A Security Architect is responsible for designing, building, testing and implementing security systems within an organisation’s IT network. A Security Architect is expected to have a thorough understanding of complex IT systems and stay up to date with the latest security standards, systems and authentication protocols, as well as best practice security products.In addition to anticipating possible security threats and identifying areas of weakness in a network system, a Security Architect must respond promptly and effectively to possible breaches of security. A Security Architect job description generally includes:Reviewing current system security measures and recommending and implementing enhancementsConducting regular system tests and ensuring continuous monitoring of network securityDeveloping project timelines for ongoing system upgradesEnsuring all personnel have access to the IT system limited by need and roleEstablishing disaster recovery procedures and conducting breach of security drillsPromptly responding to all security incidents and providing thorough post-event analysesAs a senior member of the IT team, a Security Architect job description should also include cultivating a culture of security awareness, and arranging continuing education of personnel to ensure security policies are adhered to at all times.
Security Architect job qualifications and requirements
A degree in Information Technology, Computer Science or related field is highly desirable. Some employers may require additional advanced security qualifications such as SABSA (Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture) or CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certifications.As well as formal qualifications, a Security Architect job description should include the following qualities:Extensive experience in information security and/or IT risk management with a focus on security, performance and reliabilitySolid understanding of security protocols, cryptography, authentication, authorisation and securityGood working knowledge of current IT risks and experience implementing security solutionsExperience implementing multi-fact or authentication, single sign-on, identity management or related technologiesAbility to interact with a broad cross-section of personnel to explain and enforce security measuresExcellent written and verbal communication skills as well as business acumen and a commercial outlookSubmit your resume or request talent now and our expert recruiters will be with you shortly.Robert Half can assist you with your security architect staffing needs.
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