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Offensive Security Engineer - Bug Bounty

Job ID: 2061312 | Services LLC


Job summary
AWS Security is a global team tasked with keeping the cloud safe. To help deliver for customers on this promise the AWS Bug Bounty team is currently seeking a security engineer with strong software development skils to join our team!

The primary responsibility of this role is to leverage your experience and internal knowledge of AWS systems to effectively triage a diverse set of incoming reports which can pertain to any of AWS 200+ services. Technical dive deep and curiosity are a way of life on this team in order to establish the true severity of a report and what defense in depth mechanisms need to happen beyond just the immediate patch.

Automation is the key to scaling and innovation at AWS and in this role you will own writing automation to reduce the load on humans; everything from developing ticketing, reporting and trend identification automation.

AWS Bug Bounty has a diverse set of customers: service owners and engineers, security leadership as well as our external crowd of researchers. Strong communication skills are required when providing excellent customer service for our customers, especially when growing our external crowd.

The development of the AWS researcher community is paramount to ensuring the success of our program and of our customers. As such we seek to earn researcher trust by being as transparent as possible with our responses to their reporting and our reward structures. As part of this team you will be expected to develop external messaging for both researchers and our own customer base. Above all else, a strong sense of Customer obsession is necessary to focus on the ultimate goal of keeping Amazon and its Customers secure with the highest priority.

This role will provide you with challenging opportunities, both technologically and as a leade to grow AWS’s Bug Bounty Program into the best on planet Earth.

Key job responsibilities
Core Responsibilities

* Researching, reproducing, and responding to security vulnerabilities reported through the bug bounty program
* Managing relationships with external security researchers working with AWS's bug bounty program
* Perform deep analysis of new vulnerability classes
* Driving improvements to team tooling, automation, and processes
* Identify and drive resolution of vulnerability trends
* Attend industry conferences and assist in hosting on site hack-a-thons and other researcher engagement activities

*For more info - please reach out to Robert Cahill (

A day in the life
A Day in the Life on Bug Bounty

Our mornings typically start by looking at the queue of submitted reports that have already undergone initial triage by our third party partners. We single out reports that need urgent attention and then do a deep dive: reproducing, root causing and where appropriate extending the findings in the report to demonstrate maximum impact. Once done coordinate with the internal AWS Security Operations team to drive the report until remdiation in production.

When the ticket queue is healthy the team focuses on automation and trend identification amongst researcher reports. We communicate these trends to the appropriate internal stakeholders for their action. The team regularly works with service owners, principal and senior engineers or developers to drive fixes. We maintain a close partnership with other security teams across Amazon to surface reports and trend data that are relevant to their mission.

About the team
Here at Amazon, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinitygroups, 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.


* Regularly writes code in a modern scripting language (Python, Go, Ruby or JavaScript)
* Ability to understand and translate complex technical problems into business impact language
* 2+ years of experience with AWS cloud services
* 5+ years in an Information Security role, preferably in application security, offensive security, vulnerability research, or related technical engineering role
* 3+ years of experience with dynamic and manual code auditing to identify security issues
* A deep understanding of web application vulnerability classes
* Familiarity with reverse engineering basics, memory corruption basics and mobile application security basics

Experience in one or more of the following categories

* Bug Bounty Programs (Researcher, triager, manager)
* Offense oriented security testing (penetration testing, red teaming)
* Capture-the-Flag participant or organizer

for more info - please reach out to Robert Cahill (


* Experience architecting and engineering technical solutions on AWS services
* Software development background with a focus on scaling and automation
* Working knowledge of Game Theory

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