Application Security Architect - Architecture and Velocity

Seattle, Washington, United States
Software and Services


Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number:200379274
The Apple Media Products Engineering team is one of the most exciting examples of Apple’s long-held passion for combining art and technology. These are the people who power the App Store, Apple TV, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple Books. And they do it on a massive scale, meeting Apple’s high expectations with high performance to deliver a huge variety of entertainment in over 35 languages to more than 150 countries. These engineers build secure, end-to-end solutions. They develop the custom software used to process all the creative work, the tools that providers use to deliver that media, all the server-side systems, and the APIs for many Apple services. Thanks to Apple’s unique integration of hardware, software, and services, engineers here partner to get behind a single unified vision. That vision always includes a deep commitment to strengthening Apple’s privacy policy, one of Apple’s core values. Although services are a bigger part of Apple’s business than ever before, these teams remain small, forward-thinking, and cross-functional, offering greater exposure to the array of opportunities here.

Key Qualifications

  • Proven experience in application architecture and security. Deep understanding of services oriented architecture, building internet-scale, distributed and critical services.
  • Extensive knowledge of Java and the Java Ecosystem. Proficiency with Python, Javascript and other scripting languages.
  • Extensive knowledge of security issues faced by internal/external facing applications and ability to articulate their impact on technical and business users
  • Experience with architecture and security reviews, threat modeling applications and identifying areas of risk.
  • Experience securing infrastructure in public cloud (e.g. AWS, Azure, Google Cloud), cloud security/governance tools and cloud native platforms
  • Experience implementing strategies to support secure and compliant architectures. Knowledge of network architectures, topologies and concepts (Firewalls, LB, WAF, CDN, VPC, ACL)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication. Ability to scale by evangelising your work to leadership and engineers including writing requirements and solid technical guides.
  • Familiar with compliance regulations e.g. PCI, GDPR, SOC2, SOX
  • An affinity and experience with an automation and development based approach to security.
  • Ability to collaborate with multi-functional teams located in different timezones to drive fixes and alignment to established policies.
  • You thrive by identifying meaningful work and doing it without explicit direction.


The security architect will work with other security leads to define org's security program, measure adherence, suggest/implement changes, present to steering committee and engineering teams. We partner closely with engineering teams and other security teams to build a consolidated roadmap of security improvements. We work with engineering teams during design to build secure services, conduct security architecture reviews of the application stack, including applications built on cloud and emerging technologies, provide SME support, security guidance and mentoring, help others evaluate new platforms, technologies and patterns. As an architect you will be also working with other architects and engineers to design/develop tooling and framework components to allow easy adoption of security best practices e.g. auth, transport encryption, tracing. We also have a close partnership with the central information security team to prioritize and address open issues and plan for security initiatives, red teaming and compliance audits. As a security architect you have to stay on top of industry trends and threats/vulnerabilities. Research the latest security standard methodologies, trends, threats and vulnerabilities, and technology frameworks, use your expertise to reason about risk in a complex, multi-tier platform environment.

Education & Experience

BS/MS in Computer Science or Equivalent with 10+ years of experience

Additional Requirements