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Security Engineer, Digital Forensics

Company: Google Inc.
Location: Austin
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent practical experience.
  • 4 years of experience with digital forensic analysis. Experience with the threat landscape including attack types and malware capabilities.
  • Experience with security of two or more operating systems (e.g. Android, Linux, Mac OS X, Windows).
  • Coding/scripting experience in one or more general purpose languages.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with, and detailed understanding of, digital forensics and incident response tools such as GRR, Rekall, plaso (log2timeline), The Sleuth Kit (TSK), libyal, Guidance Encase, AccessData FTK, X-Ways Forensics, Cellebrite, Volatility, Mandiant MIR, etc.
  • Experience with reverse engineering or firmware analysis.
  • Experience with digital forensics as part of legal proceedings (e.g. evidence handling, affidavits, testimony)
  • Coding proficiency in Python, Go, C/C++ and/or Java.
  • Demonstrated competence communicating forensic findings to leaders, legal, or the public.

About the job

Security is at the core of Google's design and development process: it is built into the DNA of our products. The same is true of our offices. You're an expert who shares our seriousness about security and our commitment to confidentiality. You'll collaborate with our Facilities Management team to create innovative security strategies, investigate breaches and create risk assessment plans for the future. You believe that providing effective security doesn't come at the expense of customer service - you will be our bodyguard (and our long lost pal).

The Forensics team's core responsibility is to investigate potential information security incidents across Google and Alphabet environments. Members of the team are involved in surfacing and conveying the facts, analyzing root causes and trends of incidents, and working closely with engineers to fix systemic issues. The team builds forensic tooling in support of this goal.

This role will give you the opportunity to perform forensic investigations, investigate potential insider risk cases, external threats, and other risks to Google and Alphabet, in addition to building forensics tools. Scale is a key factor within Google, this means you will be pushing limitations of existing tooling. As part of the Forensics team, you will actively participate in building advanced, large scale, and sometimes highly custom, digital forensic tooling to analyze malicious activity on Google's networks. The focus of our tooling is both internal and open source.

Behind everything our users see online is the architecture built by the Technical Infrastructure team to keep it running. From developing and maintaining our data centers to building the next generation of Google platforms, we make Google's product portfolio possible. We're proud to be our engineers' engineers and love voiding warranties by taking things apart so we can rebuild them. We keep our networks up and running, ensuring our users have the best and fastest experience possible.


  • Participate in a 24/7 global operation that handles Digital Forensics for Google's security and privacy events
  • Evidence collection, dead-box forensics, live/remote analysis, forensic log investigations, DFIR engagements, insider and external compromise cases
  • Participate in and lead large-scale incidents requiring parallel investigations, executive communications, reports, and postmortems
  • Contribute to Google's open source and internal forensic tools
  • Develop new solutions to solve complex forensic and security problems such as: automation, forensics at scale, reversing file formats, analyzing new filesystems, intuitive security frontends and backends

Keywords: Google Inc., Austin , Security Engineer, Digital Forensics, Other , Austin, Texas

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