Hardware Security Engineer

Cisco Meraki

Location: San Francisco, California

Job Type: Full time


At Cisco Meraki, we know that technology can connect, empower, and drive us. Our mission is to simplify technology so our customers can focus on what's most meaningful to them: their students, patients, customers, and businesses. We’re making networking easier, faster, and smarter with technology that simply works.

As a member of the hardware security team, you will have a substantial impact on the security of millions of Meraki users all around the world. You will also take the lead in building new Meraki products by integrating everything from boot-loaders to kernels on prototype hardware. Our device firmware is built on Linux and open-source software. We work individually and in small teams to release several new products each year.

You Will:

  • Collaborate with our Hardware Engineering and Cisco Security teams on component selection relating to secure boot and roots of trust
  • Develop and maintain software for security chips, ranging from Linux device drivers to cloud authentication mechanisms to protect against attacks on hardware systems
  • Design and implement secure hardware architectures
  • Troubleshoot at the hardware and software level when things don’t go quite as planned
  • Collaborate with Platform Engineers across product teams to continually improve our firmware design, development, and deployment practices
  • Work with manufacturing teams to ensure security is maintained throughout the production process
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest emerging hardware security threats and technologies

You Have:

  • 2 plus years of experience with RTL and FPGA designs, preferably with Verilog
  • Understanding of common serial bus protocols like I2C, SPI, and LPC
  • Are comfortable using network protocol analyzers, logic analyzers, hardware debuggers, and source-level debuggers to troubleshoot problems at all layers of the stack
  • Capable of reading and advising on board level designs, schematics, and layouts
  • Skilled at reworking boards and soldering, such as SMT components
  • Building and modifying boot-loaders and device drivers
  • Experience with hardware security techniques and technologies, such as secure boot, crypto modules, and anti-tampering
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills

Bonus If You Have:

  • Proven experience programming in C or C++
  • Experience with integrating Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) and implementing Secure Boot
  • Experience writing device drivers
  • Familiarity with Assembly or Python programming
  • Interests in hardware hacking, reverse engineering, and information security
  • Delight in breaking things in order to uncover security vulnerabilities.

Does this sound like you? We’d love to hear from you!!

We encourage you to drop us a line even if you don’t have all the points above. That’s a lot of different areas of responsibility! We will help you pick them up because we believe that great leaders come from a diverse set of backgrounds.

At Cisco Meraki, we’re challenging the status quo with the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. When we connect different perspectives, we can imagine new possibilities, inspire innovation, and release the full potential of our people. We’re building an employee experience that includes appreciation, belonging, growth, and purpose for everyone.

Cisco is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected basis. Cisco will consider for employment, on a case-by-case basis, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Compensation Range:
$137,900$203,100 USD

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