Detection Security Engineer - Vehicle Software


PALO ALTO, California

Full time


Mar 4

What to Expect

The Role

Come join a small team of experts building the most trusted IoT platform in the world connecting Tesla backends and our customers to their cars.

We are looking for a highly motivated engineer who truly believes in security as a first principle. Companies have talked for years about a future of "connected cars." At Tesla, we’re at the forefront of innovation by providing a complete suite of rich backend services to our exponentially growing fleets. 

We are looking for a highly motivated engineer specializing in security and detection to defend Tesla’s information, infrastructure and products. The platform you help us build, protect and inspect will scale novel functionality to millions of Tesla devices and users.

What You’ll Do

  • Design, Implement,  Improve, manage, and automate Tesla’s monitoring, detection, and incident response capabilities
  • Build new signals and automate the detection and response to threats at scale
  • Work with our offensive security team to detect and stop cutting edge threats
  • Work with our Incident Response team to pioneer a framework responsible for detecting and responding to incidents in vehicle backend systems
  • Stay up to date on modern attack techniques to continually integrate knowledge into new detections.
  •  Implement ideas to build the new signals and automate the detection and response to threats at scale
  •  Introduce new controls into the infrastructure platform that improves our defense in depth
  • Lead engineering teams in developing secure systems contributing to the spread of secure patterns and practices
  • Partner with cross-functional teams to deliver widely impactful security initiatives

What You’ll Bring

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in CS, CE, EE or the equivalent in experience
  • Understanding and experience in security domains such as intrusion detection, incident response, malware analysis, application security, etc.
  • Cloud Security knowledge, need to have understanding/experience with Kubernetes
  • Breadth of technical experience across various infrastructure and security areas and running in large production environments
  • Deep understanding of mobile & web application security threats, exploits, prevention
  • Proficiency in networking concepts (firewalls, load balancers, etc)
  • Strong belief in acquiring and spreading knowledge through mentorship and acting like an owner
  • Practical knowledge of applied cryptography and common attacks against modern cryptographic algorithms (encryption at rest, TLS, hashing, etc)
  • Experience with Go, Ruby, Python
  • Basic understanding of the Security automation (SOAR) principles is a plus

Compensation and Benefits


Along with competitive pay, as a full-time Tesla employee, you are eligible for the following benefits at day 1 of hire:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans, both have options with a $0 paycheck contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Aetna medical plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k) with employer match, Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company paid Basic Life, AD&D, short-term and long-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick and Vacation time (Flex time for salary positions), and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Weight Loss and Tobacco Cessation Programs
  • Tesla Babies program
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Expected Compensation

$88,000 - $318,000/annual salary + cash and stock awards + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.

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