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Principal IT Security Architect

Company: Western Governors University
Location: Salt Lake City
Posted on: February 7, 2024

Job Description:

The salary range for this role takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.At WGU, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role, and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is: Pay Range: $157,000.00 - $243,400.00If you're passionate about building a better future for individuals, communities, and our country-and you're committed to working hard to play your part in building that future-consider WGU as the next step in your career.Driven by a mission to expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs, WGU is also committed to being a great place to work for a diverse workforce of student-focused professionals. The university has pioneered a new way to learn in the 21st century, one that has received praise from academic, industry, government, and media leaders. Whatever your role, working for WGU gives you a part to play in helping students graduate, creating a better tomorrow for themselves and their families.Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Works with developers as part of the Software Development Life Cycle
  • Cultivates secure coding standards based on industry accepted frameworks.
  • Understands how to identify, exploit, and remediate common application vulnerabilities through use of tools and code review.
  • Prioritizes and tracks assigned security issues.
  • Enforces secure development standards and requirements.
  • Familiar with compliance & security standards across the enterprise IT landscape deep understanding of enterprise risk management methods and techniques to drive successful outcomes in a complex environment.
  • Hardens networks, containers, VMs, and other cloud infrastructure to reduce risk of cloud security misconfigurations.
  • Writes and implements policy-as-code to automate the enforcement of compliance and security configuration management.
  • Demonstrates working knowledge of cloud computing technologies.
  • Familiar with archive, backup/recovery, and business continuity processes in distributed operations
  • Demonstrates ability to think strategically about business, product, and technical challenges.
  • Assists with penetration testing, incident handling/digital forensics, continuous monitoring, intrusion detection/prevention, vulnerability management.
  • Functions equally well in abstract, conceptual, and architectural work as in granular technical implementation and configuration work.
  • Participates in tactical projects as they arise to clarify and respond to identified security risks across different technical domains.
  • Assists in the development of cloud security policies and procedures.
  • Builds and maintains relationships across the University to promote cloud security initiatives.
  • Identifies gaps in the University's security model, suggest solutions including tools and processes.
  • Engages with security architects to capture design requirements for cloud architectures and implementation strategies.
  • Creates new processes, identify new threats and mitigation strategies.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:
    • Experience with security industry standards and best practices. Proven experience with interpretation and implementation of those standards in a corporate environment.
    • High integrity. Will be working with sensitive data.
    • Operate Information security tools and processes.
    • Execute established security practices with consistency and discipline.
    • Hands on experience integrating security into the various stages of a CI/CD pipeline.
    • Solid understanding of core AWS services including compute (EC2, ECS, Lambda), network (VPC, Subnets, Security Groups), storage (S3, EFS, EBS), database (RDS), and identity (IAM).
    • Complete understanding of cloud security engineering principles as applied in the support of, and integration with, key business and strategic priorities.
    • Ability to contribute new intellectual capital through deep knowledge and direct professional experience in a subject matter area or technical domain within this function.
    • Experience maintaining cloud resources using infrastructure-as-code (CloudFormation, CDK, etc.).
    • Scripting language experience (Bash, Python, etc.) with strong working knowledge of automation.
    • Strong analytical and technical skills.
    • Good written and oral communication skills.
    • Knowledge of threat modeling and risk assessment strategies.
    • Highly technical and analytical, possessing 7 or more years of IT implementation experience.Leadership:
      • Responsible for providing guidance, coaching, and training to other employees across the University within an area of expertise.
      • Typically, responsible for managing large, complex project initiatives or strategic importance solutions to the organization, involving large cross-functional teams.
      • Individual may have direct reports, but generally fewer than three.Job Qualifications:Minimum Qualifications:
        • Bachelor's degree in related field or equivalent experience.
        • 15 years of prior relevant experience.
        • Recognized expert or thought leader in the area of technical discipline.Preferred Qualifications:
          • Strong experience with distance education and distance learning students is preferred.
          • CISSP Certification
          • Masters Degree in IT seucir9ity, compliance or risk management
          • ISACA Certifications.
          • Experience working with application security platforms
          • Working knowledge of intrusion detection methodologies and techniques for detecting intrusions via intrusion detection technologies.
          • Solid understanding of the AWS well architected framework with working experience on implementing the security pillar of the framework.
          • CCSP, CCSK, CISSP and AWS certifications.
          • Working knowledge of federated single sign on (SSO) solutions.
          • Experience with designing and implementing native AWS security tools like Guard Duty, Security Hub, IAM access analyzer, Macie, Inspector, and WAF.
          • Technical knowledge of securing containers and apply security controls to container orchestration platform
          • Ability to assist in establishing a DevSecOps process using available AWS services
          • Practical working experience establishing AWS IAM user groups, roles, and policies*Current WGU employees must submit their internal application prior to 1/21/2024 to be considered for this position*Disclaimer: This Job Description has been designed to indicate the general nature, essential duties, and responsibilities of work performed by employees within this classification. It does not contain a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications that are required of the employee to do this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This Job Description does not constitute a contract of employment and the University may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.#LI-aw2#LI-remoteAs an equal opportunity employer, WGU recognizes that our strength lies in our people. We are committed to diversity.

Keywords: Western Governors University, Salt Lake City , Principal IT Security Architect, Education / Teaching , Salt Lake City, Utah

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