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Director, Security Engineering, FedRAMP (Customer Identity)



Customer Service
United States
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024

Get to know Okta

Okta is The World’s Identity Company. We free everyone to safely use any technology—anywhere, on any device or app. Our Workforce and Customer Identity Clouds enable secure yet flexible access, authentication, and automation that transforms how people move through the digital world, putting Identity at the heart of business security and growth.

At Okta, we celebrate a variety of perspectives and experiences. We are not looking for someone who checks every single box - we’re looking for lifelong learners and people who can make us better with their unique experiences.

Join our team! We’re building a world where Identity belongs to you.

The Role

Within the Okta Customer Identity Business, our Security Engineering team delivers robust resilience with a hardened multi-cloud platform and infrastructure services for Okta's products. We are an engineering-focused team that seeks to stay on the cutting edge of security technology to combat the evolving threat landscape. We are looking for an experienced security leader to lead our globally distributed team of talented engineers who share a passion for security and enjoy solving complex problems at scale. This role partners with key security, engineering and business leaders to secure our cloud and platform infrastructure through strategic security engagement and proactive risk reduction measures. This position will be reporting to the Vice President of Security & Privacy Engineering and works closely with and alongside the members of the broader Okta Security team in support of Okta’s company-wide security strategy and Okta’s Secure Identity Commitment.


  • Strategic leadership to steer security initiatives across globally distributed remote team of security engineers, who designs, builds and operates scalable and reliable infrastructure services as well as security solutions for customer identity products
  • Foster a team culture of growth, openness, trust, rigor, humility and mutual support.
  • Lead, recruit, and mentor engineers and engineering managers
  • Establish a deep understanding of Okta Customer Identity products and infrastructure
  • Uplevel the maturity of the platform cybersecurity posture roadmap and partner with the Okta Security teams on cross-business security operations
  • Champion security engineering and operational excellence, establishing metrics and process for regular assessment and improvement
  • Continuous knowledge enrichment to understand current and emerging threat landscape and associated countermeasures to proactively mitigate risk
  • Deliver secure cloud-native platforms, core services and security controls across multiple cloud environments including Azure, AWS and also lead security initiatives for Federal customers in Gov Cloud infrastructure


  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field; relevant certifications (e.g., Okta Certified Administrator, Okta Developer - Customer Identity Cloud certification) is a plus.
  • Extensive professional background in Platform / Cloud Infrastructure security leadership roles and a commitment to cultivating high-performing, inclusive, and collaborative teams
  • Proven track record in managing geographically distributed remote security teams
  • Advanced expertise in AWS, Azure cloud infrastructure, security architecture, and Secure By Design principles
  • Working knowledge of FedRAMP, SOC2, PCI compliance framework requirements and respective security control implementations
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to lead cross-functional teams, prioritize tasks, manage timelines, and deliver results within scope, budget, and quality standards.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to articulate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders, facilitate meetings, and build consensus.
  • Analytical mindset with a focus on data-driven decision-making, problem-solving, and continuous improvement.
  • Strong commitment to customer satisfaction, innovation, and collaboration in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Bonus points if:

  • You have working knowledge and experience with one or more of the following:
    • Full-stack engineering
    • Site reliability engineering
    • Identity and access management
    • Microservices in Kubernetes
    • Vulnerability and threat management
    • Security detection and response
    • Governance, risk and compliance


  • This position requires the ability to access federal environments and/or have access to protected federal data. As a condition of employment for this position, the successful candidate must be able to submit documentation establishing U.S. Person status (e.g. a U.S. Citizen, National, Lawful Permanent Resident, Refugee, or Asylee. 22 CFR 120.15) upon hire.
Okta’s Top 5 Core Leadership Competencies are part of the deeply ingrained principles that guide all of our company’s actions. They also align strongly to our cultural cornerstones, our Okta values: love our customers, empower our people, never stop innovating, act with integrity, and maintain transparency. It’s our expectation that our managers and leaders embody these core competencies:
  • Builds Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness (EQ): Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develops Talent: Developing people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
  • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.



Below is the annual base salary range for candidates located in California, Colorado, New York and Washington. Your actual base salary will depend on factors such as your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Okta offers equity (where applicable), bonus, and benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), flexible spending account, and paid leave (including PTO and parental leave) in accordance with our applicable plans and policies. To learn more about our Total Rewards program please visit: https://rewards.okta.com/us.

The annual base salary range for this position for candidates located in California (excluding San Francisco Bay Area), Colorado, New York, and Washington is between:$224,000$336,000 USD The annual base salary range for this position for candidates located in the San Francisco Bay area is between: $251,000$377,000 USD

What you can look forward to as an Full-Time Okta employee!

Okta cultivates a dynamic work environment, providing the best tools, technology and benefits to empower our employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs. Each organization is unique in the degree of flexibility and mobility in which they work so that all employees are enabled to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, regardless of where they live. Find your place at Okta today! https://www.okta.com/company/careers/.

Okta is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran. We also consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and convictions records, consistent with applicable laws. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please use this Form to request an accommodation.

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