Software Engineer, WAF at Cloudflare
At Cloudflare, we have our eyes set on an ambitious goal: to help build a better Internet. Today the company runs one of the world’s largest networks that powers approximately 25 million Internet properties, for customers ranging from individual bloggers to SMBs to Fortune 500 companies. Cloudflare protects and accelerates any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare all have web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request. As a result, they see significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks. Cloudflare was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top Company Cultures list and ranked among the World’s Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company.
We realize people do not fit into neat boxes. We are looking for curious and empathetic individuals who are committed to developing themselves and learning new skills, and we are ready to help you do that. We cannot complete our mission without building a diverse and inclusive team. We hire the best people based on an evaluation of their potential and support them throughout their time at Cloudflare. Come join us!
About The Team
We build tools for our customers working mostly in Go and Rust, building one of the key components of Cloudflare for matching traffic at the edge at huge scale (25 million requests per second). We support existing products such as WAF Managed Rules, Firewall Rules and Analytics, Rate Limiting. We are also building new product offerings in areas such as API Security and Data Loss Prevention.
Software engineers will work with security analysts to define managed protection products such as Cloudflare Specials and OWASP, which aim to protect customers against application and network vulnerabilities (L3-L7), by analysing data passing through our network. We also build systems to help customers understand this data themselves.
What you'll do
Working in the security portfolio, that includes the Firewall and Managed Rules, you will take a cross-functional role to ensure we protect our customers from L3-L7 attacks on a variety of levels.
Examples of desirable skills, knowledge and experience
- Prior commercial software development experience
- Solid competencies in practical computer science, applying the right algorithms, data structures, concurrency control systems to software design, and building large, distributed systems
- Proven experience in running high performance and enterprise scale services at pace and at scale whilst maintaining operational stability
- Experience of working with Product teams to balance technical agenda, operation of existing systems and new product development
- Can analyse and communicate complex technical requirements and concepts, identify the highest priority areas, and carve a path to deliver
- Driving communication and consensus across teams
- Experience implementing tools, process, internal instrumentation, methodologies and resolving blockages
- A drive for continuous improvement when it comes to both operations and new product development
These are things which the role is likely to require; we’re happy to help you learn on the job, but prior experience is beneficial
- Deep knowledge of web servers and web protocols
- Distributed systems
- Logging pipelines
- Production API design
- Web security issues and industry standards
What Makes Cloudflare Special?
We’re not just a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company. We’re a highly ambitious, large-scale technology company with a soul. Fundamental to our mission to help build a better Internet is protecting the free and open Internet.
Project Galileo: We equip politically and artistically important organizations and journalists with powerful tools to defend themselves against attacks that would otherwise censor their work, technology already used by Cloudflare’s enterprise customers--at no cost.
Athenian Project: We created Athenian Project to ensure that state and local governments have the highest level of protection and reliability for free, so that their constituents have access to election information and voter registration.
Path Forward Partnership: Since 2016, we have partnered with Path Forward, a nonprofit organization, to create 16-week positions for mid-career professionals who want to get back to the workplace after taking time off to care for a child, parent, or loved one.
18.104.22.168: We released 22.214.171.124 to help fix the foundation of the Internet by building a faster, more secure and privacy-centric public DNS resolver. This is available publicly for everyone to use - it is the first consumer-focused service Cloudflare has ever released. Here’s the deal - we don’t store client IP addresses never, ever. We will continue to abide by our privacy commitment and ensure that no user data is sold to advertisers or used to target consumers.
Sound like something you’d like to be a part of? We’d love to hear from you!
This position may require access to information protected under U.S. export control laws, including the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. Please note that any offer of employment may be conditioned on your authorization to receive software or technology controlled under these U.S. export laws without sponsorship for an export license.
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