Staff Security Specialist, External Communications

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Remote, Americas

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Interview Process

1. A series of video calls 2. Coding exercise involving working on a Merge Request that is like a real work task



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As a member of the Security department at Gitlab, the External Security Communications specialty of the Security Analyst role work to increase visibility, strengthen community engagement and industry recognition of GitLab Security initiatives, programs and team members’ expertise through multi-channel campaigns and initiatives that include blogs, contributed articles, social media, online events and more.

The Staff Security Analyst, External Security Communications reports to the Director, Security Operations.

The Staff Security Analyst, External Security Communications is a grade 8.


  • Work with security engineers, analysts and leadership to develop ideas for blog posts, assist them as needed to create and improve the content and work with the editorial team to review and publish the posts.
  • Ideate and execute multi-channel programs that showcase our bug bounty program, and recognize the hackers that contribute to it. (This could include blogs, social media campaigns, events, or custom swag)
  • Develop new engagement strategies to grow community engagement and influence within the industry, including tactics such as developing twitter lists of key influencers and contributors, social-first campaigns, online contests and events.
  • Monitor various platforms (twitter, hackernews, zendesk) for industry (security and marketing) trends and engagement opportunities.
  • Work with social media team to develop social campaigns to generate awareness and visibility around department programs and initiatives. Write content as needed.
  • Liaise across marketing to identify additional opportunities to showcase department programs and people.
  • Support security releases by creating and deploying the monthly and critical security release email alerts through Marketo.
  • Provide corporate communication with visibility into important department initiatives that should be amplified further through PR activities, or security events or incidents that could impact brand and/or customers.
  • Partner with security team and liaise across organization to respond to incidents in a timely manner. This includes developing, reviewing/editing, gaining approvals and deploying clear customer communications across various channels.

    Staff level responsibilities are inclusive of all Senior level responsibilities, as well as to:

    • Develop and drive content marketing strategy aligned to business priorities and community engagement
    • Lead multi-channel campaigns and engagement strategies surrounding GitLab’s bug bounty program
    • Lead the development and implementation of security audience and community engagement initiatives
    • Oversee customer and external response process for incident response
    • Keep apprised of various platforms for trends, mentions and engagement opportunities


  • 10+ years in an external communications or marketing role
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Ability to take complex topics and communicate them effectively to a wider audience
  • Strong cross-function collaborator
  • Passionate about audience engagement and relationship development
  • Experience working in the technology and/or security industry
  • Detail-oriented, organized
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values

Hiring Process

Candidates for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process.

  • Qualified candidates will be invited to schedule a 30 minute screening call with one of our Global Recruiters.
  • Next, candidates will be invited to schedule a 50-minute interviews with the hiring manager,
  • Then, candidates will be invited to schedule 3 separate 50-minute interviews with 3 different peers from within the Security organization,
  • Finally, candidates will be invited to schedule a 25-minute interview with the Director of Security Engineering and Research.

Additional details about our process can be found on our hiring page.

GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 2,200 people worldwide have contributed. We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.

We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, self-learning, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, inclusion and belonging, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.

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  1. Mission: Everyone can contribute
  2. ResultsFast growthambitious vision
  3. Flexible Work Hours: Plan your day so you are there for other people & have time for personal interests
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  5. IterationEmpower people to be effective & have an impactMerge Request rateWe dogfood our own productDirectly responsible individuals
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  8. Total RewardsCompetitive market rates for compensationEquity compensationglobal benefits (inclusive of office equipment)
  9. Work/Life HarmonyFlexible workdayFriends and Family days
  10. Remote Done RightOne of the world's largest all-remote companiesprolific inventor of remote best practices

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The base salary range for this role’s listed level is currently for residents of listed locations only. Grade level and salary ranges are determined through interviews and a review of education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities of the applicant, equity with other team members, and alignment with market data. See more information on our benefits and equity. Sales roles are also eligible for incentive pay targeted at up to 100% of the offered base salary.
Colorado/Washington pay range
$114,800$221,400 USD
California/New York/New Jersey pay range
$114,800$246,000 USD

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