Principal Software Engineer, Product Cybersecurity Lead

Abbott Laboratories
June 3, 2021
Santa Clara, CA
Job Type


Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals, and branded generic medicines. Our 109,000 colleagues serve people in more than 160 countries.


The key to successful treatment and full recovery is often fast, accurate diagnosis. Abbott’s life-changing tests and diagnostic tools provide insights that enable smarter, faster decisions and transform the way the world is managing health. 

Our pioneering technology spans the world of healthcare operations — with medical diagnostic instruments, tests, automation and informatics solutions for hospitals, reference labs, blood centers, emergency departments, physician offices and clinics. 

Our location in Santa Clara, CA currently has an opportunity for a Principal Software Engineer, Product Cybersecurity   


The Product Cybersecurity Lead will be responsible for defining and implementing the Abbott Hematology Product Cybersecurity strategy. You will oversee and direct the adoption of the corporate product security framework within Hematology business and various other aspects of the overarching product security programs (e.g. risk assessment, awareness/training, incident response, and strategic initiatives).

You will provide leadership to the Software Team to architect, design and develop the software security features for multiple products and platforms. In this role, you will be responsible for all deliverables associated with the internal and external product security procedures and standards. You will also be responsible for defining and implementing a strategy for the monitoring and maintenance of on-market products.

The Product Cybersecurity Lead will participate in a full software development life cycle and adhere to a well-defined quality management system and Product Security Development Framework.

Main Responsibilities

  • Responsible for all Activities and Deliverables related to Product Security for Hematology including thread modeling, risk assessment and management, writing product security requirements, design and risk management documentation.

  • Provide product security expertise to the development team. Ensure adoption of product security framework activities.

  • Implement software security solutions and architect/design products in accordance with industry accepted standards for medical device security including: encryption, disaster recovery, authentication, audit logging, hardening measures, patch management, vulnerability monitoring, and antivirus/antimalware requirements. 

  • Lead product security risk assessments, hazard analysis, and provide vulnerability remediation guidance and mentoring to product development software engineers both on and off-site. 

  • Lead technical design reviews and code inspections. Provide clear, actionable feedback for project team members.

  • Demonstrate proper secure coding practices driving standards within the software engineering organization.

  • Assist product development teams in creating Incident and Vulnerability Management Plans and Product Security White Papers.

  • Oversee development of product security requirements, design and risk management documentation.

  • Collaborate with Quality and Regulatory teams to ensure that all product security activities and deliverables are completed in accordance to the Division Procedures and FDA and other regulatory requirements. Oversee development and updates to the quality procedures and functional SOPs ensuring alignment to corporate security policies and procedures.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree In Computer Science or similar engineering discipline including Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Biomedical Engineering OR an equivalent combination of education and work experience

  • Minimum 10 years covering the entire software systems lifecycle (systems requirements definition through design validation) in a team environment including providing technical leadership.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred. 

  • 15+ years of software development experience. 

  • 5+ years of security experience. 

  • 3+ years of experience managing team. 

  • Expert knowledge of Product Security Architecture, Design, Implementation, Concepts and Technologies. 

  • Expert knowledge in industry standard security frameworks like NIST, OWASP, and MS Secure Coding Standards. 

  • Expert knowledge in at least 1 of the following domains: platform security, application security, embedded device security. 

  • Experience with visual modeling/design, multi-threading, formal software development methodologies, and source code management. 

  • Experience in working in an iterative Agile development process.

  • Strong organizational and follow-up skills, as well as attention to detail.

  • Experience with Software Development within the regulated medical field is a plus.

  • Working experience with various encryption algorithms.

  • Experience with Dynamic and static code analysis tools.



  • Training and career development, with on-boarding programs for new employees and tuition assistance 

  • Financial security through competitive compensation, incentives and retirement plans 

  • Health care and well-being programs including medical, dental, vision, wellness and occupational health programs

  • Paid time off 

  • 401(k) retirement savings with a generous company match

  • The stability of a company with a record of strong financial performance and history of being actively involved in local communities

Learn more about our benefits that add real value to your life to help you live fully:  


Follow your career aspirations to Abbott for diverse opportunities with a company that provides the growth and strength to build your future. Abbott is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to employee diversity.

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