Information Security Engineer

Palo Alto, CA, USA · San Francisco Bay Area, CA, USA
Posted on Monday, June 10, 2024

About xAI

xAI’s mission is to create AI systems that can accurately understand the universe and aid humanity in its pursuit of knowledge.

Our team is small, highly motivated, and focused on engineering excellence. This organization is for individuals who appreciate challenging themselves and thrive on curiosity. Engineers are encouraged to work across multiple areas of the company, and as a result, all engineers and researchers share the title "Member of Technical Staff."

We operate with a flat organizational structure. All employees are expected to be hands-on and to contribute directly to the company’s mission. Leadership is given to those who show initiative and consistently deliver excellence. Work ethic and strong prioritization skills are important.

All engineers and researchers are expected to have strong communication skills. They should be able to concisely and accurately share knowledge with their teammates.

xAI does not have recruiters. Every application is reviewed directly by a technical member of the team.

About the Role

We’re looking for an experienced and versatile Information Security Leader who can thrive in a dynamic start-up environment. You will be establishing and leading efforts from the ground up.


  • Audit the existing environments to determine the current state of affairs
  • Build the 0 to 1 foundations of a world class information security organization while providing hands on support to accredit, implement, and deploy solutions.
  • Create solutions that are scalable, repeatable, maintainable and secure to protect highly valuable intellectual property and data
  • Prevent data loss to outside organizations, both onshore and offshore
  • Build an insider threat program to monitor internal usage or abuse of data
  • Write policy, procedure, and standards on the proper secure deployment and maintenance of our information technology systems that are in compliance with multiple governing laws and regulations.
  • Serve as the subject matter expert (SME) for all things security related, maintaining documentation on them and advising cross functional teams on the underlying technologies and operations.
  • Develop a security plan for a comprehensive threat model focused on preventing unauthorized access and theft of the model’s weights.
  • Engage advanced third-party red-teaming that reasonably simulates relevant threat actors.

Ideal Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Security, Information Technology, or a related field.
  • 8+ years of experience in information security, with 3+ years of experience operating either as a leader or principal level individual contributor
  • Possesses a wide variety of knowledge around several security concepts, including network security, infra security, endpoint security, information access management, data security and application security
  • Deep knowledge of both insider and outsider threat detection.
  • Extensive knowledge of cloud security technologies (AWS, GCP, OCI, etc.)
  • Hands on experience with creating security policies from scratch
  • Strong knowledge of mobile device management and asset management
  • Ability to create and deploy bug bounty programs
  • Experienced in navigating large, complex, interactive systems

Annual Salary Range

$180,000 - $370,000 USD