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What is cyber security architecture?

Cyber security architecture is the implementation of a computer network’s security model. The security model outlines the necessary requirements of the business’ security protocols, such as access authorisation and data encryption and the security architecture is the tools and frameworks that ensure these requirements are met.

What is a security architect?

A security architect is responsible for the development, building, implementation and monitoring of a company’s security frameworks. From identifying the necessary security limitations of the business to creating and applying solutions, this is a consistent process which must be maintained and monitored regularly.

What is the role of a security architect?

  • Plan, research and design security structures

Security architects must research the common issues their type of business might face as well as undertake vulnerability assessments to identify existing issues which must be resolved by the company’s infrastructure.

  • Develop and maintain security risk assessments

As an ongoing task, IT security architects will need to produce risk assessments and regularly undertake them to observe the performance of the overall infrastructure, both to identify new problems and understand how effectively changes are implemented.

  • Test final structures

Once new structures, programs or frameworks are ready to be implemented, security architects will need to test them to ensure that all vulnerabilities have been dealt with, that all programs operate as they should and that the systems are easy to understand and use by other relevant staff members.

  • Monitor and manage

After all testing and implementation, security architects work in-house or on a regular contract will also need to monitor the performance of an organisation’s security frameworks they have implemented. This will be to ensure everything continues to operate as expected and that any new threats identified can be dealt with as quickly as possible.

A security architect may also be required to develop security practices for employees and train staff to follow them to ensure a comprehensive security network across the organisation.

How much does a security architect make?

https://www.payscale.com states that the average security architect salary is around £57,000 and the lower 10% of security architects in the UK make around £42,000. In the US, PayScale records the average salary as $121,000 and the lower 10% at $83,000.

Security architects are responsible for the entire security infrastructure of a business’ computer network so the level of skill and experience expected is high.

How do I become a security architect?

Security architect is a senior position so extensive experience of at least 5-10 years in the field of cyber security is often a necessary requirement.

In addition to this, some skills you will need to exhibit include:

  • In-Depth knowledge of coding languages
  • Experience with multiple computer systems e.g. Windows, Linux
  • Knowledge of security controls such as firewalls and IDS/IPS
  • The ability to implement security concepts like VPN, proxy servers and authentication procedures
  • Risk assessment completion and management

Some security architect positions may require more focused specialisations, such as cloud security architect which will require experience in setting up and managing cloud security systems.

What qualifications does a security architect need?

As a senior position, security architects will usually need to hold a bachelor’s degree in computer science or computer engineering. However, if you have a degree in an unrelated field, it might we work working towards a master’s degree in IT security to support your experience when looking for jobs.

There are also a number of security architect certifications which will also help you prove to employers that you are qualified to be a security architect. These include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Security architect vs security engineer – what’s the difference?

While both positions may have overlapping responsibilities, the general view is that security architects design the system to be implemented and the security engineer implements it. Job titles are varying across companies and some recruiters will use the titles interchangeably so looking closely at a job description to see if it fits your remit of experience is an important part of the job search process.

If you feel that security architect and engineer roles would both work for you, you may want to consider optimising your CV in a way that it can be discovered for both roles.

 

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