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At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.

As a member of the Enterprise Information Risk & Cybersecurity (EIRC) Security Architecture team, you’ll be responsible for providing security architecture guidance and solutions that protect the organization, while enabling business. The security architect will work closely with enterprise partners, including but not limited to security engineering and operations, IT infrastructure, application development, enterprise architecture, and audit.

The ideal candidate will have a deep technical knowledge and will be responsible for providing end to end Security Solutions covering a broad range of security technologies and platforms to deliver secure business-to-business initiatives, third-party relationships, outsourced solutions and vendors.

The lead security architect provides experienced guidance for addressing current security challenges but is able to be forward thinking and proactively deliver efficient security solutions. The architect is encouraged to think like an adversary and identify how solutions should evolve as the threat landscape changes. The architect should possess good communication and interpersonal skills and interact well within the team structure and across varying levels of the organization.

What's the role?

  • Help mature the EIRC organization and overall enterprise security posture by assessing control effectiveness against current and emerging threats while partnering with technology teams to ensure industry standard and best practice platform, network and endpoint security.

  • Support the overall EIRC mission, strategy, and delivery of objectives.

  • Build strong working relationships with technical and enterprise architecture teams so that security is well integrated into the environment.

  • Interpret and apply understanding of policy, process, architecture, regulatory, audit and compliance implications in order to assist the development of technical solutions or controls.

  • Maintain a deep understanding and application of security concepts at a technical level.

  • Provide reporting and metrics, as needed.

What we’re looking for:

  • 6+ years’ experience in some combination of the following disciplines with an emphasis on information security/security architecture: network architecture, IT perimeter design, application architecture and design, common authentication protocols and frameworks, industry standard frameworks (NIST, ISO), Cloud, DNS, VPN, SOC, SIEM, Email security, Cryptography concepts.

  • A passion for information security and knowledge of the latest threats, trends and concerns.

  • Authority in security processes across multiple domains and disciplines – on premise and cloud / SaaS based applications, data, infrastructure and mobile solutions.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of common adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) (MITRE ATT&CK framework), Cyber Kill Chain, and other relevant cybersecurity frameworks.

  • Must be highly collaborative, able to interact and connect with peers, management and leadership teams of varying technical levels, and act quickly when security challenges or requirements arise.

  • Knowledge of and experience with cloud deployment models and architectures a plus

  • Experience with Agile methodologies – TDD, Scrum, Kanban a plus

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent experience

  • CISSP and/or SANS certification preferred

  • Networking certification (CCIE) or CCSP a plus

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!


This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or status as a protected veteran, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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