Secure Hardware System Architect, Platform Architecture

Cupertino, California, United States


Role Number:200528357
Are you a big-picture visionary who understands how each element affects all the others? At Apple, our Platform Architecture group is responsible for connecting our hardware, software, and servers into one unified system. You’ll join a team of architects who are dedicated to securing the world’s most advanced consumer devices. Our products are trusted for storing personal data, and our goal is to better safeguard our users. We're looking for talented and inspired individuals to help raise the bar on the security of Apple's products. In this role, you will develop threat models that define platform level security requirements for new products and drive adoption of platform level security architectures incorporating hardware, software, and server elements, ensuring that we continuously enhance the security of Apple products. Together, our work will be the reason millions of customers feel they can trust their devices every single day.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to analyze industry and regulatory trends and work with relevant business stakeholders in order to define overall security policy direction for product designs
  • Ability to effectively lead cross-functional initiatives and drive alignment among senior executive leadership
  • Initiative to provide architectural guidance to teams lacking resident security expertise
  • Breadth to work cross-functionally with Privacy, Safety, Service, Manufacturing, Software, and Product Development teams to resolve system-level security issues
  • Strong written and oral communications skills across multiple levels, including senior executive leadership
  • Ability to critically analyze security properties of a system in order to build a comprehensive threat model (e.g. familiarity with common threat modeling methodologies such as STRIDE)
  • Knowledge of basic cryptographic principles (e.g., symmetric vs asymmetric crypto, encryption vs authentication)
  • Ability to read hardware block diagrams and system schematics
  • Familiarity with common programming languages and silicon RTL schematics a plus


As a member of Platform Architecture, you will: Collaborate with business, legal, support, and product development teams to define security policy for current and future product designs.
 Drive alignment on key security initiatives at the senior executive level and lead cross-functional teams throughout the product development cycle to resolve system-level issues without sacrificing product security or impacting world class product design. Develop threat models and associated security architectures for exciting new Apple products and technologies, derive system security requirements, and design balanced and novel mitigations in creative collaboration with iconic product and engineering teams. Develop detailed system-level specifications to guide product development, integration, and quality assurance teams in the creation of golden unit tests, reference data, and sample libraries to aid integration of our security technologies across team boundaries (e.g. client/server). Collaborate with other security engineers, architects, and researchers across Apple including software, hardware, silicon, server, and product groups on this high-visibility team. Drive security requirements and architecture into external vendor provided silicon. Use a wide range of interpersonal and technical skills to champion adoption of our industry leading security technologies across multiple product categories. Identify emerging threats, new attacks, and mitigation techniques as the external landscape evolves.

Education & Experience

BS and a minimum of 20 years relevant industry experience. MSEE/CE preferred.

Additional Requirements

Pay & Benefits