: Software Engineer - Security
17 Dunster St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Employee Testimonials

Predrag Gruevski, Kensho
Bukola Ayodele Kensho

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With the continued impact of COVID-19 and social distancing measures, Kensho is conducting all interviews and on-boarding activities remotely. At the present time, all employees are working remotely, until further notice. When the time comes to open our offices, Kensho will fully support those employees who would like to continue working remotely and not ask anyone to return to the office until they are comfortable.


At Kensho, we hire talented people and give them the freedom, support, and resources needed to build cutting edge technology and products for our parent company, S&P Global. As a result, we produce technology that is scalable, robust, and solves the challenges of one of the worlds largest, most successful financial institutions.


As a security focused software engineer at Kensho you are a thoughtful, collaborative, and seasoned technologist who will be working closely with the Infrastructure team to ensure security across a number of systems and web applications. You will help us protect network boundaries, keep systems and network devices against attacks and provide security frameworks and processes to protect confidential data like passwords and client information.


What You'll Do:

  • Design, implement and maintain security controls and procedures across Kensho and provide oversight to ensure compliance
  • Analyze and recommend security practices and tools for engineering teams to incorporate into the software development lifecycle
  • Directly interface with customer infosec teams, lawyers, external security researchers as well as internal partners to ensure that Kensho maintains a best-in-class security envelope
  • Cultivate full team participation in high quality, thoughtful, secure software
  • Implement procedures to respond to and recover from security incidents
  • Monitor Kenshos networks and systems for potential intrusions and investigate anomalous behavior
  • Perform static and dynamic vulnerability assessments of applications using commercial and open source tools such as Fortify, Bandit, WebInspect and OWASP Zap.

What We Look For:

  • Two or more years of experience as a security engineer
  • Experience securing modern web applications and distributed data infrastructure in a cross-team setting
  • Strong understanding of cryptography and current best practices
  • Experience with penetration testing tools, techniques and methodologies and understanding of common vulnerabilities and remediation strategies
  • One or more years experience writing code in Python, Javascript, Java, or Go
  • Familiarity with core networking concepts and standard protocols such as TCP, UDP, and HTTP
  • Prior experience working with enterprise security technologies such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, AntiVirus/EDR, or Security Information and Event Management systems
  • Ability to apply risk management tools and methodologies
  • Experience conducting or facilitating IT security audits
  • Familiarity with security models for cloud providers such as AWS, Azure and GCP

How to Really Get Our Attention:

  • Experience securing services and applications running on Kubernetes
  • Experience working with Jenkins, Terraform, LinkerD, Vault, or Okta
  • Participation in CTFs or bug bounty programs
  • Open source project contributions showing innovation and initiative
  • Hedge fund or major financial institution trading experience
  • Relevant research, publications, and patents

Technologies We Like:

  • Python, Linux, Docker, Kubernetes, Calico, Git, Jenkins, Sentry, Cypress




At Kensho, we pride ourselves on providing top-of-market benefits, including:


- Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance - 100% company paid premiums

- Unlimited Paid Time Off18 weeks of 100% paid Parental Leave (paternity and maternity)

- 401(k) plan with 6% employer matching

- Generous company matching on donations to non-profit charities

- Up to $20,000 tuition assistance toward degree programs, plus up to $4,000/year for ongoing professional education such as industry conferences

- Plentiful snacks, drinks, and regularly catered lunches

- Dog-friendly office (CAM office)In-office gyms and showers (CAM, DC) or Equinox membership (LA, NYC)

- Stipend towards commuter or gym reimbursement

- Bike sharing program memberships

- Compassion leave and elder care leave

- Mentoring and additional learning opportunities

- Opportunity to expand professional network and participate in conferences and events


About Kensho

Kensho uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, natural language processing and data visualization techniques to solve some of the hardest analytical problems and create breakthrough financial intelligence solutions for our parent company, S&P Global.


Kensho was founded in 2013 by Harvard & MIT alums and was acquired by S&P Global in 2018. Kensho continues to operate as a startup in order to maintain our distinct, independent brand and to promote our breakthrough, innovative culture. Our team of Kenshins enjoy a dynamic and collaborative work environment that runs autonomously from S&P, while leveraging the unparalleled breadth and depth of data and resources available as part of S&P Global. As Kenshins, we pride ourselves on maintaining an innovative culture that depends on diversity and inclusion.


We are an equal opportunity employer that welcomes future Kenshins with all experiences and perspectives. Kensho is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with offices in New York City, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.

Full-time

Employee Testimonials

Predrag Gruevski, Kensho
Predrag Gruevski
System Architecture Engineer

"Kensho has been using GraphQL in a highly unusual way — by compiling each query directly into a single, optimized database query. Our GraphQL compiler is now available to the community as an open-source project."

Bukola Ayodele Kensho
Bukola Ayodele
Software Engineer

"One of the great things about working at Kensho is how much ownership you have over your work. Engineers are encouraged to take charge, and you have a lot of say on the direction of your project."

Anthony Liu Kensho
Anthony Liu
ML Engineer

"I'm a lot less cynical about finance than I was before. Having studied a lot of its more complicated products in depth, I undertand more of their purpose, what they're trying to do, how they're trying to function."

Adam Norbury Kensho
Adam Norbury
UX/UI Design

"Work-life balance at Kensho is perfect for me. You're given a lot of autonomy in work schedule and location. I have two small children and the rest of my family live in the UK. Working at Kensho, I'm solving really cool and interesting problems AND I get time to spend with all my family."

Aron Szanto Kensho
Aron Szanto
ML Engineer

"What makes Kensho so amazing is its intellectual diversity. At any one point, there's probably a high-level discussion about abstract type systems going on right next to a rip-roaring chess game, all supervised by two or three adorable puppies."

Adity Dokania Kensho
Adity Dokania
Head of Infrastructure & DevOps

"Kensh-ins know how to keep the work environment fun and lively. In the past we have had multiple social activities keeping in mind the diverse set of employees. We have hosted ping pong tournaments, TGITs, bowling, kayaking, board games, poker & trivia nights to name a few."

Michaela Shtilman‑Minkin Kensho
Michaela Shtilman‑Minkin
Software Engineer

My advice to candidates is to be honest about what you know and don't know and don't hesitate to ask questions. Kenshins are intellectually curious, humble, and honest - if we don't know something, we are not afraid to admit it and look for an answer amongst our peers, who are brilliant and eager to help.

Minh Jennifer Radel Kensho
Minh Jennifer Radel
Software Engineer

"As an engineer, I have always wanted my job to intellectually challenge me. However, I have also always wanted a supportive network of understanding and kind people. I believe most jobs can offer you exposure to the latest technologies and tools, but Kensho is unique for providing me both interesting problems and a genuinely authentic and caring culture."