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Senior Security Architect (Washington, D.C.)

Law Enforcement and Security

Diplomatic Security


Washington, Washington DC, United States

At IBM, work is more than a job - it's a calling: To build. To design. To code. To consult. To think along with clients and sell. To make markets. To invent. To collaborate. Not just to do something better, but to attempt things you've never thought possible. Are you ready to lead in this new era of technology and solve some of the world's most challenging problems? If so, lets talk.

Your Role and Responsibilities
Are you a security guru who loves a challenge? We are looking for an experienced and dedicated Security Solution Architect to join our US Federal Cybersecurity team. Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues of our generation. No other company has the powerful combination of talent, industry-leading security technology, global reach and cognitive capabilities to combat cybersecurity threats. This is more than just a job. If you want to help protect the world's cyber infrastructure and transform the security industry, we want to hear from you.

As a Security Solution Architect, you will be asked to leverage your cybersecurity skills along with your deep understanding of how various IT systems and security solutions must integrate for effective operational performance. You will help solve complex business problems by interfacing directly with clients and colleagues to understand challenges and design technical approaches to solving business and security problems. You will support business development efforts by articulating vision and design concepts for proposal development. You have the knowledge to create, review, and validate security architectures to meet our client’s mission requirements. This role is dynamic, allowing you to work with clients, proposal teams, project teams, and capability offering teams to develop or validate system architectures against Federal and client security requirements. You will bring an agile approach and can break complex problems into simple solutions. You can effectively articulate technology architectures to business leaders with an executive-level pitch. You enjoy getting hands on latest technology and map to business outcomes.

Your Responsibilities:
  • Work with business leaders, technology architects, solution designers, and vendors to design cloud security solutions that meet the business needs of the enterprise.
  • Act as a Subject Matter Expert for the organization to drive end-to-end cloud security architecture. Maintain overall industry knowledge on latest trends, technology, etc.
  • Create security reference architectures for the public cloud and hybrid cloud initiatives.
  • Analyze and design cloud application deployments and security strategy and processes.
  • Use your expertise to back decisions with research and the “why”, articulate available options, with pros and cons and make sound recommendations.
  • Understand how your skills align to delivering cybersecurity concepts, services and products to meet enterprise security requirements.
  • Drive the security conversation and assist customers by providing deployment guidance, supporting development of the customers security model, and providing appropriate recommendations to secure their workloads.
*Must sit within commutable distance to the D.C. area

Required Technical and Professional Expertise
  • Extensive experience in US Federal security frameworks (e.g.FISMA, FedRAMP, RMF, NIST 800-53 required).
  • Experience with large scale and complex system integrations, cloud security, and zero trust architectures required.
  • Experience articulating design concepts in writing, supporting proposals and presentations.
  • Proven track record of developing systems architectures that meet or exceed US Federal requirements.
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance (Secret or higher).

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise
  • Expertise with industry-specific compliance frameworks such as: PCI-DSS, HIPPA, FISMA, SOC, FedRAMP
  • CISSP/CISM Certified or equivalent cybersecurity credential
  • Experience in security capabilities on Public clouds (AWS, Azure, Google etc.)

About Business Unit
IBM Consulting is IBM’s consulting and global professional services business, with market leading capabilities in business and technology transformation. With deep expertise in many industries, we offer strategy, experience, technology, and operations services to many of the most innovative and valuable companies in the world. Our people are focused on accelerating our clients’ businesses through the power of collaboration. We believe in the power of technology responsibly used to help people, partners and the planet.

Your Life @ IBM
In a world where technology never stands still, we understand that, dedication to our clients success, innovation that matters, and trust and personal responsibility in all our relationships, lives in what we do as IBMers as we strive to be the catalyst that makes the world work better.

Being an IBMer means you’ll be able to learn and develop yourself and your career, you’ll be encouraged to be courageous and experiment everyday, all whilst having continuous trust and support in an environment where everyone can thrive whatever their personal or professional background.

Our IBMers are growth minded, always staying curious, open to feedback and learning new information and skills to constantly transform themselves and our company. They are trusted to provide on-going feedback to help other IBMers grow, as well as collaborate with colleagues keeping in mind a team focused approach to include different perspectives to drive exceptional outcomes for our customers. The courage our IBMers have to make critical decisions everyday is essential to IBM becoming the catalyst for progress, always embracing challenges with resources they have to hand, a can-do attitude and always striving for an outcome focused approach within everything that they do.

Are you ready to be an IBMer?

About IBM
IBM’s greatest invention is the IBMer. We believe that through the application of intelligence, reason and science, we can improve business, society and the human condition, bringing the power of an open hybrid cloud and AI strategy to life for our clients and partners around the world.Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are not only one of the largest corporate organizations in the world, we’re also one of the biggest technology and consulting employers, with many of the Fortune 50 companies relying on the IBM Cloud to run their business. At IBM, we pride ourselves on being an early adopter of artificial intelligence, quantum computing and blockchain. Now it’s time for you to join us on our journey to being a responsible technology innovator and a force for good in the world.

Location Statement
IBM offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program. Eligible employees may have access to:

- Healthcare benefits including medical & prescription drug coverage, dental, vision, and mental health & well being
- Financial programs such as 401(k), the IBM Employee Stock Purchase Plan, financial counseling, life insurance, short & long- term disability coverage, and opportunities for performance based salary incentive programs
- Generous paid time off including 12 holidays, minimum 56 hours sick time, 120 hours vacation, 12 weeks parental bonding leave in accordance with IBM Policy, and other Paid Care Leave programs. IBM also offers paid family leave benefits to eligible employees where required by applicable law
- Training and educational resources on our personalized, AI-driven learning platform where IBMers can grow skills and obtain industry-recognized certifications to achieve their career goals
- Diverse and inclusive employee resource groups, giving & volunteer opportunities, and discounts on retail products, services & experiences

The compensation range and benefits for this position are based on a full-time schedule for a full calendar year. The salary will vary depending on your job-related skills, experience and location. Pay increment and frequency of pay will be in accordance with employment classification and applicable laws. For part time roles, your compensation and benefits will be adjusted to reflect your hours. Benefits may be pro-rated for those who start working during the calendar year.

We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable law.

US Citizenship Required.

Being You @ IBM
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, caste, genetics, pregnancy, disability, neurodivergence, age, veteran status, or other characteristics. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.