A Security Architect is an essential and crucial career path in Information Technology. Let this blog explain who Security Architect is and what they do? He is the one who purely handles the security of computer systems and networks. A Security Architect builds and designs the security of computers and networks for an organization. Also, stop all moves and breaching sensitive information by keeping a keen eye on hackers. They must think like hackers so that they can always stay one step ahead of them. This job is for a person who can handle stress, work late at the office, work in odd hours, and consistently lay an eye on the latest security developments. Basically, it’s a day and night job.

It plays a significant role in the IT department. A Security Architect is someone who tends to design the whole security system of an organization, including its computer system and networks.

Responsibilities

As a security engineer, you must try to learn and understand the whole computer system of the organization. Because they have to design a Security Architecture system that prevents hacks, breach of information, malware, and cyber-attacks. After getting all vital information on the computer system, they must learn hard two things; who has access to the system? And what are the weak points of the system? It also requires below responsibilities,

  • They are the ones who assist costing, give technical guidance, make secure infrastructure, and avoid risks.
  • They also design and strictly implement corporate securities and policies.
  • Security Architect initially learns IT system of your company then plan to design robust architecture for security system and authentication protocols.
  • After installing the security system, they also perform vulnerability testing and risk analysis.
  • Once the system is set up, and things start to run smoothly, security engineers must perform an audit of all systems running.
  • They keep a keen eye on the security system and update and upgrade accordingly.
  • Security engineer also arrange awareness seminars in an organization where he tries to educate people about everyday security manipulation
  • Does essential everyday duties of installing a firewall, VPN, IDS scanning technologies routers, and servers
  • Resolve and identify integration issues.
  • Security Architect maintains network devices like local area networks (LANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), extensive area networks (WANs), routers, firewalls, etc.
  • Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) is a technology that authenticates users and digital devices of a company; it is designed by the system architect.

Career Pathway of Security Architect

Initial level Security Architect job

  1. System administrator
  2. Network administrator
  3. Security administrator

Mid-level Security Architect job

  1. Security consultant
  2. Security analyst
  3. Security specialist

Higher-level Security Architect

  1. Senior Security Architect
  2. IT Project Manager
  3. Chief Security Architect.
  4. CISCO

There are other similar jobs as Security Architect Information Security Architect, Information Technology Architect, Information Systems Security Architect, and Enterprise Information Security Architect.

Degree Requirement

IF someone wants to have a career in Security Architect, he/she must initiate by studying computer engineering, information technology, cybersecurity, or computer science bachelor's degrees in the university.

If he/she doesn’t have a bachelor’s degree in the computer science field, then study IT security or cybersecurity in the master's field.

Hard Skills

If you want to become a Security Architect, then you must have below hard skills,

  • Operating system knowledge; LINUX, Windows, and UNIX.
  • Wireless security; security of Router, switch, and VLAN.
  • Clear security-related concept: DDOS mitigation technologies, routing, DNS, VPN, proxy, and authentication.
  • Implementation of IT strategy, Security Architecture, and enterprise architecture.
  • Security of network architecture.
  • Cloud assessment implementation and external party auditing.
  • ISO 27001/27002 framework.
  • ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library) framework.
  • COBIT (Control Objective over Information and related Technology) framework.
  • Laws of cyber and ethics laws.
  • Both wired and wireless are being secured.

Soft Skill

Along with hard skills, this field also requires some soft handy skillset. Such as,

  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Excellent verbal skills.
  • Manage staff/team morale, inspire them.
  • Mentoring employees who are facing difficulties.
  • Guiding non-technical employees.
  • You must be a creative and strategic problem solver.

Certification of Security Architect

CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker

  • It is the most popular certification among security career-oriented people.
  • It promotes international security practice.
  • CEH is an essential certification that is held by every Security Architect
  • It is offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council).

CSSA: Certified SCADA Security Architect

  • This certification focuses on if a student possesses guidance to secure SCADA system.
  • It is designed for mega industries like oil gas and water.
  • The CSSA certification is very beneficial for network managers at industries, as well as IT-oriented employees and their managers
  • It asses vulnerability assessment.
  • It trains the candidate to detect attacks on SCADA systems.
  • The CSSA certification encompasses authorization and authentication of the user

CISSP: Certified Information Systems Security Professional

  • IT company recruiters prefer Security Architects to have a must CISSP certification name in their CV.
  • Courses in Certified Information Systems Security Professional include; Networking, Access Control, Telecommunications, and Cryptography.

CISSP-ISSAP: Information Systems Security Architecture Professional

  • CISSP-ISSAP is certification if you are an analyst of security or chief of a Security Architect.
  • This certification teaches to improve your abilities in designing, analyzing, and developing security essentials for the company.
  • It also makes you expert in giving an opinion regarding risk-based guidance, so you can meet the security goals of your organization.
  • It covers the subject of security assessment, security engineering and architecture, communication, network security, and software development security. 

CISM: Certified Information Security Manager

  • It guides you about the design and management of information
  • It trains you about incident management and compliance information.
  • It develops and manages information security of an organization
  • It advocates professional involved in governance and security assessment of the organization
  • Certification of CISM cost between $400 to $600.

Conclusion

This blog will help you to initiate your career as a Security Architect. A Security Architect is someone who installs the whole architecture of security systems in your organization with the help of a computer system and networking. Security Architect is one step ahead of hackers because he had to stop all hacking activities before it happens. There are specific responsibilities of Security Architects such as, knowledge of the operating systems (LINUX, Windows, and UNIX), developing skillset of network and Security Architect.

He must start his career with System, Network or Security administrator. Later he will be on manager level as chief Security Architect. He should have computer engineering, information technology, cybersecurity, or computer science bachelor's degree.

There are several certifications to make him excel in his career path; CISSP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISM, CEH, and CSSA.

About The Author
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Abdul Mujeeb

Abdul Mujeeb is a Training Operations manager at QuickStart Technologies. He has over 10+ years of managing varied domains of technical side of businesses from Implementation, Consultation, and Architecture Solutions for Startup. Apart from that he also has expertise around Security+, CEH, CCNA, Web Development, Software Development & integration, Information System, Project Manager Implementation, SQA & Architecture Development, and IT Consultation for Startups.