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Firmware Engineer - Device Security



San Mateo, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Who We Are

Verkada is the largest cloud-based B2B physical security platform company in the world. Only Verkada offers six product lines — video security cameras, access control, environmental sensors, alarms, workplace and intercoms — integrated with a single cloud-based software platform.
Designed with simplicity and scalability in mind, Verkada gives organizations the real-time insight to know what could impact the safety and comfort of people throughout their physical environment, while empowering them to take immediate action to minimize security risks, workplace frustrations and costly inefficiencies.
Founded in 2016 with more than $460M in funding raised to date, Verkada has expanded rapidly with 16 offices across three continents, 1,700+ full-time employees and 20,000+ customers across 70+ countries.

About the Device Security Team

Verkada’s device security team has an important mission–to empower the company to build the safest physical security products in the world. We are directly responsible for the development of important defensive security measures that run on all Verkada devices. We help maintain and expand security testing infrastructure that constantly evaluates devices for security vulnerabilities. And we help the company build stronger and more resilient products through our offensive security evaluation efforts. If you’re interested in firmware and like having a huge impact, we want to hear from you!


  • Explore innovative solutions to enable Verkada business instead of “Security says No”.
  • Build out new features in our main on-device security component.
  • Work with other engineering product teams to ensure Verkada Linux is integrated into their firmware deliverables.
  • Maintain physical device security infrastructure, such as the offline secure boot code signing facility and device security testing robots.
  • Secure the firmware supply chain by building tools to check dependencies are up to date and vulnerabilities are patched.
  • Help mentor other engineers, and learn everything you can about embedded IoT security.
  • Contribute to other parts of the team (cloud, backend, offensive testing), should that interest you.


  • BS/MS in Computer Science (or similar degree).
  • 3+ years developing Linux applications, preferably for embedded systems.
  • 3+ years of coding experience, preferably in C, C++, or Go.
  • Strong knowledge of the Linux operating system, including important commands & files.
  • Strong understanding and experience in systems architecture.
  • Have worked in an agile team environment.

Nice to have:

  • BS/MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Electrical Engineering. Non-traditional backgrounds are OK to apply as well!
  • Yocto experience.
  • Interest or working knowledge of cryptography.
  • Experience with Linux kernel patches, security focused programming, low-level system components, bootloaders, kernel modules, or secure boot.
  • Familiarity with various electrical interfaces such as SPI, I2C, JTAG, MMC, etc. and test equipment like oscilloscopes.
  • Hacker mindset, or interest in knowing more.

Perks & Benefits:

  • Generous company paid medical, dental & vision insurance coverage
  • Unlimited paid time off & 11 companywide paid holidays
  • Wellness allowance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Healthy lunches and dinners provided daily
  • Generous paid parental leave policy & fertility benefits

Pay Disclosure

At Verkada, we want to attract and retain the best employees, and compensate them in a way that appropriately and fairly values their individual contribution to the company. With that in mind, we carefully consider a number of factors to determine the appropriate starting pay for an employee, including their primary work location and an assessment of a candidate’s skills and experience, as well as market demands and internal parity. This estimate can vary based on the factors described above, so the actual starting annual base salary may be above or below this range. This estimate is also just one component of Verkada’s total rewards package. A Verkada employee may be eligible for additional forms of compensation, depending on their role, including sales incentives, discretionary bonuses, and/or equity in the company in the form of Restricted Stock Units (RSUs).

Estimated Annual Pay Range
$130,000$280,000 USD

Verkada Is An Equal Opportunity Employer

As an equal opportunity employer, Verkada is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals. All applicants for positions at Verkada will be treated without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.