Security Consultant - Security Architecture - job id 33987


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Security Consultant - Security Architecture

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Baltimore 3



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Jessica Ohmer


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(646) 876-9549


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(212) 616-4800 ext-570




A Contract position at a global financial services firm.

Pay Options: w2, NO 3rd party / Subcontract / 1099

Contact Jessica Ohmer call (646)876-9549 / (212)616-4800 ext.570 or email jessica@sans.com with the Job Code JO33987

Location: Baltimore, MD

Skills required for the position: Information Security, VULNERABILITY, AUTHENTICATION


Detailed Info:

A Senior Security Architecture Specialist has the following responsibilities:

  • Lead architecture consulting to construct Security Architectures for a business unit or infrastructure Technology team

  • Conduct risk assessment and provide technology risk/requirements to address risks identified. Areas covered:

    • a) Authentication, Authorization, Auditing

    • b) Application Security: Session Security, Vulnerability/Penetration Testing items, Input Validationc) Secure data transport and storage

  • Periodically review security reference architecture (security blueprints) and conduct updates/enhancements to guidance, policies, or other applicable reference materials

  • Participate in various Operational and Technology Risk governance processes

  • Lead, where applicable, a role in architecture review committees representing Security Architecture


Security Architecture Skills Required:

  • In depth knowledge of application, network and platform security vulnerabilities.

  • Ability to explain vulnerabilities to developers

  • Experience in conducting Information Security, Security Architecture, Audit assessments. Presenting the outcomes of the assessment and obtaining buy in.

  • Strong focus on reviewing technical designs and functional requirements to identify areas of Security weakness.

  • The candidate must have working experience in the following application/network security domains:

    • a) Authentication: SAML, SiteMinder, Kerberos, OpenId

    • b) Entitlements and identity management

    • c) Data protection, data leakage prevention and secure data transfer and storage

    • d) App Security - validation checking, software attack methodologies) Cryptography: encryption and hashing


Soft Skills Required:

  1. Excellent communication skills: written, oral, presentation, listening

  2. Ability to influence through factual reasoning

  3. Time management: ability to handle multiple concurrent assessments, plan based deliverable management, strong follow up and tracking

  4. Strong focus on delivery when presented with short timelines and increased involvement from senior management

  5. Ability to adjust communication of technology risks vs business risks based on the audience

  6. Ability to operate in multiple virtual teams, directly manage teams, or ability to operate as a sole-contributor


Desired Skills:

  • Knowledge of standard network model and the risks that present at each layer, the functions of network equipment such as switches, routers, firewalls, proxies, vpn, and load-balancers, and to understand network architecture.

  • The candidate must have working knowledge of the primary operating systems (Unix, Windows, z/OS, Mac OS), the configuration and management of that platform at an enterprise scale, the security risks to that platform, and how to mitigate those risks.

  • Experience in testing tools, at least one of Veracode, Fortify, OunceLabs, AppScan, WebInspect, BurpDevelopmentEven though the SecArch role is not a development role, the candidate must have previous background in programming, design and/or application architecture In order to be a practical SecArch

  • the candidate must have experience implementing complex applications in an enterprise environment:

  • Working knowledge of programming and scripting languages: Java, JavaScript, C#, C/C++, Perl, Python, Ruby

  • In-depth knowledge of web technologies such as Web Browsers, Web Servers, Web ServicesOther


Areas of Expertise Desired:

  • Frameworks, protocols and subsystems: J2EE, .NET, Spring, RPC, SOAP, MQSeries,JMS, RMI, JMX, Hibernate

  • Knowledge of JSP /Servlet/EJB or ASP.NET, HTTP/HTTPS, Cookies, AJAX, JavaScript, Flex / Silverlight

  • Database design and programming experience

  • Experience of liaising with 3rd Party Entities (exchanges, suppliers, regulators)

  • Experience in conducting and/or reviewing penetration tests, dynamic vulnerability assessments and static vulnerability assessments

  • Understanding of geographic regulations and their impact on Security assessments

  • Previous experience in Financial Services is preferred

  • CISSP or other industry qualification

  • Experience working with global organizations


Educational Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree with minimum 7 years relevant work experience in high-paced, enterprise environment


The position offers competitive rate.


Job Id: 33987