Cloud Security Researcher

At Okta, we’re always innovating across the entire identity landscape, and our customers are always asking to do more with us. As the pace of change in the cloud continues at a rapid pace, the ability to move fast is a competitive advantage. To fuel this continuous innovation, Okta has created an incubator program called OktaX, building and nurturing new brands, products, and businesses from the ground up. These projects are given the freedom and flexibility to build independently like a startup, with the stability and support of the larger Okta organization – the best of both worlds!

IAM Pulse is the inaugural team within the OktaX incubator program, laser focused on making cloud infrastructure security simple and accessible for the practitioners who interface with it. With such a grand vision, we’re looking to assemble an amazing team of strategic go-getters with a relentless focus on execution. 

As a Cloud Security Researcher, you will perform in-depth technical analysis of IAM related scenarios across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure, documenting and presenting in consumable formats fit for our community & customer audience, as well as our internal product & engineering team. This is a unique opportunity to get in at the ground level for a highly visible and expansive career opportunity, with an incredible support system in the Okta organization.


Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Use your understanding of each provider's IAM specifications, and how policies are applied and evaluated in practice to inform our community, product and team's efforts
  • Document and explain key areas of interest for technical practitioners on the job – focus on security, resilience, availability, performance, and cost
  • Build and deploy tools that inspect or automate IAM functions across the major providers – contribute open source software where applicable
  • Collaborate with our core product & engineering team to highlight common scenarios and critical vulnerabilities for us to focus our solutions on
  • Contribute technical content, written or presented, on our community site and other external publications & channels
  • Maintain an ongoing pulse of news, documentation, and product developments from the major cloud providers and the surrounding cloud ecosystem


Expected Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Proven experience working hands-on in a security and/or operational role across AWS, GCP, or Azure
  • Fundamental understanding of IAM services, and the entities & relationships they represent
  • Proficiency in scripting languages such as Python, CLIs, and cloud APIs
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, and the ability to prepare and present highly technical demos


Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced certifications in any one or more of the major cloud providers
  • Published security research and/or open source projects


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