Technical Security Controls Validation Specialist, Offensive Security Operations - USDS




Los Angeles, CA


Position summary

About TikTok TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul and Tokyo.

Why Join Us Creation is the core of TikTok's purpose. Our platform is built to help imaginations thrive. This is doubly true of the teams that make TikTok possible. Together, we inspire creativity and bring joy - a mission we all believe in and aim towards achieving every day. To us, every challenge, no matter how difficult, is an opportunity; to learn, to innovate, and to grow as one team. Status quo? Never. Courage? Always. At TikTok, we create together and grow together. That's how we drive impact - for ourselves, our company, and the communities we serve.

About USDS At TikTok, we're committed to a process of continuous innovation and improvement in our user experience and safety controls. We're proud to be able to serve a global community of more than a billion people who use TikTok to creatively express themselves and be entertained, and we're dedicated to giving them a platform that builds opportunity and fosters connection. We also take our responsibility to safeguard our community seriously, both in how we address potentially harmful content and how we protect against unauthorized access to user data.

https://U.S. Data Security (“USDS”) is a standalone department of TikTok in the https://U.S. This new security-first division was created to bring heightened focus and governance to our data protection policies and content assurance protocols to keep https://U.S. users safe. Our focus is on providing oversight and protection of the TikTok platform and user data in the https://U.S., so millions of Americans can continue turning to TikTok to learn something new, earn a living, express themselves creatively, or be entertained. The teams within USDS that deliver on this commitment daily span Trust & Safety, Security & Privacy, Engineering, User & Product Ops, Corporate Functions and more.

About the Team USDS Offensive Security Operations team is seeking a Technical Security Controls Validation specialist. This team will work with the Risk & Compliance team and Control Owners to perform testing of the tools, technology and services (TTS) being introduced in the USDS environment. This testing effort will be done both from how the control framework is being applied to individual TTS and also to test how those TTS are performing and behaving as a security control within the environment.

To succeed in this role, the candidate will possess breadth and depth of knowledge in secure coding principles, security architecture, hardening of operating systems, networking protocols, firewalls, databases and middleware applications, forensics, scripting and programing.


  • Collaborate with cross-functional control owners to stress test the controls being applied and implemented on TTS in the USDS environment.

  • Consult and provide guidance for the design and implementation of key security and compliance controls.

  • Construct technical test cases, collect evidence, perform hands on technical testing. Work with Control Owners to evaluate the design, effectiveness, and completeness of controls.

  • Look for automation opportunities to automate testing and monitoring efficiency of controls on an ongoing basis.

  • Provide feedback to the Risk & Compliance team and the Control Owners around the security control and processes being implemented. Augment the Control Framework and Risk Management Framework from an attacker's point of view.

  • Synthesize and report findings, develop remediation recommendations, and track implementation through to completion

  • Provide risk-appropriate and pragmatic recommendations to correct identified flaws, vulnerabilities and misconfigurations

  • Utilize attacker tools, tactics, and procedures to perform analysis and identify vulnerabilities and mis-configurations Qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree or industry equivalent work experience in IT, Computer Engineering, Cybersecurity or a similar field

  • Minimum 5+ years of IT risk, pentest and security controls experience

  • Strong writing and documentation skills; you are clear, concise, confident, and unafraid to present your ideas

  • Communicating well as this role will require a lot of cross functional collaboration

  • Flexible to travel as the need arises to perform testing on-site https://e.g. Data centers, office locations etc. (Estimated Frequency: once in 2-3 months)

  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration skills, in particular in working with or contributing to multi-functional teams

  • Controls Testing

    • Familiarity in IT and security domains (Identity and Access Management, Configuration Management, Vulnerability Management, Incident Management, etc.) and familiarity with technologies and tool stacks across these domains
    • Skills in control evaluation and design and working knowledge of industry leading security standards (https://i.e., ISO, NIST)
    • Experience performing internal/external control testing as security control assessor or supporting security compliance as internal compliance resources of physical and cloud infrastructure
    • Experience in gathering technical control evidence from stakeholders, coordinating review, and analyzing artifacts received to ensure they meet the intent of the control requirements and demonstrate compliance
    • Foundational knowledge of IT and security control frameworks (https://e.g., NIST-CSF, NIST 800-53, PCI-DSS, CIS Security Controls, ISO 27001, ISO 27017, etc.)
    • Familiar with the usage of modern GRC tooling (https://i.e., Archer, ServiceNow)
  • Pentesting

    • 3+ years of experience performing penetration tests (https://i.e., Cloud, Web-application, mobile application and various network ecosystems)
    • Conducting advanced penetration testing exercises (Network, Web Application, Mobile and Cloud)
    • Experience with using, administering, and troubleshooting different flavors of Linux and Windows environments
    • Experience with reading, writing, and editing code written in various programming languages, such as Perl, Python, Ruby, Bash, C/C++, C#, and Java
    • Experience in various Operating Systems: Windows, *nix, MacOS, Android, iOS
    • Experience with tools like Burp Suite Pro, SQLMap, Frida, Objection, Android Studio, XCode, MobSF, Drozer
    • Experience with security assessment tools, including Nessus, Accunetix, Metasploit, or Cobalt Strike
    • Experience with conducting reverse engineering on mobile applications, including applications with anti-emulator and obfuscation protections
    • Knowledge of various cloud platforms (preferably OCI, Azure and AWS) and frameworks like OWASP Top 10 Web and Mobile
  • Preferred Qualifications:

    • Industry certifications such as OSCP, OSCE, OSWE, GPEN, GCIH, GWAPT, CISA, CDPSE, CISSP, CISM, CRIS or GXPN
    • Contributions to the security community such as research, public CVEs, bug-bounty recognitions, open-source projects, blogs, publications, etc
    • Experience with server administration, TCP/IP networking, vulnerability identification and exploitation, vulnerability exploit code development, offensive security operation coordination and communication, vulnerability tracking and remediation, mobile testing
    • Experience with methodologies on both static and dynamic analysis for different application types and platforms

D&I Statement TikTok is committed to creating an inclusive space where employees are valued for their skills, experiences, and unique perspectives. Our platform connects people from across the globe and so does our workplace. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. To achieve that goal, we are committed to celebrating our diverse voices and to creating an environment that reflects the many communities we reach. We are passionate about this and hope you are too.

Accommodation Statement TikTok is committed to providing reasonable accommodations in our recruitment processes for candidates with disabilities, pregnancy, sincerely held religious beliefs or other reasons protected by applicable laws. If you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation, please reach out to us at https://usds.accommodations@

#LI-JC5 The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $112860 - $186200 annually.​Compensation may vary outside of this range depending on a number of factors, including a candidate’s qualifications, skills, competencies and experience, and location. Base pay is one part of the Total Package that is provided to compensate and recognize employees for their work, and this role may be eligible for additional discretionary bonuses/incentives, and restricted stock units.​At ByteDance/TikTok our benefits are designed to convey company culture and values, to create an efficient and inspiring work environment, and to support ByteDancers to give their best in both work and life. We offer the following benefits to eligible employees: ​We cover 100% premium coverage for employee medical insurance, approximately 75% premium coverage for dependents and offer a Health Savings Account(HSA) with a company match. As well as Dental, Vision, Short/Long term Disability, Basic Life, Voluntary Life and AD&D insurance plans. In addition to Flexible Spending Account(FSA) Options like Health Care, Limited Purpose and Dependent Care. ​Our time off and leave plans are: 10 paid holidays per year plus 17 days of Paid Personal Time Off(PPTO) (prorated upon hire and increased by tenure) and 10 paid sick days per year as well as 12 weeks of paid Parental leave and 8 weeks of paid Supplemental Disability. ​We also provide generous benefits like mental and emotional health benefits through our EAP and Lyra. A 401K company match, gym and cellphone service reimbursements. The Company reserves the right to modify or change these benefits programs at any time, with or without notice.​

Why you should apply for a job to TikTok:

  • 5/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 4.5/5 in supportive management

  • 100% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 100% would recommend this company to other women

  • 100% say the CEO supports gender diversity

  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • Employee well-being is supported via hybrid work, short-term counseling through our EAP and a premium subscription to Headspace.

  • We embrace diversity across all dimensions and provide employees with 9 employee resource groups globally, including our WOMEN ERG.

  • Comprehensive parental leave policy as well as fertility treatment through healthcare providers with a $20,000 lifetime maximum.