Security Engineer (Cambridge, MA)

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At Kensho, we hire talented people and give them the autonomy and support needed to build amazing technology and products. To do this, we look for people who insist on a bias towards action to minimize unhelpful hierarchy and process. We collaborate using our teammates' diverse perspectives to solve hard problems. Our communication with one another is open, honest and efficient. We produce a suite of AI-powered solutions that solves the challenges of the largest, most successful businesses and institutions, helping them make sense out of a world full of messy data.

As a security focused engineer at Kensho you are a thoughtful, collaborative, and seasoned technologist who will be working closely with the Infrastructure team to ensure security across a number of systems and web applications. You will help us protect network boundaries, keep systems and network devices against attacks and provide security frameworks and processes to protect confidential data like passwords and client information. 

At Kensho, we believe in flexibility-first, and give our employees the opportunity to work from where they feel most productive and engaged (must be in the United States). We also value in-person collaboration, so there may be times when travel to one of our Kensho hubs (NY/DC/MA) will be required for team meetings or company events.

What You'll Do:

  • Design and implement security controls and policies across Kensho and provide oversight to ensure compliance
  • Analyze and recommend security practices and tools for engineering teams to incorporate into the software development lifecycle
  • Knowledge of e2e application frameworks to execute security reviews and uncover vulnerabilities
  • Directly interface with customer infosec teams, lawyers, external security researchers as well as internal partners to ensure that Kensho maintains a best-in-class security envelope
  • Design and implement policies for third party vendor screening and dependency management
  • Implement procedures to respond to and recover from security incidents
  • Monitor Kensho’s networks and systems for potential intrusions and investigate anomalous behavior
  • Perform static and dynamic vulnerability assessments of applications using commercial and open source tools such as Fortify, Bandit, WebInspect and OWASP Zap

What We Look For:

  • Three or more years of experience as a security engineer
  • Experience securing modern web applications and distributed data infrastructure in a cross-team setting
  • Strong understanding of cryptography and current best practices
  • Experience with penetration testing tools, techniques and methodologies and understanding of common vulnerabilities and remediation strategies
  • One or more years experience writing code in Python, Javascript, Java, or GoFamiliarity with core networking concepts and standard protocols such as TCP, UDP, and HTTP
  • Prior experience working with enterprise security technologies such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, AntiVirus/EDR, or Security Information and Event Management systems
  • Ability to apply risk management tools and methodologies
  • Experience conducting or facilitating IT security audits
  • Familiarity with security models for cloud providers such as AWS, Azure and GCP

How To Really Grab Our Attention:

  • Experience securing services and applications running on Kubernetes
  • Experience working with Jenkins, Terraform, LinkerD, Vault, or Okta
  • Participation in CTFs or bug bounty programs
  • Open source project contributions showing innovation and initiative
  • Hedge fund or major financial institution trading experience
  • Relevant research, publications, and patents

At Kensho, we pride ourselves on providing top-of-market benefits, including:
 
- Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance 
- 100% company paid premiums
- Unlimited Paid Time Off
- 26 weeks of 100% paid Parental Leave (paternity and maternity)
- 401(k) plan with 6% employer matching
- Generous company matching on donations to non-profit charities
- Up to $20,000 tuition assistance toward degree programs, plus up to $4,000/year for ongoing professional education such as industry conferences
- Plentiful snacks, drinks, and regularly catered lunches
- Dog-friendly office (CAM office)
- In-office gyms and showers (CAM, DC)
- Bike sharing program memberships
- Compassion leave and elder care leave
- Mentoring and additional learning opportunities
- Opportunity to expand professional network and participate in conferences and events 
 
About Kensho
Kensho uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualization techniques to solve some of the hardest analytical problems and create breakthrough financial intelligence solutions for our parent company, S&P Global. 
 
Kensho was founded in 2013 by Harvard & MIT alums and was acquired by S&P Global in 2018. Kensho continues to operate as a startup in order to maintain our distinct, independent brand and to promote our breakthrough, innovative culture. Our team of Kenshins enjoy a dynamic and collaborative work environment that runs autonomously from S&P, while leveraging the unparalleled breadth and depth of data and resources available as part of S&P Global. As Kenshins, we pride ourselves on maintaining an innovative culture that depends on diversity and inclusion.
 
We are an equal opportunity employer that welcomes future Kenshins with all experiences and perspectives. Kensho is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in New York City, and Washington D.C. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.
 

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Technology we use

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Location

Kensho is located in the heart of Harvard Square within walking distance to shops, restaurants, bars and public transportation.

An Insider's view of Kensho Technologies

How would you describe the company’s work-life balance?

Customized. Here at Kensho, we understand that everyone is different from one another and have different schedules and people can be successful whether they start at 7 or 11 AM or have to go pick up their child from school, run to a doctor's appointment, or get that mid day run in. We strongly encourage taking Friday afternoons to yourself as well!

Bryan Menduke

Head of Talent Acquisition

What are Kensho Technologies Perks + Benefits

Kensho Technologies Benefits Overview

Kensho provides an extremely comprehensive and generous benefits package to employees. Unlimited time off, 100% benefits premiums paid for, paid parental leave and 401k match just to name a few. Kensho wants the best for its employees and the benefits package reflects that 10 fold.

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily sync
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Vision Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Health Insurance Benefits
Kensho pays 100% of premiums and with the only cost to employees being deductibles and co-pays.
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Kensho offers 12 weeks paid parental leave.
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Kensho provides weekly lunch on Thursdays.
Happy Hours
Kensho provides weekly happy hours on Friday afternoons.
Pet Friendly
Kensho employees can bring their dogs to work on the second floor.
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications

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