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Principal Software Engineer, Okta Security Platform (Risk Engine)


Location: United States

Job Type: Full time


About Okta Security Platforms team

Okta’s Security Platforms team builds products and services that keep our customers safe. The products we build protect our customers against attack and abuse. We are a team of Java Developers, Data Scientists, ML engineers that are reimagining what it means to authenticate to cloud resources.

Continuously evaluating risk is critical to gaining trust and achieving security objectives. At Okta, risk plays a critical role in authentication and authorization decisions. The Security Platform team is building a next-gen security and risk platform that continuously assesses the session, device and user security posture to build a risk graph.

About Okta

Okta is an enterprise grade identity management service, built from the ground up in the cloud and delivered with an unwavering focus on customer success. With Okta you can manage access across any application, person, or device. Whether the people are employees, partners, or customers, or the applications are in the cloud, on premises, or on a mobile device, Okta helps you become more secure, make people more productive, and maintain compliance.

The Okta service provides directory services, single sign-on, strong authentication, provisioning, workflow, and built in reporting. It runs in the cloud on a secure, reliable, extensively audited platform and integrates deeply with on premises applications, directories, and identity management systems.

Position Description

Okta is seeking a Principal Engineer to join its Security Platform engineering group. This is an opportunity to build cutting-edge risk-based authentication and authorization system and contribute to the evolution of the core system that allows Okta to enforce them throughout various layers of the Okta platform. The ideal candidate has experience building large scale enterprise software, is passionate about stream processing for a massive volume of event data, and has direct experience utilizing ML models to derive results.

You will share our passion and great pride in elegant solutions and will join an engineering team that strongly believes in designing for scale, rigorous code reviews, automated testing, and an iterative process to build high-quality enterprise software.

Our team is fast, innovative and flexible; with a weekly, agile release cycle and individual ownership. Here is an opportunity to work on stimulating new projects, emerging technologies and the chance to work on complex security and data challenges.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Own the design, development and design of the risk platform end-to-end - from concept design to final implementation.
  • Work with the in-house team of Data Scientists and ML engineers on model design and efficacy analysis. Use iterative and incremental approaches to improve the security outcomes.
  • Influence the direction of the product design and architecture
  • Collaborate with QA, Product Management, Technical Support, Documentation, and TechOps team
  • Conduct design and code reviews. Ensure high programming standards by writing unit and functional tests

Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • 10+ years of strong software development experience in an object oriented language building highly-reliable, mission-critical software (Java preferred)
  • Excellent grasp of software engineering principles
  • Experience working with RDBMS and NoSQL databases, TSDB a plus
  • Experience with stream processing (Storm, Flink) and data ingestion at scale
  • Expertise in creating or extending complex rule systems
  • Experience rolling out microservices at the enterprise scale.

Nice to Haves

  • Experience building anomaly detection systems or risk systems.
  • Experience using Machine Learning systems and ML infrastructure (Kubeflow, Sagemaker etc)
  • Experience in cloud security, identity and/or authentication protocols highly desired

((Colorado, New York and Washington only*) Minimum salary of $180,000/year + bonus + equity + benefits))



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