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 Secure Systems Architect, Platform Architecture - Portland, Oregon, United States

Job information
Posted by: Apple 
Hiring entity type: Retail 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Computers - Software Engineer
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: 200205706 / Latpro-3761213 
Date posted: Nov-07-2020
State, Zip: Oregon, 97201


Secure Systems Architect, Platform Architecture

Portland , Oregon , United States



Posted: Nov 7, 2020

Role Number: 200205706

Are you a big-picture visionary who understands how each element affects all the others? At Apple, our Platform Architecture group is responsible for connecting our hardware, software, and servers into one unified system. You'll join a team of engineers who are dedicated to securing the world's most advanced consumer devices. Our products are trusted for storing personal data, and our goal is to better safeguard our users. We're looking for talented and inspired individuals to help raise the bar on the security of Apple's products. In this role, you will develop threat models that define platform level security requirements for new products and drive adoption of platform level security architectures incorporating hardware, software, and server elements, ensuring that we continuously enhance the security of Apple products. Together, our work will be the reason millions of customers feel they can trust their devices every single day.

Key Qualifications

  • 10-15+ years experience
  • Ability to effectively lead cross-functional initiatives
  • Initiative to provide architectural guidance to teams lacking resident security expertise
  • Breadth to work cross-functionally with Privacy, Safety, Service, Manufacturing, Software, and Product teams to resolve system-level security issues
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to critically analyze security properties of a system via a threat model
  • Knowledge of basic cryptographic principles (e.g., symmetric vs asymmetric crypto, encryption vs authentication)
  • Familiarity with programming and hardware description languages a plus


As a member of Platform Architecture, you will: Lead cross-functional teams throughout the product development cycle to resolve system-level issues without sacrificing product security or impacting world class product design. Develop threat models and associated security architectures for exciting new Apple products and technologies, derive system security requirements, and design balanced and novel mitigations in creative collaboration with iconic product and engineering teams. Collaborate with other security architects and researchers across Apple including software, hardware, silicon, server, and product groups on this high-visibility team. Drive security requirements and architecture into external vendor provided silicon. Use a wide range of skills to champion adoption of our elite security technologies including creation of golden unit tests, reference data, or sample libraries to aid integration across team boundaries (e.g. client/server). Identify emerging threats, new attacks, and mitigation techniques as the external landscape evolves.

Education & Experience

MSEE/CE or equivalent relevant work experience required


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