Coinbase is hiring a

Senior Security Engineer, Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)


Coinbase has built the world's leading compliant cryptocurrency platform serving over 30 million accounts in more than 100 countries. With multiple successful products, and our vocal advocacy for blockchain technology, we have played a major part in mainstream awareness and adoption of cryptocurrency. We are proud to offer an entire suite of products that are helping build the cryptoeconomy and increase economic freedom around the world.

There are a few things we look for across all hires we make at Coinbase, regardless of role or team. First, we look for signals that a candidate will thrive in a culture like ours, where we default to trust, embrace feedback, disrupt ourselves, and expect sustained high performance because we play as a championship team. Second, we expect all employees to commit to our mission-focused approach to our work. Finally, we seek people with the desire and capacity to build and share expertise in the frontier technologies of crypto and blockchain, in whatever way is most relevant to their role.

Location: Remote - USA

Security is a primary competency at Coinbase, and the Security Operations team keeps a watchful eye over every aspect of it. Every day, we go to battle against some of the most sophisticated attackers in the world to protect billions of dollars worth of digital assets and ensure that our customers and employees can enjoy a safe, trusted experience. As Coinbase scales globally, our team is scaling along with it, using a blend of tooling, automation, and strategic team growth to ensure that we’re well-equipped to protect the next billion users of crypto.

What you’ll be doing (ie. job duties):

The Security Operations group is a multi-functional organization that includes our CSIRT, Trust & Safety, and Threat Intelligence. While no two days will end up looking the same, generally-speaking you’ll be responsible for the following things:

  • Building and implementing tools and data pipelines to collect and analyze terabytes worth of data every day.
  • Collaborating with our IT and Infrastructure teams to ensure that all of our hosts, endpoints, and networks are instrumented properly and delivering the telemetry data we need.
  • Building SOAR integrations to help us enrich and contextualize our data, and automate our response actions
  • Assisting with incident response as needed (this may involve rapidly building tools or extending  capabilities to aid response efforts).

What we look for in you (ie. job requirements):

Some security teams have strict requirements about certifications, degrees, years of experience, and things like that. Not us! We’re more interested in the unique perspectives and expertise you’ll bring to the team, rather than the acronyms on your resume. However, you’ll be much more likely to be successful in this role if these bullet points seem like a good description of you:

  • You’ve been doing practical security, SRE, or DevOps-related things for a while now, probably in the realm of 5+ years
  • You frequently get praise from your peers and coworkers about your communication skills, both written and verbal. 
  • You know that people aren’t stupid, but everyone makes mistakes. Your high degree of empathy means that your coworkers trust you to help solve their security problems, because you never come across as judgmental or condescending.
  • Pressure doesn’t get to you, even in high-intensity situations or environments.

Nice to haves:

  • You would bring a diverse perspective to the team: for example,  maybe you took an unconventional route to get into your current security career.
  • You’ve got a passing familiarity with blockchains and cryptocurrency, or at least a good story about how you thought about investing in Bitcoin in 2014 but decided not to.
  • You're comfortable using StreamAlert for log ingestion and analysis at scale
  • You've got experience in software development (Python, Ruby, or Golang preferred) and deploying scalable infrastructure to AWS using tools like Terraform, Chef, and Jenkins
  • You're familiar with common logging and telemetry tools like syslog, osquery, fluentd, Snort/Bro, etc

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