Remote - US; Remote - Canada; Remote - Ireland

Principal Engineer, Infrastructure Security

Company Description

Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that's transforming the way people work together, from the smallest business to the largest enterprise. With more than 500 million registered users across more than 180 countries, our mission is to design a more enlightened way of working. From our headquarters in San Francisco to eight dedicated Studios and a worldwide team of employees who choose where they work best, our Virtual First approach is leading the way into the future of work.

Team Description

Our Engineering team is working to simplify the way people work together. They’re building a family of products that handle over a billion files a day for people around the world. With our broad mission and massive scale, there are countless opportunities to make an impact.

Dropbox is one place to keep life organized and keep work moving. With more than 600 million registered users across 180 countries, we’re on a mission to design a more enlightened way of working.
Dropbox is now a Virtual First company, which means work outside of an office will be the primary experience for all employees. Being Virtual First also means the location of our employees is targeted but flexible. At Dropbox our customers come first, and we value being worthy of trust, keeping it simple, ownership and making work human. Read more about our culture at We are seeking a Principal Engineer who shares these values to join the Dropbox Security and Abuse team.
This role will report directly to the head of Dropbox’s Infrastructure Security Team that provides services and capabilities to secure Dropbox’s infrastructure. This role will have the opportunity to drive the technical implementation of our security strategy. In this role, you will support the implementation of a multi-year strategy, help solve technical problems for the broader security department, provide necessary guidance and technical leadership to more junior engineers, and to share expertise with Dropbox senior leadership.


    • Collaborate and propose solutions across several teams on their engineering work, and help teams make informed decisions in alignment with strategic plans
    • Demonstrate leadership by teaching, mentoring, growing engineering expertise, and setting technical direction and priorities within the organization
    • Advocate security and secure practices across Dropbox
    • Provide leadership and subject matter expertise to identify solutions for security gaps and challenges
    • Guide conversations to remove blockers and encourage collaboration across teams
    • Provide a point of escalation for teams facing complex technical challenges
    • Expose technology and organizational needs throughout the department


  • Qualifications:
    • 8+ years of experience as a systems or security engineer
    • 5+ years of experience in security domain
    • Experience leading and mentoring security engineers
    • Strong analytical and systems design skills 
    • Data driven, customer focused, self-motivated, and organized
    • Ability to communicate technical details clearly across organizational boundaries.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
    • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in a Cybersecurity or related discipline, or equivalent, relevant experience.
    • Familiarity with Security Development Lifecycle and security requirements to influence engineering decisions
    • Program and project management experience implementing security features
    • Systems / Security Architecture experience
    • Encryption and secrets management experience
    • Strong change management experience

Total Rewards

Our Engineering Career Framework is viewable by anyone outside the company and describes what’s expected for our engineers at each of our career levels. Check out our blog post on this topic and more here.
For candidates hired in Colorado, the expected salary/On-Target Earnings (OTE) range for the role is $212,200 - $249,600 - $287,000.
This salary/OTE range represents the low, middle, and high end of the salary or OTE (Sales roles) range for this position, and is subject to change. To determine a Dropboxer’s starting pay we carefully consider a variety of factors, including primary work location and an evaluation of a candidate’s skills, experience, market demands, and internal parity. This position may be considered a promotional opportunity.
Salary/OTE is just one component of Dropbox’s total rewards package. All regular employees are also eligible for the corporate bonus program or a sales incentive (target included in OTE) as well as stock in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).
Dropbox is committed to investing in the holistic health and wellbeing of all Dropboxers and their families. Our benefits and perks programs include, but are not limited to:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • (US Only) Competitive 401(k) Plan with a generous company match and immediate vesting
  • Flexible Time Off/Paid Time Off, paid holidays, 11 Company-wide PTO days, Volunteer time off and more
  • Protection Plans including; Life Insurance, Disability Insurance and Travel benefit plans
  • Perks Allowance to be used on what matters most to you, whether that’s wellness, learning and development, food & groceries, and much more
  • Parental benefits including; Parental Leave, Child and Adult Care, Day Care FSA (US Only), Fertility Benefits (US Only), Adoption and Surrogacy support and Lactation Support
  • Mental Health and Wellness benefits
  • Free Dropbox space for your friends and family
Additional benefits details are available upon request.
Dropbox is an equal opportunity employer. We are a welcoming place for everyone, and we do our best to make sure all people feel supported and connected at work. A big part of that effort is our support for members and allies of internal groups like Asians at Dropbox, BlackDropboxers, Latinx, Pridebox (LGBTQ), Vets at Dropbox, Women at Dropbox, ATX Diversity (based in Austin, Texas) and the Dropbox Empowerment Network (based in Dublin, Ireland).

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Our Engineering team is working to simplify the way people work together. They’re building a family of products that handle over a billion files a day for people around the world. With our broad mission and massive scale, there are countless opportunities to make an impact.