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Senior Cybersecurity Engineer

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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.

Requires 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 senior security architect provides expert guidance for addressing current security challenges but is able to be forward thinking and proactively deliver optimal security solutions. The architect is expected to think like an adversary and identify how solutions should evolve as the threat landscape changes. The architect should possess strong communication and organizational skills and interact well within the team structure and across varying levels of the organization.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Help mature the IRC 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 IRC mission, strategy, and delivery of objectives.

  • Build strong working relationships and work closely with technical and enterprise architecture teams to ensure 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 architecture and roadmaps for incorporating infrastructure security devices, including IPS, SIEM, malware proxies, network and systems access controls, firewalls, authentication devices, enterprise monitoring systems, etc.

  • Enable security and compliance by design to help mitigate threats while positioning for future expansion and business enablement.

  • Ensure operational reliability and support of IT services delivered to customers and users are according to defined SLA metrics for confidentiality, integrity and availability from a design, architecture and integration perspective.

  • Analyze non-integrated and emerging technologies for business enablement and security compliance.

  • Conceptualize possible future functional and non-functional requirements into architecture platform technical strategy and detailed design to meet business objectives.

  • Provide guidance and direction to the overall technical strategy and roadmap by aligning cost-effective and reusable solutions while advancing the usage of new emerging trends and technical capabilities.


  • 6+ years’ experience in some combination of the following disciplines with an emphasis on information security/security architecture specifically within identity and access management, network architecture, 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 cybersecurity and knowledge of the latest threats, trends and concerns.

  • Subject matter expert for 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 effectively interact and communicate with peers, management and leadership teams of varying technical levels, and act with a sense of urgency when security challenges or requirements arise.

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

  • CISSP and/or SANS certification preferred

  • ISSAP or CCSP a plus

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Please note that this is the standard pay structure. Positions in certain locations (such as California) may provide an increase on the standard pay structure based on the location. Please click here for additional information relating to location-based pay structures.

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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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