Application Security Engineer

Remote /
Assurance – Security Consultants /
Full-time
About Trail of Bits
Trail of Bits helps secure the world’s most targeted organizations and products. We combine high-end security research with a real-world attacker mentality to reduce risk and fortify code.

As a cybersecurity research and consulting firm, we serve clients in the defense, tech, finance, and blockchain industries. We help with their most difficult security challenges by designing and building new technology, researching new techniques to advance the state of practice, and reviewing the security of the latest available technology products before they hit the market.

Our team consumes, produces, and presents research as a natural part of doing business. When we make new discoveries or developments, we strive to share our knowledge and release our tools as open-source. It’s a practice that’s earned us industry accolades and helped contribute to our double-digit bottom-line growth.

Role
Our assurance team is responsible for reviewing low-level, high-assurance software in the finance, tech, defense, and blockchain industries. Our evaluations allow our clients to make informed decisions about risk to their systems, including how to minimize or mitigate security issues. Our team is comprised of experts in operating systems, compilers, and cloud infrastructure with a keen eye for applying research and developing custom tools to enhance our reach.

As an application security engineer, you will be part of a small, dynamic team that reviews highly trusted code, performs architecture reviews or threat models, and other types of security-focused analysis on behalf of our clients. You will provide value to our clients through your expertise and experience to assist the team in helping them find difficult issues. On any given day, you may be building cheats for DRM'd video games, exploiting elevation of privilege vulnerabilities in kernel drivers, or reviewing isolation primitives intended to contain the effects of exploitation.

You will work in collaboration with other assurance engineers to execute successful client projects and to build impactful tools. You will have opportunities to collaborate with our Research & Engineering team to help secure funding from government agencies for software security research that advances the state of the art, both within our team and the industry at large.

Between engagements, we apply our engineering skills to build custom tools to rapidly assess, exploit, or secure the code that we work with. You will also be given time for personal and professional development learning opportunities.

Responsibilities

    • Work directly with leading industry teams to review their code and help secure their products.
    • Design and implement solutions to difficult engineering and research problems, examples include building a novel fuzzer, static analyzer, or dynamic instrumentation to solve specific challenges.
    • Collaborate with engineers in both assurance and research & engineering to maintain and continually improve our existing security tools using modern software engineering practices.
    • Develop new security tools by staying at the forefront of security research and integrating lessons learned from our work with clients to build the state-of-the-art.

Requirements

    • Experience with low-level or cloud-native software, either as an engineer or security researcher
    • Sufficient background in computer science to read relevant academic research
    • Background in or prior regular use of programming language theory a plus
    • Familiar with the agile development, Github flow, and modern software engineering practices
    • Proficiency in one or more programming languages (we use C++, C, Python, Go, Rust, and Haskell)
    • Strong debugging skills and/or experience with reverse engineering
    • Clear communicator and quick to participate in deep technical discussions
    • Highly self-motivated and able to drive new projects
    • Attracted to learning new technologies
    • Able to communicate complex technical material to clients and funding agencies
    • Adept at writing. We highly encourage all engineers to get regular face-time with clients, write company blog posts about their accomplishments, and deliver presentations to the technical community.
    • Must live in the United States or Canada.

Company Perks

    • Before, during and after COVID-19, our workforce works flexibly. Many employees choose to work from home around the globe. As long as you deliver against your goals, we encourage you to harness your personal working style to let you work best.
    • Liberal expense policy for acquiring the equipment and software that help you do your job. If we need hardware to work effectively, we buy it. 
    • We offer exceptional and tailored technical, leadership and organizational training for our team members. Everyone is encouraged to identify additional opportunities for personal professional growth with working at Trail of Bits.
    • We routinely highlight the amazing work our employees do via our blog, product offerings, and conference talks. We celebrate you!
    • We're at the forefront of a number of markets and have the internal expertise and the ambition to capitalize on those opportunities. Our employees see their work in use and valued by many others.

Benefits for Eligible US Employees

    • Multiple generous health, vision, and dental insurance plans including no-monthly-premium options supporting individuals and families through JustWorks
    • Ancillary benefits including life and disability insurance, pre-tax commuter benefits, free Citi Bike membership, access to a HealthAdvocate, a healthcare Flexible Spending Account (FSA), and a free One Medical membership
    • 3-4 months paid parental leave
    • 401k with 5% company matching through Betterment
    • Moving expenses: $5k one-time
    • Charitable donation matching up to $2,000
    • Bonuses for recruiting, public speaking, tool releases, blog posts, academic posters, proposals, and whitepapers, and end-of-year bonuses based on company, team, and personal performance
    • 20 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) per year
    • 14 company holidays per year
    • Carbon offsets for your personal and corporate carbon emissions through Project Wren
    • Personal information privacy protection service subscription through DeleteMe

Benefits for Eligible Canadian Employees

    • Premium health, vision, and dental insurance plans
    • Life/AD&D Insurance options, as well as short- and long-term disability insurance plans
    • RRSP plan with 5% company matching
    • Charitable donation matching up to USD $2000
    • Bonuses for recruiting, public speaking, tool releases, blog posts, academic posters, proposals, and whitepapers, and end-of-year bonuses based on company, team, and personal performance
    • 10 days of Paid Time Off (PTO) and 10 days of sick time per year
    • 14 company holidays including provincial statutory holidays and select US holidays per year
    • Carbon offsets for your personal and corporate carbon emissions through Project Wren
    • Personal information privacy protection service subscription through DeleteMe
Dedication to diversity, equity & inclusion
Trail of Bits is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace where our employees can thrive and be themselves! We welcome all persons into our community. We embrace the diversity of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, age, physical and mental disabilities, medical condition, genetic characteristic, sexual orientation, marital status, family care or medical leave status, military or veteran status, or perceived membership in any of these groups.