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Cloud Security Engineer



Other Engineering
San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, May 11, 2024

Perplexity is seeking an experienced Cloud Security Engineer. You will be a critical hands-on member of the technical staff responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining secure systems to protect the organization's digital assets. You will help ensure the highest level of security across the enterprise while balancing business needs and compliance requirements.

This is an opportunity to join a fast-growing startup and help revolutionize the way people search and interact online.


  • Design, architect, and maintain secure systems, networks, and applications, including cloud-based solutions, to protect against cyber threats
  • Oversee AWS networking, VPN security and package management
  • Conduct vulnerability assessments to identify and remediate vulnerabilities, both internally and externally
  • Define and assess compliance security configurations for hardware, software, and cloud services, ensuring adherence to security governance and compliance frameworks
  • Develop and maintain security documentation, including policies and procedures
  • Collaborate with Engineering to ensure secure coding practices and adherence to strict security guidelines
  • Manage security technology and audit/intrusion systems


  • Knowledge of cloud cybersecurity best practices and ability to stay current on industry changes
  • Strong background in AWS, Linux, shell scripting, and networking knowledge
  • Experience with security technologies such as VPNs, SIEM, IDS/IPS, firewalls, and vulnerability management tools
  • Familiarity with security governance and compliance standards (e.g., SOCII, CIS Benchmarks, NIST, ISO 27001)
  • Understanding of application security principles and secure coding practices
  • Experience with developing and implementing security procedures and policies
  • Strong problem-solving, project management, leadership and communication skills
  • Experience with compliance solutions such as Drata
  • Proven track record in similar roles
  • Self-motivated with a willingness to take ownership of tasks
  • 4+ years of industry experience

Nice to haves

  • Experience with internal IT security best practices
  • Experience with CloudFlare
  • Experience with Terraform

The compensation range for this role is $180K - $230K

At Perplexity, we've experienced tremendous growth and adoption since publicly launching the world's first fully functional conversational answer engine just over a year ago. Our AI-powered search assistant has amassed 10 million monthly active users as of early 2024, with our mobile apps installed over 1 million times across iOS and Android devices. In 2023 alone, we served over 500 million queries from users around the globe.

To support our rapid expansion, we've raised significant funding from some of the most respected investors in technology. In January 2024, we raised $73.6 million in a Series B round led by IVP, with participation from NVIDIA, Jeff Bezos' investment fund, NEA, Databricks, and other prominent firms. We followed that up with a $62.7 million Series B1 round in April 2024 led by Daniel Gross, valuing Perplexity at over $1 billion.
Our prominent investor base includes IVP, NEA, Jeff Bezos, NVIDIA, Databricks, Bessemer Venture Partners, Elad Gil, Nat Friedman, Naval Ravikant, Tobi Lutke, and many other visionary individuals.

Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors, including, experience and expertise, and may vary from the amounts listed above.
Equity: In addition to the base salary, equity is part of the total compensation package.
Benefits: Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your dependents. Includes a 401(k) plan.