Staff Engineer - Security Incident Response Team

New York, New York, USA

The Core Security Response team plays a vital role in keeping Datadog safe from security threats by maintaining the stability and integrity of our systems and data. In this role you will work with engineers across Datadog to identify, triage, and effectively respond to a wide array of security threats, ensuring that we contain and regain control as fast as possible. We are also responsible for analyzing and helping Datadog learn from its security incidents, working cross-functionally to ensure we have long-term remediations in place. You will work with other engineers to build tools and systems to help us realize our mission of keeping Datadog safe.

At Datadog, we place value in our office culture - the relationships and collaboration it builds and the creativity it brings to the table. We operate as a hybrid workplace to ensure our Datadogs can create a work-life harmony that best fits them.

What You’ll Do: 

  • Serve as a hand-ons technical leader who is accountable for our security incident response program at Datadog. You can lead by example by joining our security response rotation and setting the standard for responding to threats. 

  • Identify the best strategic investments we need to make to improve security incident response, and work with engineering management to develop a roadmap. Lead the design and implementation of tools, systems, and programs to improve our IR capabilities and strengthen Datadog’s overall security posture.

  • Coach and mentor team members in day-to-day activities and serve as an ambassador for the team across Datadog to advocate our mission.

  • Collaborate with cross functional teams across the company to ensure our work is delivering continuous business value and aligning well with existing processes. Work with other security teams to develop strategies and prioritize work to prevent future security incidents.

  • Investigate, contain and remediate security threats to the company when an incident is declared. Lead under pressure, make decisions in ambiguous situations, and collaborate across several teams to drive towards resolution.

  • Triage automated alerts and signals in Datadog Cloud SIEM so we can respond to emergent threats that affect Datadog’s security. Work with our Threat Detection team to tune and calibrate these signals so they’re maximizing value.

  • Conduct post-incident analysis to allow Datadog to learn from its security incidents, ensuring postmortems are blameless and actionable. Ensure we are capturing follow-up items that repairs systematic issues and prevents repeated patterns of issue.

  • Create regular training and drills for the incident response team to ensure readiness in the event of a security incident. Participate in purple team exercises, tabletops and cross-functional game days with other security teams. 

  • Stay up-to-date with the latest security trends, threats and technologies to ensure Datadog is prepared to respond to any type of security incident.

Who You Are: 

  • Around 10 years experience in security incident response positions dealing with cloud environments, especially for incidents involving multiple teams and departments. 

  • You have several years of experience leading cross-team initiatives involving multiple teams, ideally bridging the security engineering and infrastructure domains; and you have a strong track record of delivering projects with business value.

  • Strong understanding of security technologies and systems, including firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and authentication systems.

  • Familiarity with Kubernetes and distributed systems in the cloud, along with an understanding of their potential failure scenarios, vulnerabilities and threats that might affect them.

  • Strong understanding of cloud technologies and hands-on experience with AWS, GCP, and/or Azure.

  • Experience with post-incident analysis and writing postmortems to help the organization learn from incidents. An ability to work cross-functionally to identify and solve systemic problems.

  • Experience building and maintaining tools to assist with incident response and other security tasks. We mainly use Go and Python.

  • Strong ownership and an ability to work outside your comfort zones to return Datadog to a stable state when failure does occur, even if it falls outside team boundaries.

  • Empathy, collaboration, and excellent communication skills to cultivate strong relationships across various teams in the organization.

  • You have the ability to understand and work within complex, large environments.



Datadog offers a competitive salary and equity package, and may include variable compensation. Actual compensation is based on factors such as the candidate's skills, qualifications, and experience. In addition, Datadog offers a wide range of best in class, comprehensive and inclusive employee benefits for this role including healthcare, dental, parental planning, and mental health benefits, a 401(k) plan and match, paid time off, fitness reimbursements, and a discounted employee stock purchase plan.

The reasonably estimated yearly salary for this role at Datadog is:
$234,000$300,000 USD

About Datadog: 

Datadog (NASDAQ: DDOG) is a global SaaS business, delivering a rare combination of growth and profitability. We are on a mission to break down silos and solve complexity in the cloud age by enabling digital transformation, cloud migration, and infrastructure monitoring of our customers’ entire technology stacks. Built by engineers, for engineers, Datadog is used by organizations of all sizes across a wide range of industries. Together, we champion professional development, diversity of thought, innovation, and work excellence to empower continuous growth. Join the pack and become part of a collaborative, pragmatic, and thoughtful people-first community where we solve tough problems, take smart risks, and celebrate one another. Learn more about #DatadogLife on Instagram, LinkedIn, and Datadog Learning Center.

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