Sep 23 2019

Introducing Our Security Team

By Meta Careers
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Billions of people around the world use Facebook to connect with their friends, families, and communities. Our Security team helps make sure our platforms offer safe environments for people to message loved ones, build businesses, raise funds for causes they believe in, and more. Supporting our global community is a tremendous responsibility that requires continuous improvement of and investment in our tools and talent. People who work on our Security team use the latest technology and collaborate with others across our world-class team to solve problems of unprecedented scale.

How We Work

At Facebook, we take what’s called a “defense-in-depth” approach to security. This means we layer a number of protections to make sure we prevent and address vulnerabilities in our code from multiple angles. The Security team responds to security issues and proactively looks for opportunities and new ways to strengthen our defenses so we can counter emerging threats and stay ahead of our adversaries.
From building the coding frameworks to help engineers build secure code to developing automated detection tools to help spot bugs at scale to running one of the oldest bug bounty programs in the industry to working alongside product teams to build security into each feature, our team is committed to finding, fixing, and preventing bugs across our platform.

Security Engineering

Our Security Engineering organization is centralized around four areas: prevention; detection and response; measurement and validation; and program and operations. Our prevention pillar proactively reduces a potential attacker’s ability to compromise our data or systems. Our detection and response pillar is focused on identifying and responding to threats. The measurement and validation pillar independently evaluates our prevention, detection, and response efforts to ensure they are in line with our risk, and avoid regression. Lastly, our program and operations pillar streamlines communication, drives engagement, and optimizes processes for both internal and external security initiatives.


From security engineers and data scientists to penetration testers and forensics engineers, our team comprises people with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. The Security team is dispersed across Facebook's offices around the world—London, Seattle, New York, Singapore, and Washington DC—to ensure we approach every challenge with a global view and can make an impact at scale and around the clock. But all our Security teams have one thing in common: we’re all working to create a safe and secure community.

Preparing For the Future

The Security organization at Facebook is focused on evolving and innovating our defenses to support Facebook’s mission of giving people the power to build community and bringing the world closer together. Our focus on finding, fixing, and preventing security issues has allowed us to continuously scale our defenses as Facebook has grown to support billions of people connecting with one another. And because we know that security work is never 100% finished, our Security team continues to innovate as the Facebook community grows.

Meet a Few of Our Leaders

="Pedro standing indoors"
“Billions of people use Facebook and its family of products to connect with each other across multiple platforms every day. We have a responsibility to build secure services that keep their data safe. Doing this at a global scale across traditional and emerging platforms is challenging, and we embed ourselves across the company to ensure data protections are built into our code and products. Our central security teams focus on eliminating large classes of problems, in addition to solving individual ones, that make every engineer more effective at keeping security issues at bay. This work is incredibly creative—we look at a problem from every angle, whether it's building detection and prevention tools or implementing practices and protocols for fixing vulnerabilities when we find them.” —Pedro C., VP, Security and Privacy Engineering
="Rachel standing indoors at the bottom of a stairway"
“I love working on security at Facebook because I can experience how it makes the world a better place first-hand. Whenever I see people on the bus using Facebook, I know I’ve stopped bugs that could cause harm. It makes me feel proud every time. I recently had the opportunity to help train a new static analysis tool that can find security bugs automatically. This helps us secure the platform faster than ever before, and it’s because of the work I’ve done. My advice to other people who want to work in security is this: be prepared to jump into the things you’re passionate about. In this industry, you really can’t do better than protecting people on Facebook.” —Rachel E., Security Partner, Facebook
="Ted sitting in a chair inside a Facebook office"
My goal as a security engineering manager is to support security engineers in building high impact projects, to provide engineering mentorship, and to clear off any roadblocks so security engineers can scale their impact, leading to safer code development. I'm most excited about building out this team in our New York office.” —Ted R., Engineering Manager
Joining Facebook’s Security team is an opportunity to not only strengthen your skills and gain unique experiences, but also to have direct impact on the safety and security of people on a global scale. Learn more about careers in security and apply here.
Cover art by David Choe through Facebook Artist in Residence Program

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