Security Architects design, create and monitor the deployment of an organization’s network and computer security. To achieve this, these individuals build complex security systems and ensure that they function properly. They are responsible for the maintenance of the security of an entire organization.
They need to be aware of how hackers operate to preempt their moves. Work flexible hours whenever the need arises. Often, former hackers become Information Technology Architects as they understand how hackers think and operate.
When they join an organization, Security Architects understand their systems thoroughly. Following that, they research, plan, and devise resilient security mechanisms. They carry out risk assessments, test for vulnerabilities, perform security evaluations, research security systems and standards and authentication protocols. Architects state requirements for routers, LANs (local area networks), WANs (wide area networks), firewalls, VPNs (virtual private networks), and other susceptible network devices.
Moreover, they need to strategize public key infrastructures (PKIs), including the use of digital signatures and certification authorities (CAs). Architects examine and certify installations of servers, routers, VPNs, and firewall, among others. They inspect final security mechanisms to confirm that they are functioning as they should.
Architects also need to monitor and guide the security team, and outline, implement and take ownership of an organization’s security policies and processes. Finally, they ensure that security systems are updated and upgraded as per requirements, and educate users on security issues.
Whenever issues related to security arise, they should take measures to resolve them immediately and document these processes for future use.
Future of Security Architects
As the role of IT Architects is critical, they will continue to be in demand for enterprises and organizations of all hues. In fact, their numbers will grow as new technologies are adopted and more people embrace smartphones and mobile devices.
According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs for Information Security Analysts are estimated to grow 28 percent during the period 2016-2026, which is way higher than the average for all job profiles.
Educational Requirements for Security Architects
Since Security Architect is classified a managerial position, an aspirant must have a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences or cybersecurity, with at least five years’ experience in computer security.
Additionally, they should have knowledge of authentication technologies, risk management, assessment procedures, and security attack pathologies, Windows, Unix or Linux operating systems, and network security and architecture, among others.
As they will need to interact with different teams, they should have strong written and oral communication skills.
Certifications that employers look for in IT Architects include the CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker).
Earnings of Security Architects
The average annual salary of a Security Architect is $123,448, according to payscale.com.
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