Security Architect Overview
A security architect is the individual who is responsible for maintaining the security of a company’s computer system. They must think like a hacker would, because they must anticipate all of the moves and tactics that hackers will use to try and gain unauthorized access to the computer system. They sometimes have to work odd hours, and they must constantly stay current on the latest developments both on the security end and the attacking end. Many information technology experts feel that the best security architect’s are former hackers, making them very adept at understanding how the hackers will operate.
Job Duties List
A security architect’s first duty when beginning a new job is to gain a thorough understanding of the company’s systems. They must learn who has access and where the weak points of the systems are. They then must recommend ways to improve and update the security of the company’s computers. They must be able to recommend ways to improve a system’s security through both hardware and software. The next duty of a security architect is to set user policies and protocols, monitor them, and enforce them. They must also set up countermeasures that protect the system when an unauthorized user attempts to gain access to the system.
How to become a(n) Security Architect
Security Architecture and Design is one of the fastest growing areas of the tech industry and InfoSec Institute is proud to offer a variety of training courses to help students get their foot in the door. Our Security Architecture Design and Assessment Training course is one of our most popular security courses and provides everything you need to kick start your career!
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Common Courses for Security Architect
Enterprise Security Architecture and Design Training Boot Camp
CISSP Training Boot Camp
Ethical Hacking Boot Camp - CEH v10 Training
Computer and Mobile Forensics Training Boot Camp
The job outlook for security architects, like almost every position in the information technology realm, is quite good. The number of computers worldwide is constantly increasing, and with more users comes more opportunities for IT professionals. As well as the increase in computers, there is also an increase in the number of hackers trying to obtain illicit access to companies’ computer systems. This will allow security architects to prove their worth to companies by stopping these attacks before they gain access to valuable company information. The future is very bright for security architects.
Becoming a security architect is not the highest paying job in the information technology field, but it does pay quite well. The vast majority of security architects earn in the neighborhood of $50,000 TO $90,000 a year, depending on their experience level and amount of responsibility. Obviously, the bigger the company, the more computers and systems that the security architect will have to protect. Larger companies will usually pay well over six figure salaries to their security architects. The most common salary level for security architects is in the neighborhood of $65,000.
Security Architect Resources
Common Certifications for Security Architects
Courses for Security Architects