AppD Director of Security Engineering

  • Location:
    San Francisco, California, US
  • Area of Interest
    Information Technology
  • Job Type
  • Technology Interest
    Cloud and Data Center, Security
  • Job Id

AppD InfoSec, Director of Security Engineering


About Us

AppDynamics is an application performance monitoring solution that provides real-time visibility and insight into applications and their environments. With our unique solution, you can take the right action at precisely the right time with automated anomaly detection, rapid root-cause analysis, and a unified view of your entire application ecosystem, including private and public clouds. Using AppDynamics, you’ll finally align IT, DevOps, Engineering, and the business around the information that helps you protect your bottom line and deliver magnificent customer experiences.


What You'll Do

The Director of Security Engineering will drive the rapid maturity of our foundational security capabilities. At the summary level, this means assessing and then implementing and/or tuning the processes and tools supporting Application Security, Cloud Security, Network Security, and IT Security. As key leader within the InfoSec team, you will also assist with the on-going development and execution of the InfoSec strategy as AppD evolves its products and services.


Who You'll Work With

Reporting to the CISO, you will partner and work cross-functionally with peers across the Product and Engineering organization. This includes, but is not limited to teams such as - Product Reliability Engineering (PRE), Services Reliability Engineering (SRE), Technical Operations (TechOps), Build and Release Engineering (BARE), and IT. This also includes peer all groups within Information Security, with particular emphasis on Security Architecture and Product Security.


Who You Are

As the Director of Security Engineering, you will be expected to deliver to responsibilities leveraging the leadership and technical management experience as listed below.  


Core Responsibilities

  • Assessing and improving our SCA, DAST, and SAST platforms, inclusive of integration and effective utilization with all development and release teams per the AppD SDL

  • Assessing and improving our cloud automation, systems deployment, and service platforms alongside our SRE and TechOps 

  • Collaborating and enabling security capabilities and services within the processes operated by BARE and PRE  

  • Collaborating with IT and TechOps to establish and manage network security boundaries within our Corporate Operating and Production Cloud spaces

  • Collaborating with IT to establish and manage our RBAC, SSO, and Strong Authentication capabilities across the Corporate and Production work spaces

  • Collaborating and partnering across AppD and Cisco InfoSec teams to enable, implement, maintain, and/or manage the security platforms needed to protect the AppD operating environment, and its products and services

  • Leading a team of senior and staff security engineers spanning Application Security and Cloud Security to deliver security services within current and future scope (considering operational and product growth)

  • Developing and enabling IT and Network Security capabilities leveraging existing resources and/or building and driving the business cases for team growth to do so



  • 10+ years of experience within Information Security as an engineer or operator in either/or/all of Application Security, Cloud Security, Enterprise Security, Identity & Access Management, and Network Security 

  • 5+ years of leadership/management experience within an Information Security organization; you are expected to technically lead and influence cross-functional (within Product & Engineering) strategies

  • Certification (e.g. AWS Solutions Architect, AWS Security Specialty, Certified Kubernetes Security Specialist, Docker Certified Associate) or equivalent experience with cloud platforms, cloud services, and microservices such as AWS, Docker, Kafka, and Kubernetes strongly preferred, but not required 

  • Demonstrated ability to provide thought leadership, structured problem solving, and effectively influence cross-functional organizations

  • Adept at balancing intense short-term pressures with overall long-term goals

  • Strong leadership presence, polish, and politically savvy in a matrixed organization

  • Able to convey complex technical concepts in a concise and actionable means to both business and technical leaders

  • Able to drive technical change and implementations alongside engineers and operators 

  • Positive relationship building abilities and player-coach capabilities


Personal Characteristics

You will have a reputation and track record of success as a technical leader with the ability to drive action. You will be strategic and innovative with an external awareness to understand the nuances of implementing security within a technical organization. Utilizing a consultative style, you're experienced in teaching and developing team resources to think strategically and act decisively.


You will possess a player-coach ethos that balances delegation, empowerment , and hands-on problem solving that is exercised within and across the team. You should be able to foster a learning culture within the organization and have confirmed teaming skills with peers so that best operating practices are developed and consistently improved on


And finally, you should have a level of professional maturity to change and adapt to a high-energy, dynamic environment characterized by high growth expectations and a collaborative culture.