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Data Defense Solutions Engineer

$147k - $270k
New York, United States
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🔴 Closes on: 
Sep 5


TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. At TikTok, our mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy. TikTok's global headquarters are in Los Angeles and Singapore, and its offices include New York, London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, 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.

Join us.

The Global Security Organization provides industry leading security and privacy services to ByteDance globally. Our organization uses four principles that guide our strategic and tactical operations. First, we champion trust and transparency, leading the charge in organizational transparency and execution of security and privacy capabilities that drive customer trust. Second, we are a business catalyst and enabler, embodying the DNA of technical innovation. Third, we drive risk-informed and empowered decision-making, giving our business leaders the information needed to make key decisions. Finally, we proactively identify and reduce risk while enabling innovative product development to consistently build sustainable world-class security capabilities.

As a Data Defense Solutions Architect, you will be a direct report to the Data Defense Lead and will be responsible for supporting them along with a team of cross-functional cyber, privacy, engineering, and data protection analysts to define, implement, manage, and measure controls to protect data in accordance with relevant geographical regulations, contractual commitments, and confidentiality requirements.


  • Design, implement, and operate large-scale end-to-end distributed systems to perform data discovery using scalable, reusable, and configurable frameworks / methodologies
  • Develop low-level storage interfaces to enable advanced data discovery capabilities to identify sensitive data
  • Define metrics and create / maintain dashboards for measuring and reporting key performance indicators (e.g., coverage, findings, and remediations)
  • Build and manage data inventories and data flow mappings by collecting and aggregating datasets from multiple data source systems
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with both business and technical teams to gather functional requirements for in-house and external technologies to identify sensitive, high-value data (e.g., consumer data, sensitive data, IP & source code) and ensure appropriate data protection controls are in place


  • Strong understanding of relational databases (e.g., MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, etc.) advanced topics (e.g., optimization, replication, isolation, etc.)
  • Strong understanding of one of the following:
  • Distributed SQL databases (e.g., Hive, Hudi, Iceberg, ClickHouse, etc.)
    • NoSQL databases (e.g., Redis, HBase, Cassandra, etc.) - consistency, consensus, etc.
  • Message queues (e.g., Kafka, RocketMQ, RabbitMQ, etc.) - delivery semantics, etc.
  • Unstructured distributed storage (e.g., Object Storage, File Storage, Block Storage)
  • Distributed computing framework (e.g., Spark, Flink, etc.) - architecture, debugging, optimization

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5 years experience programming and debugging non-trivial projects using Python, Java, Golang, and/or C, involving topics like concurrency & async
  • Familiarity working with Linux
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with cross-regional teams of diverse backgrounds to meet strategic and tactical objectives as well as serving as an individual contributor
  • Ability to stay curious about new developments in the industry and learn & adapt quickly
  • Strong understanding of containers and their orchestration (Kubernetes), and significant experience with public/hybrid/private cloud

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.

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

Job Information

【For Pay Transparency】Compensation Description (annually)

The base salary range for this position in the selected city is $147200 - $269800 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.

Our company benefits are designed to convey company culture and values, to create an efficient and inspiring work environment, and to support our employees 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.

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🔴 Closes on: 
Sep 5
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