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Principal Data Security Engineer



Data Science
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2024

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Position Overview

This role guides, defines, and implements the overarching technical data protection strategies and partners across multiple functions as a trusted leader to champion and implement leading data security solutions. You will collaborate with other leaders to shape data security strategies across the company and serves a diverse audience that includes developers and end-users. You will play a crucial role in ensuring that Autodesk's systems and services meet the highest data security standards and align with our industry-leading practices and regulatory requirements. We ask that you have expertise in data security, security engineering, and cloud security that will safeguard data across Autodesk.

This is a technical, hands-on position. You may be located anywhere in the United States. You will report to the Sr. Director, Information Security Engineering.


  • Design and implement, and operationalize solutions to ensure the data security of infrastructure, applications, and system including the selection and deployment of cybersecurity technologies

  • Oversee data security throughout the entire lifecycle of infrastructure and services, from design to runtime

  • Create and establish data security standards, best practices, and assurance processes

  • Build a comprehensive data catalog and implement data governance strategies

  • Collaborate with TPMs and influence users to define and prioritize backlog related to data protection efforts

  • Ensure the data security strategy is aligned with business objectives, reviewed for effectiveness

  • Lead efforts to mature capabilities for data classification and inventory, strengthen security baselines for data protection and handling, and ensure solutions meet rigorous data security and compliance requirements

  • Research new services and emerging technologies that will further enhance the data security capabilities

  • Establish security metrics and define KPIs for data protection programs.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information security, or a related field (Master's degree preferred)

  • 15+ years of experience in information security with a focus on hands-on security engineering, data protection, enterprise security, cloud security, and solutions architecture

  • Data Protection Solutions: Proficiency in designing data protection solutions, such as data security posture management (DSPM), data loss prevention (DLP) systems, encryption technologies, and data masking/anonymization techniques

  • Familiarity with industry-standard data protection frameworks and best practices

  • Identity and Access Management (IAM): In-depth knowledge of IAM principles, including user provisioning, authentication, authorization, and privilege management. Hands-On Experience with IAM technologies, such as LDAP, Active Directory, or identity federation protocols (e.g., SAML, OAuth)

  • Cloud Security: Proficiency in cloud security and experience with cloud service providers (e.g., AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, O365) and SaaS Data Security, knowledge of secure cloud architecture design, cloud data protection mechanisms, and cloud identity and access management (IAM)

  • Programming and Scripting Experience ( Python, PowerShell, Shell Scripting, Ruby, Go)

  • Requires a mixture of security and solutions engineering to create and developsystems and services to operationalize data protection technologies

  • Excel where success hinges on collaborating with multiple partners and aligning teams in making security decisions and implementing solutions

  • Embrace constantly seeking learning opportunities and striving for continuous improvement

  • Work with multiple internal teams


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About Autodesk

Welcome to Autodesk! Amazing things are created every day with our software – from the greenest buildings and cleanest cars to the smartest factories and biggest hit movies. We help innovators turn their ideas into reality, transforming not only how things are made, but what can be made.

We take great pride in our culture here at Autodesk – our Culture Code is at the core of everything we do. Our values and ways of working help our people thrive and realize their potential, which leads to even better outcomes for our customers.

When you’re an Autodesker, you can be your whole, authentic self and do meaningful work that helps build a better future for all. Ready to shape the world and your future? Join us!


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