Software Engineer, Mobile Security

  • San Francisco, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

We work to guarantee the security of every transaction from dip and tap to receipt. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that there is no possible way to use Square insecurely. In the Mobile Security group, we work to fluidly interpret signals from what could be a compromised or hostile environment - the OS and app running our code. We build workflows, both human and machine, to swiftly judge the requests for privilege that come with those signals, and we hunt the malefactor where they work.

An example of this is our work to support and validate PIN-on-Glass, the ability of our apps to receive entry of a customer PIN after an EMV card dip into our reader. This is a constrained and sensitive transaction, controlled previously entirely by the banking industry, into which we were not only able to introduce our low-cost, easy-access product, but to also influence the industry itself and its newest standards.

We look for software engineers who understand both security and the human cost of securing a digital border. We need people who recognize that a false positive is a frustrated customer, that an engineer's investigations are a limited commodity, and that threats are not always what they seem. We cannot succeed without elegant and scalable tooling, which is what you will build.

You will:

  • Contribute to projects that span the following
    • Signals processing and secure operations on mobile devices
    • Security incident review
    • Information flow and efficiency modeling
    • Case management user interfaces and backends
    • Applied machine learning in security contexts
    • Native library development for Android and iOS apps

Qualifications

You have:

  • 3+ years of industry experience
  • A background in software engineering with a deep passion for making all things efficient
  • Examples of secure and elegant software development on production systems
  • Experience developing, deploying, and monitoring systems for managing and scaling security investigations, judgements, and actions

Additional Information

At Square, we value diversity and always treat all employees and job applicants based on merit, qualifications, competence, and talent. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at)squareup.com. We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Perks

At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources