A Security Architect designs, builds and oversees the implementation of network and computer security for an organization.
As a senior-level employee, you are responsible for creating complex security structures – and ensuring they work.
Since this is a “big-picture” job, you may be required to:
- Acquire a complete understanding of a company’s technology and information systems
- Plan, research and design robust security architectures for any IT project
- Perform vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments
- Research security standards, security systems and authentication protocols
- Develop requirements for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), routers, firewalls, and related network devices
- Design public key infrastructures (PKIs), including use of certification authorities (CAs) and digital signatures
- Prepare cost estimates and identify integration issues
- Review and approve installation of firewall, VPN, routers, IDS scanning technologies and servers
- Test final security structures to ensure they behave as expected
- Provide technical supervision for (and guidance to) a security team
- Define, implement and maintain corporate security policies and procedures
- Oversee security awareness programs and educational efforts
- Respond immediately to security-related incidents and provide a thorough post-event analysis
- Update and upgrade security systems as needed
Throughout this process, you will be directing members of your programming team and reporting your progress to the CISO.