July 11, 2016

Become a Security Architect

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.

Responsibilities

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.