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Principal Security Engineer

affix - Melbourne, VIC

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Dreaming of that opportunity to design and engineer something from the ground up and champion DevSecOps best practice for an agile engineering and product environment? How about doing this with one of Australia’s leading tech businesses, 99designs?

A little bit about 99designs

99designs is the world’s global creative platform that makes it easy for clients and designers to work together to create designs they love. Its mission is to champion creativity to create opportunities for people around the world. Founded in 2008, 99designs has grown from a small, online forum into a worldwide community of talented designers that is now the go-to solution for businesses, agencies, and individuals.

Why join now?

99designs has entered an exciting period of growth with their acquisition by Vistaprint. 99designs will continue to do their thing, as they always have, but they now have greater resources to support and really drive their scaling. Also, platform complexity creates interesting and meaty technical and governance challenges to solve and a need to implement DevSecOps practices from the ground up.

The techy bits

The 99designs platform consists of a fleet of microservices written in Go, Ruby and PHP with a GraphQL backend-for-frontend aggregation layer and a Typescript/React frontend. 99designs is an early AWS customer, and has been early adopters of Docker, ECS and most recently Fargate as the hosting platform of choice. Supporting the developers in their ability to ship multiple times a day is a large body of Bash based tooling, Buildkite for continuous

deployment and DataDog for observability.

So what’s the role about I hear you ask?

Lots of things! You’ll be joining a highly regarded engineering team in a product development environment, who are evolving their global design platform with customers front and centre. Understanding their ways of work and the environment is first up. And establishing relationships and looking at ways to upskill the engineering team and cement security practices for the ongoing success of the team.

As Principal Security Engineer you will design, engineer, and manage 99designs’ security practices and advocate and empower teams to adopt best practice DevSecOps across the business using the latest security technologies. While you will own security for 99designs, you will have the resources and ability to collaborate closely with the established security team at Vistaprint as needed.

Specifically, you will:

  • Drive security maturity through relationship building and operational perfection
  • Lead DevSecOps partnering with the developers and product teams
  • Develop and deliver consistent automated metrics covering multiple aspects of Cyber Security
  • Work across 99designs and Vistaprint technology promoting common security solutions to common problems
  • Support Tribes in risk identification and remediation via security architecture reviews and threat modelling
  • Help facilitate and drive security compliance 
  • Deliver security education and awareness where required
  • Provide information security subject matter expertise in support of business initiatives 
  • Ensure that platform implementations conform to company security standards and/or industry best practices
  • Provide subject matter expertise for security incidents and breaches
  • Keep abreast of best practice & latest developments in Security

A little bit about you

We are looking for an experienced individual that has ideally worked in a cloud environment (preference for AWS but not essential) with experience building and deploying applications in the cloud using CI/CD frameworks. You will have experience in software development, DevSecOps, cloud security, threat modelling, SAST, DAST. You will not only have an understanding of best practices in security engineering and security applications, it will be your ability to advocate for these within 99designs and upskill the team to ensure their ongoing success that will really set you apart. Experience as a software engineer is preferred and familiarity with numerous programming languages.

Apply online or message me directly if interested at jacqui.roberts@affix.com.au