Helix is hiring a

Director of Security

San Carlos, United States

Helix is creating the world’s first platform for people to have their DNA sequenced and learn about their unique genetics. From personalized medicine to advanced cancer screenings, custom diet and nutrition plans, the world of DNA-based learning is opening up. As we bring on new partners, the opportunities for discovery will continue to expand.

The Helix Security team is responsible for one of the company’s most important values: ensuring trust and security of consumer DNA data. As the leader of the team, you’ll define the security strategy, deliver on the goals, and recruit the talent for the security team. You’ll work closely with engineering, operations, product, and science teams to create solutions, as well as our platform partners. Bring your deep security experience into a new and innovative field with incredible potential. If you like the idea of working with some of the most important consumer health data, devising novel solutions to protect privacy, and enjoy working with incredibly passionate colleagues in a startup environment, then this is the ideal opportunity for you.

Helix’s engineering culture emphasizes:

  • Curiosity - we are all passionate about the possibilities enabled by having access to your own genome
  • Responsibility - we have an obligation to people and our partners to operate with highly credible research guided by well respected advisors, with clear and effective communication about our products
  • Agility - flexibility and a desire to be nimble, smart, and effective are important to the Helix culture
  • Experience - we’re building a team with amazing track records of achievement in multidisciplinary environment

What you'll be working on:

  • Establishing the overall Helix security strategy across technology, processes, and teams
  • Build a world-class security team responsible for security infrastructure and tools and information security
  • Take a leadership role advising Helix’s partners in security tools and techniques to ensure secure partner integrations
  • Transfer your extensive security knowledge to the new field of bioinformatics and big data genetics infrastructure
  • Ensure security of our hosted cloud-based platform
  • Keep abreast of the latest security tools and developments in the field of genetics and bioinformatics as well as the larger security community
  • Safeguard sensitive personal health information and genomic data across the platform, rigorously protect data privacy for our users
  • Provide the leading voice for data security and integrity across the company

What we’re looking for:

  • A passion for improving people’s lives through access to better information about their DNA
  • 7+ years of security management experience in positions of increasing scope of responsibility
  • Track record hiring and building world-class security teams
  • 5+ years of software development experience of tools and infrastructure in Python, Java, and/or C++
  • 5+ years experience developing security solutions for distributed systems and cloud-based infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud, or Azure)
  • 3+ years experience working with network security architectures and implementations
  • Deep familiarity with security protocols
  • Deep familiarity with security policy frameworks, security audits, compliance, and regulatory approaches
  • Diverse domain expertise such as e-commerce, financial, wireless, and healthcare security implementations and techniques
  • Deep understanding of threat models for large, high-scale production platforms
  • Familiarity with EU Data Protection Directives, HIPAA, PCI, SOX, and ISO 27001 desired
  • Affinity for an engineering culture that emphasizes Agile, DevOps, and continuous delivery
  • BS+ in Computer Science required; coursework in cryptography, genetics/bioinformatics a plus