What does a Security Architect do?

Security architects design security structures and systems to protect and defend against malware and other intrusions to a computer system. Once structures and systems are in place, security architects run an audit of the entire system to test it for any weaknesses or vulnerabilities. They meet with upper management to understand the company's technology and information systems and new and pressing needs. They plan, research, and design security architecture for the company and perform vulnerability testing and security assessments of the new software and systems. They will sometimes hire an ethical hacker to consult on system weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Security architects provide technical supervision to security teams and oversee company security awareness programs. They also respond immediately to service-related incidents and develop requirements for a company’s local, wide, and virtual private networks and requirements for routers, firewalls, and related network devices. They review and approve the installation of firewalls, VPNs, routers, and servers and update security systems as needed. Security architects need a bachelor's degree in computer science and experience in software engineering.

Work/Life Balance
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Career Opportunity
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

Security Architect Salaries

Average Base Pay

$153,751 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $154K
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Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
Cloud Security Architect
Oct 25, 2021

“Good learning opportunity and good On”

Senior Security Architect
Sep 21, 2019

“You get to work with good and talented people.”

Security Architect
Mar 21, 2021

“Salary was light but not as contractor.”

Vivint Smart HomeVivint Smart Home
Smart Home Professional (Technician)
Apr 15, 2021

“Good work life balance and ever changing daily schedule.”

Security Architect
Mar 22, 2021

“Employee's career goals are considered and opportunities are given.”

Herc RentalsHerc Rentals
Cyber Security Architect
Oct 1, 2021

“Over my time at Herc I have been able to grow in my career and receive assistance from Senior Leadership every step of the way.”

Dell TechnologiesDell Technologies
Security Architect
Sep 3, 2019

“It had great Work life balance”

Nomura Research InstituteNomura Research Institute
Security Architect
Mar 4, 2021

“I can have a good salary”

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