What does a Security Architect do?

Security architects design security structures and systems to protect and defend against malware and other intrusions to a computer system. Once structures and systems are in place, security architects run an audit of the entire system to test it for any weaknesses or vulnerabilities. They meet with upper management to understand the company's technology and information systems and new and pressing needs. They plan, research, and design security architecture for the company and perform vulnerability testing and security assessments of the new software and systems. They will sometimes hire an ethical hacker to consult on system weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Security architects provide technical supervision to security teams and oversee company security awareness programs. They also respond immediately to service-related incidents and develop requirements for a company’s local, wide, and virtual private networks and requirements for routers, firewalls, and related network devices. They review and approve the installation of firewalls, VPNs, routers, and servers and update security systems as needed. Security architects need a bachelor's degree in computer science and experience in software engineering.

What responsibilities are common for Security Architect jobs?
  • Develop and enhance security policies and standards, based on sound security architecture practices.
  • Consult, advise or oversee the secure design of key IT system and infrastructure projects to ensure alignment with enterprise security architecture.
  • Identify and deliver appropriate metrics to drive security architecture compliance.
  • Coordinate, review, and implement directives to maintain compliance with regulatory and security industry standards.
  • Partner, coach and functionally lead IT, engineering, development and business teams.
  • Educate internal customers on security risk and best practices.
  • Lead, manage, and mentor a team of security architects.
  • Support the creation of reliable automated end-to-end security tests.
  • This team is responsible for defining and implementing our cloud and infrastructure security program.
  • Assist in the security incident response process as assigned.
  • Analyze needs and requirements of existing and proposed systems.
  • Provide detailed reports to management regarding task and revenue activity.
  • Evaluate product business cases including functional and detailed design specs to ensure security standards are met.
  • Design, plan and execute strategic and tactical operational security objectives.
  • Report underlying security issues and propose enhanced security protections and/or mitigation controls.
  • Research new and emerging threats to ensure assessment methodology keeps pace with security trends.
  • Perform analysis to validate established security requirements and to recommend additional security requirements and safeguards.
What are the typical qualifications for Security Architect jobs?
  • Bachelor's or Graduate's Degree in computer science, engineering, information systems or mathematics or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with software and systems such as GCIA and SIEM.
  • Experience with computing and Python as well as Cloud software and systems.
  • Fluent in enterprise resource planning operating systems, and incident response.
  • Demonstrated leadership and problem solving skills.
  • Comfortable running writing protocols and scripting.
  • Skilled in threat detection and network architecture.
  • Prior consulting experience.
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Security Architect Salaries

Average Base Pay

$117,345 /yr
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$93K
Median: $117K
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Security Architect Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
7%
2 - 4
27%
5 - 7
41%
8+
25%
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Cloud Security Architect
Oct 25, 2021

“Good learning opportunity and good On”

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Mar 21, 2022

“Good work and life balance”

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Senior Software Security Architect
Apr 11, 2022

“The salary was exactly what I expected and above”

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Mar 21, 2021

“Salary was light but not as contractor.”

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Apr 15, 2021

“Good work life balance and ever changing daily schedule.”

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Mar 22, 2021

“Employee's career goals are considered and opportunities are given.”

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Oct 1, 2021

“Over my time at Herc I have been able to grow in my career and receive assistance from Senior Leadership every step of the way.”

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May 21, 2022

“6 Great at accommodating to your schedule”

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