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Circle // global crypto finance
Engineering, Full Time    Chicago - will also consider remote in US    Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
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Circle is a global financial technology firm that enables businesses of all sizes to harness the power of digital currency & public blockchains for payments, commerce & financial applications worldwide. Circle's platform has supported over 100 million transactions worth tens of billions of dollars, with nearly 10 million retail customers, over a thousand businesses, while storing & securing more than $5 billion in digital currency assets. Circle is also the creator of USD Coin (USDC), the fastest growing, regulated, dollar, which is quickly approaching 10 billion in circulation, growing over 1000% year over year. Today, Circle's transactional services, business accounts, & platform APIs are giving rise to a new generation of financial services & commerce applications that hold the promise of raising global economic prosperity for all through programmable internet commerce.

What youll be part of:

With the mission To raise global economic prosperity through programmable internet commerce, Circle was founded on the belief that blockchains & digital currency will rewire the global economic system, creating a fundamentally more open, inclusive, efficient & integrated world economy.  We envision a global economy where people & businesses everywhere can more freely connect & transact with each other with new technologies for digital money. We believe such a system can raise prosperity for people & companies everywhere.

What youll be responsible for:

In 2020, Circle unveiled Circle APIs: a set of solutions & smarter technology to help businesses accept payments in a more global, scalable & efficient alternative to traditional banking rails (spoiler: were using USD Coin under the hood).

Over the next 12 months, were going to rapidly grow our API customer base & enable even more businesses to easily integrate & benefit from the breakthrough of programmable money on the internet. 

The Circle Security Team works to protect Circle; our customers, clients, & partners; & the financial markets upon which we rely.  The security team leads the companys programs for information security & cybersecurity, business continuity, & vendor risk management.

As a member of this team, youll lead projects & be responsible for key deliverables of the security program while collaborating across Circle teams.  You will continue to learn & stay current in a fun & rapidly changing environment.

What youll work on:

  • Work with system owners to proactively generate & collect the desired logs & other telemetry
  • Work with system owners to reactively collect event artifacts for investigation as well as to contain, respond to & recover from incidents
  • Configure & maintain security monitoring tools such as antivirus or intrusion detection solutions
  • Use tools such as AWS Athena, AWS GuardDuty, AWS Cloudwatch, AWS Lambda, & ELK to record, monitor, & alert on security events
  • Research & recommend new tools in support of business requirements
  • Respond to incidents & collaborate across teams to investigate & resolve
  • Escalate & report on incidents in accordance with policy & operational requirements
  • Conduct forensics analysis on artifacts collected during incident response
  • Respond to incident reports from various sources
  • Hunt for incidents & identify environment-specific indicators of compromise
  • Take on-call shifts to respond to critical alerts after-hours
  • Support other security team projects such as threat modeling, vulnerability scanning, & audits
  • Support the development & enhancement of controls based on incident response & threat hunting
  • Influence the continuous improvement of the digital forensics & incident response program

You will aspire to our four core values:

  • Multistakeholder - you have dedication & commitment to our customers, shareholders, employees & families & local communities.
  • Mindful - you seek to be respectful, an active listener & to pay attention to detail.  
  • Driven by Excellence - you are driven by our mission & our passion for customer success which means you relentlessly pursue excellence, that you do not tolerate mediocrity & you work intensely to achieve your goals. 
  • High Integrity - you seek open & honest communication, & you hold yourself to very high moral & ethical standards.  You reject manipulation, dishonesty & intolerance.

What youll bring to Circle:

  • Enthusiasm for scalable, reproducible security management 
  • Self-motivated & creative problem-solver able to work independently with minimal guidance
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively across teams during high-stress situations
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities & use good judgement to establish order of priorities on the fly
  • Deep knowledge of SIEM solutions, threat hunting, incident response, & incident management
  • Familiarity with standards such as ISO 27001/27002 or the NIST Cybersecurity Framework desirable
  • Experience working in financial services or financial technology desired
  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, cybersecurity or related field; equivalent experience also accepted 
  • Certifications such as CISSP, GCFA, GNFA, GCIA, GCIH or similar will receive favorable consideration but are not required
  • 3+ years of experience as a security engineer, site reliability engineer, or systems engineer with a minimum of two years (can be overlapping) with a focus on cybersecurity
  • Experience working in an AWS environment required
  • Ability to use Python to automate repetitive tasks

If you find it rewarding to see your work scale through automation, are interested in building something meaningful, & would love to work in an entrepreneurial environment, we cant wait to hear from you.

We are an equal opportunity employer & value diversity at Circle. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. 

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