Meet Security Engineers at Google

Meet Security Engineers at Google


My name is Fatima and I’m a security
engineer. My name is Gary Brown and I’m a security engineer specializing in
forensics. Security is important because it protects our intellectual property
and it protects our customers and our users. At many companies that I have
interacted with, a security engineer is expected to know all parts of security,
which can be a bit overwhelming, but here at Google you do get to specialize and
become really good at one part of security. In my current role, I gather
evidence to support or refute claims of malicious acts or compromise. So in a
typical day my team will field queries from internal users or weird things that
our detection team has found, and our goal is to investigate them further and
determine whether they are an actual bad thing that has happened or what we call
false positive. I spend quite a bit of time doing research about new security
methodologies, I spend some time coding, and then I spend quite a bit of time
doing analysis, just looking at our team’s detections. I think the culture at
Google, it’s very open. I think people are just generally more free to express
their ideas. What I’ve noticed is that people are just allowed to be themselves
and just, you have your job but you’re also an individual, and you’re allowed to
bring that individual to work. The managers that I’ve interacted with any way they’d much rather have you be happy on another team than unhappy in your
current role. Forensics is my second team. I started on the detection team and
I really appreciate that we have that kind of mobility. Google’s user base is
absolutely huge and to be a member of a relatively small part of the company
that’s entrusted with making sure that our user data is safe—that’s kind of
part of what keeps me going.

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