expert knowledge of common security-relevant protocols (e.g. SSH, TLS, DNS, DHCP, NTP, ICMP)
  • Spectacular track record of complex project delivery, effective organization, and executive maturity
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role
  • Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role


Amazon is an equal opportunities employer. We believe passionately that employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We make recruiting decisions based on your experience and skills. We value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build. Protecting your privacy and the security of your data is a longstanding top priority for Amazon. Please consult our Privacy Notice ( to know more about how we collect, use and transfer the personal data of our candidates.

Our inclusive culture empowers Amazonians to deliver the best results for our customers. If you have a disability and need an adjustment during the application and hiring process, including support for the interview or onboarding process, please contact the Applicant-Candidate Accommodation Team (ACAT), Monday through Friday from 7:00 am GMT – 4:00 pm GMT. If calling directly from the United Kingdom, please dial +44 800 086 9884 (tel:+448000869884). If calling from Ireland, please dial +353 1800 851 489 (tel:+3531800851489).

Company – Amazon Dev Centre (London) Ltd

Job ID: A1948795

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