Staff Security Engineer, Cybersecurity Incident Response - Cruise

Date Posted: Feb 19, 2023

Job Detail

  • Location:
    San Francisco, California, United States of America
  • Company:
  • Type:
    Full Time/Permanent
  • Positions:
  • Experience:
  • Degree:
  • Remote:
    Yes / No
  • Salary:
    Monthly: 1000 USD - 2000 USD

Job Description

We're Cruise, a self-driving service designed for the cities we love.

We’re building the world’s most advanced, self-driving vehicles to safely connect people to the places, things, and experiences they care about. We believe self-driving vehicles will help save lives, reshape cities, give back time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for many.

Cruisers have the opportunity to grow and develop while learning from leaders at the forefront of their fields. With a culture of internal mobility, there's an opportunity to thrive in a variety of disciplines. This is a place for dreamers and doers to succeed.

If you are looking to play a part in making a positive impact in the world by advancing the revolutionary work of self-driving cars, join us.

The Cybersecurity Incident Response Team (CIRT) builds detections as code, investigates cybersecurity events, leads internal security incidents and digital forensic investigations, and builds custom software solutions aimed to increase the efficiency of response.

As Cruise scales, we need a strong leader at the helm of security incidents, digital investigations, and highly-technical projects centered on both tactical and strategic blue team operations, including areas such as live response, artifact collection and parsing, and automation.

In major security incidents, you will serve as the incident commander, responsible for bringing together and leading a large cross-functional team through all stages of the incident response process. Day-to-day, you will be providing technical guidance and leadership to junior and senior incident response engineers, and delivering on engineering initiatives. Strategically, you will partner closely with the Engineering Manager and help set the technical direction of the team.

Applicants should be excited to solve hard problems, employ their outstanding communication skills, and lead and mentor others. You should possess extensive experience in incident response and digital forensics, and be the one who stands out on your team as a top performer, innovator and leader.


  • Provide day-to-day technical leadership and support to a team of incident response security engineers, serving as the primary escalation

  • Serve as the escalation point for alert triage and investigation

  • Execute on our incident response plan, leading cross-functional teams through the company's most significant security incidents

  • Draft and present polished incident reports or internal communications fit for an executive audience, and lead incident postmortems

  • Architect and spearhead deeply-technical and complex projects focused on securing Cruise

  • Identify, build, and support relationships with key cross-functional partners within and outside of Security

  • Partner with the Engineering Manager to help set the technical direction of the team

  • Mentor junior and senior incident response engineers

  • Embody Cruise behaviors and values: Stay Safe, Own It, Stay Focused, Seek Truth, Work Together, Be a Customer, Be Humble


  • Extensive experience leading response and investigation of large-scale and dynamic security incidents in corporate environments

  • Conversant knowledge of current opportunistic and/or advanced threat actor ecosystem, their targeting patterns, and associated tradecraft

  • Experience mentoring less senior members of an incident response team

  • Demonstrated ability to project composure and organization in the midst of high-intensity incidents

  • Exceptional communication skills with a knack for building relationships cross-functionally to support incidents and investigations

  • Intimate knowledge of core network protocols, with a demonstrated ability to query and analyze network logs in incidents and investigations

  • Experience performing log analysis in cloud environments (GCP, AWS, Azure) and across multiple SIEMs

  • In-depth knowledge of disk structures and experience performing file system and operating system forensics, with significant expertise in at least one OS (Mac, Windows or Linux)

  • Familiarity with at least one major cloud platform

  • Experience with datasets generated by osquery, and Bro/Zeek

  • Coding/scripting proficiency in one or more languages, recent development experience, and the ability to pass a coding interview


  • Fluency in SQL for querying complex data sets

  • Experience performing data collection and analysis in cloud environments

  • Experience developing automation in support of incidents and investigations

  • Expertise in static and dynamic malware analysis

  • Experience performing analysis within EDR solutions (i.e. Carbon Black, CrowdStrike Falcon)

  • Contributions to the security community (open source, public research, blogging, presentations, etc)

The salary range for this position is $197,600 - 290,400. Compensation will vary depending on location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. You may also be offered a bonus, restricted stock units, and benefits. These ranges are subject to change.

Why Cruise?

  • Our benefits are here to support the whole you:
    • Medical / dental / vision, AD+D and life insurance
    • Subsidized mental health benefits
    • One Medical membership
    • Flexible Spending Account 
    • Monthly wellness stipend
    • 401(k) match 
    • Paid time off: vacation, sick, public health emergency, jury duty, bereavement and company holidays. 
    • Paid parental, family care and medical leave
    • Family care benefits: fertility benefits, Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (subsidized by Cruise).
    • Non-remote employees: Pre-tax Commuter Benefit Plan, healthy meals and snacks 
    • CruiseFlex - a working policy for US-Based Cruisers that lets you and your manager find what working style is best for you, whether it’s primarily in-person, primarily at home or a combination of home and in-office time.
  • We’re Integrated
    • Through our partnerships with General Motors and Honda, we are the only self-driving company with fully integrated manufacturing at scale.
  • We’re Funded
    • GM, Honda, Microsoft, T. Rowe Price & Walmart have invested billions in Cruise. Their backing for our technology demonstrates their confidence in our progress, team, and vision and makes us one of the leading autonomous vehicle organizations in the industry. Our deep resources greatly accelerate our operating speed.
  • We’re Independent
    • We have our own governance, board of directors, equity, and investors. Our independence allows us to not just work on the edge of technology, but also define it.
  • We’re Vested
    • You won’t just own your work here, you’ll have the potential to own equity in Cruise, too. We are competing in a market that is projected to grow exponentially, which gives our company valuation room to grow.
    • Recurring Liquidity Opportunity (RLO) - a unique equity program where employees, both current and former, have the option to sell any amount of their vested equity on a recurring basis, currently quarterly.
  • We’re Safety Conscious
    • We integrate #staysafe, our top priority at Cruise, into our everyday work. Through our Safety Management System, every Cruiser is asked to do their part by reporting any potential issues or hazards they observe and making continuous improvements. You’ll be able to contribute to safety at Cruise, no matter your job function or title.

Cruise LLC is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a supportive and inclusive workplace where contributions are valued and celebrated, and our employees thrive by being themselves and are inspired to do the best work of their lives. 

We seek applicants of all backgrounds and identities, across race, color, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or parental status, or disability. Applicants will not be discriminated against based on these or other protected categories or social identities. Cruise will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records, in accordance with applicable laws.

Cruise is committed to the full inclusion of all applicants. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process please let our recruiting team know or email

We proactively work to design hiring processes that promote equity and inclusion while mitigating bias. To help us track the effectiveness and inclusivity of our recruiting efforts, please consider answering the following demographic questions. Answering these questions is entirely voluntary. Your answers to these questions will not be shared with the hiring decision makers and will not impact the hiring decision in any way. Instead, Cruise will use this information not only to comply with any government reporting obligations but also to track our progress toward meeting our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging objectives.

Note to Recruitment Agencies: Cruise does not accept unsolicited agency resumes. Furthermore, Cruise does not pay placement fees for candidates submitted by any agency other than its approved partners.


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