An information technology (IT) security architect is responsible for the network and computer security for their company. At the early stages of the security life cycle, the security architect acts as a project leader to plan, research, and design elements of security. The security architect starts by creating a general design, planning intended features and functionality. Then, the security architect delegates tasks to members of an assigned programming team to develop the modules necessary for the final security structure. After the pieces have been created, the security architect integrates the security modules and begins testing the final security structure to ensure it behaves as intended. The IT security architect then develops the company policies and procedures for how their company's employees will use the security systems. After researching possible authentication protocols, the security architect selects a scheme to use and implements the selected protocols.
The IT security architect also responds to any tickets or problem reports for the system. Further, in the event that there is a security incident, the security architect performs a post-event analysis to determine how robust the system is and develop any necessary changes. Security architects tend to work full time in a general office environment.
A bachelor's degree in computer security, computer science, or a related field is generally required for this position. Previous experience in a related field may be required as well.
Security Architect, IT Tasks
Research, design, and oversee implementation of information technology, systems, and policies for information security in support of business needs.