Skills of Security Architect

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What skills should/does a Security Architect have?
Dec 19, 2018 in Career Counselling by Vidhyut
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  • Knowledge about Risk assessment procedures, policy formation, role-based authorization methodologies, authentication technologies etc.
  •  Knowledge about ISO 27001/27002, ITIL and COBIT frameworks
  • Knowledge about Operating Systems (Windows, Mac and Linux)
  • Knowledge and experience in implementing firewall, IDS/IPS, network access control and network segmentation
  • Knowledge about Router, switch and VLAN security; wireless security
  • Knowledge about DNS, routing, authentication, VPN, proxy services and DDOS mitigation technologies​
answered Dec 19, 2018 by Madhya
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Some of the key skills a security Architect should have:

  • Acquire a complete understanding of a company’s technology and information systems
  • Plan, research and design robust security architectures for any IT project
  • Perform vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments
  • Research security standards, security systems and authentication protocols
  • Develop requirements for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), routers, firewalls, and related network devices
  • Design public key infrastructures (PKIs), including use of certification authorities (CAs) and digital signatures
  • Prepare cost estimates and identify integration issues
  • Review and approve installation of firewall, VPN, routers, IDS scanning technologies and servers
  • Test final security structures to ensure they behave as expected
  • Provide technical supervision for (and guidance to) a security team
  • Define, implement and maintain corporate security policies and procedures
  • Oversee security awareness programs and educational efforts
  • Respond immediately to security-related incidents and provide a thorough post-event analysis
  • Update and upgrade security systems as needed

answered Apr 9 by sumit
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  • Since Security Architect is classified as a managerial position, an aspirant must have a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences or CyberSecurity, with at least five years’ experience in computer security.  
  • Additionally, they should have knowledge of authentication technologies, risk management, assessment procedures, and security attack pathologies, Windows, Unix or Linux operating systems, and network security and architecture, among others.
  • As they will need to interact with different teams, they should have strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Certifications that employers look for in IT Architects include the CISM (Certified Information Security Manager), CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker).
answered Jul 25 by Gitika
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