Staff Data Security Engineer


4 months ago


An overview of this role

Data is a critical part of how GitLab provides value to organizations across the globe. Whether we’re talking about software versioned through git and the infinitely diverse conversations that customers have through GitLab issues or the data architectures that enable our AI capabilities, the constant is the need to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of the data customers trust us to protect. In this foundational role, you’ll be responsible for helping set and implement the technical strategy for how GitLab safeguards data within its platform across our three core deployment models: SaaS, Dedicated (single tenant SaaS), and on-prem.

What you’ll do

  • Design and develop comprehensive authentication and authorization frameworks for critical data stores within our SaaS, Dedicated architectures, and other customer-facing applications (like and

  • Help address data infrastructure security challenges for on-premise deployment models.

  • Ensure the overarching security of data infrastructure supporting diverse deployment/product architectures, including:

    • Relational and non-relational databases
    • Object storage (S3, Minio, etc)
    • Clickhouse ( read more).
  • Contribute with security improvements and reviews for Gitaly - Built and maintained by GitLab for git repository storage and retrieval at scale ( read more)

  • Design and develop paved roads for engineering teams for encryption of data in transit and at rest.

  • Design and help implement controls to prevent the commingling of different data types, maintaining appropriate data segregation and integrity.

  • Define protocols and guardrails for internal engineering and support teams when needing access to customer data, ensuring ethical and secure handling.

  • Help lead initiatives for data sanitization to prevent triangulation of individual identities, ensuring privacy and compliance with data protection laws.

  • Design, develop, and improve solutions for Data Loss Prevention

  • Design, develop, and improve solutions for Backups and Disaster Recovery

  • Collaborate across product and engineering teams to continuously improve our data security practices and policies.

What you’ll bring

  • Proven experience in data security engineering and a strong background in deploying secure data solutions across different environments (public cloud, on-prem, etc.).
  • Senior-level experience in software engineering in at least one primary programming language (Ruby, Python, NodeJS, or GoLang).
  • Deep understanding of authn, authz, encryption,data sanitization, data loss prevention and disaster recovery practices
  • Hands-on experience with a diverse set of data technologies, including object storage, relational/non-relational databases, key-value stores, message queues, etc.
  • Familiarity with regulatory compliance and data protection standards (GDPR, CCPA, FedRAMP, HIPAA, etc.).
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to reason about complex data security challenges.
  • Excellent communication skills, capable of working collaboratively in a fully remote, globally distributed team.

About the team

The GitLab infrastructure security team is a small but growing force within the Product Security department. The team is globally distributed and is responsible for safeguarding the infrastructure that powers the GitLab platform, including cloud security, containers, data, and more.

How GitLab will support you

Please note that we welcome interest from candidates with varying levels of experience; many successful candidates do not meet every single requirement. Additionally, studies have shown that people from underrepresented groups are less likely to apply to a job unless they meet every single qualification. If you're excited about this role, please apply and allow our recruiters to assess your application.