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Lookout Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Lookout is a cybersecurity company that makes it possible for individuals and enterprises to be both mobile and secure. With 100 million mobile sensors fueling a dataset of virtually all the mobile code in the world, the Lookout Security Cloud can identify connections that would ... Read more

Mission: Lookout makes the world more secure as it gets more connected.

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Lookout – Why Work For Us?

In 2004, Lookout founders John Hering, Kevin Mahaffey, and James Burgess discovered a security vulnerability involving Bluetooth signals and Nokia mobile phones. When Nokia downplayed the significance of the security hole, the three of them took action.

They created the Blue Sniper, a gun-shaped microphone that could pull in Bluetooth signals from 1.2 miles away. Hering and Mahaffey then pointed their gun at the 2005 Academy Awards, hacking sensitive phone data from hundreds of movie stars to illustrate the importance of mobile security. They happened upon a team from the New York Times, who brought our story to the world.

Ever since, Lookout has taken a mobile-first approach to security. Today, Lookout protects mobility for some of the world's largest enterprises, critical government agencies, and tens of millions of individuals worldwide. We've achieved this by partnering with leaders in the mobile ecosystem globally, and we're only getting started.

At Lookout, we're laser-focused on creating mobile-first, cloud-first products not just for IT administrators and CISOs, but individuals as well. The promise of secure mobility is now a reality—the basis for trust in a world without data borders.

Lookout is a different kind of typical security company.

We're driven by finding creative and novel ways to solve the mobile security challenges our customers face. Every day we use our unique dataset to find insights, then we use those insights to help shape our products. The products we build deliver value to customers and protect the privacy of end-users. Making the world safer as it becomes more connected is what drives life at Lookout.


“Lookout is the opposite of every other security company. We build security products that work, and that our customers trust. When they buy from us they know they’re getting something awesome.” -Kevin Mahaffey, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer

The Lookout Security Cloud leverages a data-driven approach to detect complex patterns that indicate known and novel threats, software vulnerabilities, and risky mobile behaviors and configurations. Find out how your organization can best leverage Lookout’s platform by exploring our products below.

What makes Lookout different?

Our Massive Global Sensor Network

The success of Lookout’s personal and enterprise endpoint products has given Lookout visibility into over 150M mobile devices worldwide. Every month millions of devices in over 150 countries send security telemetry to the Lookout Security Cloud, ensuring that Lookout can track evolving threat actors and continue to lead the industry in novel threat discoveries such as the Pegasus spyware.

Our Comprehensive Security Capabilities

One platform, the Lookout Security Cloud, powers a wide range of solutions across Lookout’s portfolio of products and services. Lookout’s platform offers the industry’s deepest and most comprehensive set of mobile security capabilities spanning mobile threat defense (MTD), mobile app reputation service (MARS), mobile threat intelligence and beyond. An innovation leader, Lookout has over 110 granted patents related to mobile security technology.

Our Industry-Leading Mobile Dataset

Lookout’s unmatched mobile dataset gives us the advantage of security precision and context: it allows us to understand if a potential mobile threat signal or characteristic is normal, rare, or truly anomalous in the world. We’ve acquired and analyzed over 50M unique mobile applications, for example, and track their prevalence in real-time across our global sensor network.

Our Cloud-First, Device-Assisted Approach

To create a more secure and robust approach to protecting mobile endpoints, we specifically designed our platform to prioritize cloud-side analysis over our on-device analysis techniques, whenever possible. On-device analysis techniques are inherently less secure because attackers can inspect and evade them, and they can also negatively impact device performance and battery life if over-prioritized.

Lookout is committed to the health and well-being of our employees!

Health benefits

We offer a variety of localized health insurance plans and options to meet the needs of our employees:

  • Medical care
  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility benefits

Savings and financial benefits

Everyone at Lookout is an owner. All employees have the opportunity to earn shares of Lookout and be part of building the global leader in mobile security. We offer retirement savings plans based on regional practices around the world. As well as localized pre-tax benefits such as:

  • Health saving plans
  • Dependent-care spending accounts
  • Commuter programs
  • Phone reimbursement plans
  • New mobile incentive


The Lookout Wellness Program dedicates resources to help employees be healthy and productive at work. Offerings vary by location but can include:

  • Healthy snack and drink options
  • Gym reimbursement program
  • Annual flu shots


  • The Lookout Foundation invests in communities outside our own doors where we can see the results. Its mission is to support Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education for women, girls, and other underserved groups, and security and privacy rights for all.
  • The Lookout Foundation is a public charity and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is entirely run by Lookout employees on a voluntary basis. Employee-led committees decide where and how Foundation money is distributed, and organize activities to donate time to local organizations.

  • In order to provide employees with opportunities to see their contributions make a real impact, Lookout has joined the Pledge 1% movement. It is a commitment to donate 1% equity to the communities in which we operate, 1% of our employees' time to local volunteer projects, and 1% product to non profit organizations. By making the local community a key stakeholder in our business, success means more than profits. It means helping our friends and neighbors.

 1% Time 1% Equity 1% Product

The Lookout Foundation works with non-profit organizations that support our mission. Together we strive to bring change and give back to the global communities we live and operate in.

Random Hacks of Kindness

Through the committee Random Hacks of Kindness, the Foundation formalizes opportunities for teams to donate their time in local communities. In addition, individuals are also encouraged to take time away from work to volunteer with organizations that support their personal passions.

Global Disaster Relief

It was also important to employees involved in the Lookout Foundation to be able to respond and support quickly to local and global emergencies. The Global Disaster Relief committee is responsible for coordinating volunteers’ time and distributing emergency relief funds to provide immediate assistance and supplies to affected communities.

Non-Profit Grants

The Lookout Foundation provides opportunities for employees to decide where and how donated funds are distributed. The Grants Committee is responsible for identifying non-profits that support the Foundation mission, collecting and reviewing grant applications, and determining and distributing grants. Lookout Foundation conducts annual grant rounds to support STEM education for women & underserved groups as well as security and privacy rights for all. Some of our 2018 grants went to the following organizations:




The opportunity to secure the connected world is incredibly huge, especially when you consider that more people already have access to smartphones than to electricity. That means our team is tackling the really hard problems that need solving right now, using the cutting-edge technologies that will redefine computing in the years to come.


Creating security that’s simple, beautiful, and not scary is all about solving problems. We marry the right market opportunities with the right technologies to build innovative products that millions of people and businesses can trust.

Finance and Legal

Forget back rooms full of bad suits and number crunching. This is data-driven, front-line finance and bleeding-edge legal thinking—designed to solve real problems for our teammates, support innovation, and change the face of our industry.

Business and Marketing

Every day, we connect people to our breakthrough products through global business partnerships, the press, and marketing, and make sure the world hears the Lookout story–how we keep millions of people safe in the post-PC era.

People and Culture

We put people first in everything we do, whether it’s creating a product user interface or discovering the talent, personalities, and human stories that fit with our work and the culture we’ve built at Lookout.

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    Incredible product. Super smart people. Leadership is really strong. Lots of opportunity to do great work. Employees are really caring. Very little politics.


    Lookout is a hidden gem of a company. Highly recommend it as a great place to work.

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    Keep on doing what you're doing!

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    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Lookout (San Francisco, CA) in September 2017.


    Short and sweet. My first round was with the hiring manager and we both felt strongly that this can be a good match. I then met the team and had few rounds of one on ones and a group presentation on my projects.

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Lookout Awards & Accolades

  • CRN's 2018 Mobility 100, CRN, 2018
  • Cyber Security Awards 2018 Shortlist, Cyber Security Awards, 2018
  • Forbes Cloud 100 List, Forbes, 2018
  • CTIA MobITs, Mobile Security & Privacy, CTIA: Mobile IT Award (MobITs), 2014
  • 1st Place Mobile Security & Privacy, CTIA: Mobile IT Award (MobITs), 2014
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