Staff Security Engineer, Detection and Response Engineering at Twilio (Remote)

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Join the team as our next Staff Security Engineer, Detection and Response Engineering 

Who we are & why we’re hiring

Twilio powers real-time business communications and data solutions that help companies and developers worldwide build better applications and customer experiences.

Although we're headquartered in San Francisco, we're on a journey to becoming a globally antiracist company that supports diversity, equity & inclusion wherever we do business. We employ thousands of Twilions worldwide, and we're looking for more builders, creators, and visionaries to help fuel our growth momentum.

About the job

The Threat Detection and Response team is looking for a Staff Security Engineer who is passionate about solving the business’s toughest technical-security challenges; you will work closely with Security, R&D Engineering and R&D Business teams to develop scalable processes and technical solutions.

You will be a member of a Security Engineering team that works closely with the Business Information Security Officer (BISO) that serves one of Twilio’s Business Units (BUs), charged with maturing and scaling the Security Incident Response function across that BU’s product portfolio. This means you will tackle tough security challenges, leading short- and long-term Security engineering initiatives, which will result in full detection-and-response coverage of internal and external information-security threats.

You will help lead a team of deeply technical Security Engineers to focus on creating bespoke and standard Security tooling, enhancing our capabilities for threat mitigation and incident response, and then automating as much as you possibly can (and more)! You will help us to grow our global, scaled team and program. 


In this role, you’ll:

  • Be an Owner: Lead and participate in daily operations tasks including architecting and developing well-engineered and performant detective tooling and automation, participating in applications/systems threat modeling, and participating in Incident Response activities when needed
  • Write It Down: Work directly with BUs and Security stakeholders to align the Detection and Response team’s vision and strategy, while engaging the team to develop and ship specific, multi-year roadmaps, programs, and projects, ensuring prioritization, resourcing, and timely delivery of work within a changing business environment
  • Wear the customer’s shoes: Partner with our BISO to influence other teams to solve challenges related to a broad spectrum of threat actors and activity
  • Ruthlessly Prioritize: Establish and maintain key partnerships with BUs, proactively identifying areas that would most benefit the improvement of our business, inclusive of the Incident Response program
  • Don’t Settle: Challenge the status quo; perform technology research, security research, and architecture reviews needed for a thorough understanding of the Twilio platform to understand what we are defending and how best to defend it
  • Draw the Owl: Building systems and services to make the most complex security problems simple and frictionless
  • Empower Others: Build, cultivate, and maintain positive relationships with internal customers to identify and facilitate solutions to increase the impact of the team’s work
  • Be Inclusive: Coach, mentor, support, and care for the team in a way that enables long-term career development, happiness, and success at scale

Not all applicants will have skills that match a job description exactly. Twilio values diverse experiences in other industries, and we encourage everyone who meets the required qualifications to apply. While having “desired” qualifications make for a strong candidate, we encourage applicants with alternative experiences to also apply. If your career is just starting or hasn't followed a traditional path, don't let that stop you from considering Twilio. We are always looking for people who will bring something new to the table!


  • Proven experience: ~7+years of engineering in a production-cloud environment 
  • Subject-matter expert on security issues and technologies
  • Full-stack software developer
  • Advanced knowledge of service-oriented architectures, as well as experience with security tools and technologies fit for a cloud environment
  • Expert-level experience in AWS, advanced level experience with GCP or Kubernetes
  • Experience working across a technology stack on difficult security challenges and initiatives
  • Experience with SIEM platforms and the ability to extend their functionality
  • Experience with SOAR tools and automating manual security processes
  • Experience with infrastructure as code, such as Terraform or Pulumi
  • Experience in at least 1 compiled, and 1 interpreted language
  • Experience in either AWS, GCP, or other large cloud platform 
  • Proficiency in multiple functional security domains (e.g. operations, engineering, risk management, architecture)
  • Strong business acumen and business-relationship skills


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to influence and build effective working relationships with every level of the organization.
  • MS in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related technical discipline or equivalent experience


This role will be based in our remotely

Approximately no travel is anticipated except for team-related events.

What We Offer

There are many benefits to working at Twilio, including, in addition to competitive pay, things like generous time-off, ample parental and wellness leave, healthcare, a retirement savings program, and much more. Offerings vary by location.

Twilio thinks big. Do you?

We like to solve problems, take initiative, pitch in when needed, and are always up for trying new things. That's why we seek out colleagues who embody our values — something we call Twilio Magic. Additionally, we empower employees to build positive change in their communities by supporting their volunteering and donation efforts.

So, if you're ready to unleash your full potential, do your best work, and be the best version of yourself, apply now!

If this role isn't what you're looking for, please consider other open positions.

*Please note this role is open to candidates outside of Colorado as well. The information below is provided for those hired in Colorado only.

*If you are a Colorado applicant:

  • The estimated pay range for this role, based in Colorado, is $160,080 - $200,100
  • Non-Sales: Additionally, this role is eligible to participate in Twilio's equity plan.

The successful candidate’s starting salary will be determined based on permissible, non-discriminatory factors such as skills, experience, and geographic location within the state. This role is also eligible to participate in Twilio’s equity plan and for the following benefits: health care insurance, 401(k) retirement account, paid sick time, paid personal time off, paid parental leave.

More Information on Twilio
Twilio operates in the Productivity industry. The company is located in San Francisco, CA, Washington, DC, Atlanta, GA, Mountain View, CA, San Francisco, CA, Redwood City, CA, Irvine, CA, Denver, CO and New York, NY. Twilio was founded in 2008. It has 6355 total employees. To see all 420 open jobs at Twilio, click here.
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