SEAR - User Secrets Software Engineer

Santa Clara Valley (Cupertino), California, United States
Software and Services


Posted: Sep 28, 2018
Weekly Hours: 40
Role Number: 114338671
The User Secrets team is the part of Apple’s Security Engineering & Architecture organization that protects and shares across devices the most critical information a user relies on, including passwords, encryption keys, and other critical secrets. At the heart of an organization dedicated to giving our customers the most secure experience in the world, the team is looking for a motivated software engineer to help push its technologies to the next level. You will join a team that provides operating system security foundations across all of Apple’s innovative products, including Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple TV. You will contribute to the entire system, from the lowest levels of the device to the services off-device which work together to protect our users. As an engineer, you will have the opportunity to majorly impact the design and implementation of Apple’s embedded and desktop operating system products, collaborating closely with all other security stakeholders, ranging from our Operating System kernel group to our Cloud Services group. You will be a generalist capable of tackling challenging wide-ranging engineering problems anywhere in the software stack, resolving appropriate compromise between several often contending factors such as ease of use, performance, and of course security. Our environment fosters product innovation, rapid product iteration, and a liberating amount of autonomy in which you will be expected to build and quickly bring to market new security methods and technologies to address the complex needs of mobile and distributed computing. Designing and developing software for hundreds of millions of users. Touching the lives of everyone who interacts with an Apple product. Working for a company whose commitment to user privacy is at the heart of everything it does. Being surrounded by the most creative, passionate, talented engineers in the industry. Constantly being challenged to go beyond the norm to find new, innovative ways of solving problems and to make software safer, easier, and more fun to use. Not many jobs can offer all of these things. Software Engineering jobs at Apple do.

Key Qualifications

  • A genuine passion for creating effective and pragmatic security technologies in the operating systems arena
  • Excellent C/C++ programming skills
  • Proven experience developing OS Services or drivers
  • Strong understanding of operating systems internals
  • Industry exposure to and knowledge of OS security and applied cryptography
  • Working cross-functionally with other software, hardware, marketing, and support teams to provide the best security solutions for Apple’s products
  • Excellent teamwork skills. We work with all engineering teams involved in these products, and on all of their code.


- Help define the security properties and architecture for every Apple product - Design and implement new approaches to storing and producing secrets, synchronizing data across devices, and using cryptography to protect data. - Come up with new and innovative ways of increasing security and privacy while preserving ease-of-use and increasing the quality of the user experience - Work cooperatively with other parts of Apple on cross-functional technologies and initiatives to enhance security - Evangelize and drive the adoption of these technologies across the organization

Education & Experience

BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience/skills

Additional Requirements

  • iPhone OS and Mac OS X exposure (end user, administrator, developer)
  • Applied cryptography and key management
  • Involvement in open source technologies and development communities such as FreeBSD and Linux