Senior Detection and Response Security Engineer

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Mountain View, California

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Interview Process

1. Simplified real-world coding task on 2. Time-boxed take-home assignment 3. Face-to-face meeting with teammates.



Programming Languages Mentioned

C++, SQL, Python

Who We Are

Aurora (Nasdaq: AUR) is delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly to make transportation safer, increasingly accessible, and more reliable and efficient than ever before. The Aurora Driver is a self-driving system designed to operate multiple vehicle types, from freight-hauling semi-trucks to ride-hailing passenger vehicles, and underpins Aurora Horizon and Aurora Connect, its driver-as-a-service products for trucking and ride-hailing. Aurora is working with industry leaders across the transportation ecosystem, including Toyota, FedEx, Volvo Trucks, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, U.S. Xpress, Werner, Covenant, Schneider, and Ryder. For Aurora’s latest news, visit and @aurora_inno on Twitter.

The mission of Aurora’s Enterprise Security Team is to enable users to securely access information and resources needed to work efficiently. We do this by identifying, reducing, and mitigating risks. We perform assessments to identify risk in business processes, threats to employee endpoints, business applications, and third-party services. We then build and implement solutions to mitigate these identified risks. We also assist with security investigations, incident response, and threat hunting. This role is focused on securing infrastructure and service providers used in the enterprise ecosystem across on-prem, cloud environments, and SaaS applications with an emphasis on building out our Detection and Response capabilities.

In this role, you will

  • Develop and implement Aurora's Detection and Response strategy
  • Drive continuous improvement of the detection framework, playbooks, and workflow automation
  • Consult with IT and other business units to enhance security across the enterprise
  • Contribute to the design and development of engineering solutions that support enterprise-wide security initiatives
  • Perform risk assessments and threat modeling exercises to identify risks in home-grown and third-party services and application
  • Develop security requirements, standards, guidelines, and policies
  • Coordinate and guide the response to security vulnerabilities
  • Evolve and mature the Enterprise Security team’s processes
  • Participate in on-call rotation related to security investigations and incident response

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the information security space
  • Ability to write quality, robust, testable code in at least one programming language (e.g. Python, Go, C, C++)
  • Experience communicating risks and resulting mitigations to business owners
  • Experience with SaaS, Cloud, or OS security
  • Experience collecting and analyzing security logs and related telemetry
  • Experience leading and managing cross-functional projects and roll outs

Desirable Qualifications 

  • Experience crafting logic to detect anomalous use, network, host, or cloud activity
  • Experience applying detection and response concepts to on-premise and cloud environments, especially AWS
  • Experience with big data tools and methodologies (e.g. SQL and data warehouse technology)
  • Experience of cloud environments and related security considerations (e.g. AWS, GCP, Azure)
  • Experience with distributed systems, cloud security, or cloud networking
  • Experience with big data tools and methodologies (e.g. SQL and data warehouse technology)

The base salary range for this position is $196k-$294k per year. Aurora’s pay ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range, the successful candidate’s starting base pay will be determined based on factors including job-related skills, experience, qualifications, relevant education or training, and market conditions. These ranges may be modified in the future. The successful candidate will also be eligible for an annual bonus, equity compensation, and benefits.



Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together extraordinarily talented and experienced people united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and build a culture where we win together — all without any jerks.

We have offices in several locations across the United States, where we encourage team and cross-functional collaboration. Aurora offers competitive medical, dental, and vision benefits, and additional healthcare support including medical transportation reimbursement, fertility, adoption, and surrogacy benefits. We empower our employees and their families with options to further their unique physical, mental, and financial well-being.

Our Learning and Development offerings include Aurora Academy, where our people learn, develop, and practice the essential skills that drive Aurora’s mission, continually up-leveling our team along the way. Our Careers page provides insight into career opportunities at Aurora, and you can find all the latest news on our Blog. 

Safety is central to everything we do. Every employee at Aurora has a role in contributing to safety, every step of the way. We seek candidates who take active responsibility, can contribute to building an atmosphere of trust, and invest in the organization's long-term success by working safely — no matter what.

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including increased access to transportation. To realize those benefits, we need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives — a workforce that reflects the communities our technology will serve.

Aurora is committed to providing access to anyone who seeks information from our website. We invite anyone using assistive technologies, such as a screen reader or Braille reader, to email us at  if they experience difficulty using our website. Please describe the accessibility problem and include a URL (if available).

Aurora considers candidates without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. Aurora considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at

For California applicants, information collected and processed as part of your application and any job applications you choose to submit is subject to Aurora’s California Employment Privacy Policy.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

At Aurora, every employee is empowered to take an active role in building an inclusive, collaborative, and unified culture that leverages our diverse strengths, perspectives, and backgrounds. 

Transforming how the world moves people and goods involves seeking to understand backgrounds, insights, and lived experiences that differ from our own. One way we accomplish that is with our 15 employee-led Aurora Unified Groups, which support diverse voices and drive inclusive collaboration. We believe that teamwork, belonging, and trust motivate and support our employees to do their best work. As our team grows, we strive to attract and retain exceptional talent that adds new perspectives and experiences and continues to drive innovation. Learn more on our Culture Page.

We are committed to helping qualified military community members leverage their talents in service of our mission. To understand how your military experience aligns with career opportunities at Aurora, review your military job classification at and consider applying for open positions corresponding to your identified skills and experiences!

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