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Activision Central Tech works to support our development studios and their titles. Comprising seven main teams, we have many specialties including big data, privacy and security, motion capture and animation pipeline technologies, graphics, build and infrastructure for studio development and data centers, optimization, systems programming and online services including matchmaking and networking. Central Tech is distributed globally with offices across the U.S., and in Canada, England, Ireland and Japan. This role is expected to begin and continue as a remote position or an interim remote position if desired.

Most of our teams are composed of both engineering and research talent, allowing us to always have an eye on the future. Our talented engineers help with title development and provide valuable knowledge sharing between studios while our researchers are action-oriented and keep a strong connection with the needs of the game studios.

Your Mission

As an Associate Mobile Security Engineer, you will provide expert analysis and robustly engineered solutions to help strengthen our titles against threats. The role requires an insightful, agile, and pragmatic approach to a rapidly changing threat landscape - balancing both long term capability buildout and quick reaction to emerging threats.

This is a hands-on role, requiring strong programming, analysis, and reverse-engineering skills. Working as part of an agile team of security experts, you are expected to be a subject matter expert. You will be working directly on game integrity in addition of our overall mobile security capabilities.

Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

  • Strengthen security and integrity of mobile game features, ensuring known exploits are mitigated and potential threats are addressed.

  • Work closely within the security team to identify the best course of action to proactively protect game features and implement countermeasures.

  • Identify emerging threats, build remedial plans, and implement countermeasures in a timely manner; monitoring and measuring effectiveness of those efforts.

  • Be a priority resource, working side-by-side with game engineers.

  • Perform R&D into both new mobile security techniques and technologies, building a toolbox of robust capabilities.

  • Support both engineering and security operations efforts.

Player Profile

Minimum Requirements:

  • Familiarity with reverse engineering and advanced debugging.

  • Ability to identify code vulnerabilities and exploits.

  • Familiarity with malware detection methods.

  • Familiarity with mobile app stores and mobile applications distribution processes.

  • Extensive knowledge of iOS and/or Android operating systems.

  • Strong Java and/or Objective C development skills on mobile titles.

  • Understanding of assembly code and lower-level iOS and/or Android operating systems.

  • Be able to interact with and work directly with game engineering teams.

Extra Points:

  • Understanding of source control best practices, particularly hands-on knowledge of Perforce.

  • Knowledge of social engineering

  • Knowledge of malware analysis

  • Knowledge of industry best practices for protecting applications and writing secure code.

  • Security-oriented role on previously published games or apps.

  • Working as part of a broader live operations or game security effort a plus.

  • Knowledge of networking protocols at low (TCP/IP, UDP) and high level (HTTP).

  • Knowledge of packet capture techniques and interception proxies.

We love hearing from anyone who is enthusiastic about changing the games industry. Not sure you meet all qualifications? Let us decide! Research shows that women and members of other under-represented groups tend to not apply to jobs when they think they may not meet every qualification, when, in fact, they often do! We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and strongly encourage you to apply.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty®, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Diablo®, Candy Crush™ and Bubble Witch™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only improved by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We seek to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as advised by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status, among other characteristics.

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