Security Architect

Security Architects anticipate potential threats and design systems to detect them.

Role overview

Security architects combine extensive hardware and software knowledge with policy development to anticipate cyber threats and design the systems that detect and prevent them. When new networks are developed, a security architect is needed to oversee the network build and ensure that the best defensive measures are implemented from day one.

Security Architects
may also be referred to as:
Cloud Security Architect
Cyber Architect
Cybersecurity Architect
Firewall Architect
Information Security Architect
IT Security Architect
Network Security Architect
Vehicle Security Architect

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Average Salary

Based upon experience, salary for this role ranges from:
$150,000
National Average
$185,000
$220,000
* based upon those with two plus years of cybersecurity experience

Responsibilities

Assessing IT and technology to identify security strengths and weaknesses.
Conducting penetration tests, risk assessments, and ethical hacks on networks.
Analyzing routers, firewalls, and other security systems to determine efficacy and efficiency.
Planning and implementing architectural changes to boost security structures and developing entirely new security architectures.
Preparing budgets, overseeing expenses, and allocating personnel resources for the security team.
Leading analysts, security administrators, and security engineers to coordinate effective security protocols.
Assessing the causes, damage, and data recovery when incidents arise, preparing incident reports for the organization, and updating architecture in response.

Tools & Environment

Security Architects often use operating systems such as Windows and Linux, and will regularly work with network architecture, risk management and assessment theories, routing, authentication, and proxy services. These individuals will also need to be proficient in security testing and scanning tools, and they also often have an understanding of cybersecurity frameworks and regulations.

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