Security Architect - Assurance

Location: London Salary: £450 - £700 per day +
Sector: Government Type: Contract

As the Service Lead Security Architect for Shared Services you will have a unique opportunity to help ensure the safety and security of our cross-government digital services.

You will be responsible for the security architecture and solutions of the services that the Central Government organisation jointly builds with other government departments, aiming to deliver security-oriented services and tools that are designed to be shared across government to help them transform safely and securely. In doing this you will help to discover what security-oriented services are needed and identify where opportunities for practical shared delivery exist, then work on understanding cross-government needs and collaborate with the delivery teams to design and build services that target this cross-government need, often balancing local needs and priorities against wider strategic ones.
This role looks to the future to refine and shape security aspects of government digital solutions and services. There has never been a better time to join Central Government as a Lead Security Architect and be part of our success as we enable government transformation. We are excited to meet you and look forward to you bringing cyber-security expertise and helping us to move in a strategic direction to enable safe and secure transformation.
Skills and experience
It is essential that you have the following skills and experience:
  • Acted as a 'hands-on' security consultant with a wide range of digital / cloud delivery projects
  • Expert in cloud and enterprise security architecture, security technologies, standards and industry best practice for high volume, highly scalable and shared solutions (including SaaS, PaaS, IaaS)
  • Experience of designing and delivering secure digital services within cloud environments, including integration with external services and managing the security issues that ensue
  • Consistent track record of delivering security architecture and solutions on time and to budget
  • Worked at a strategic level to influence decisions and investment
  • Worked on delivery projects using iterative delivery techniques across the full agile development lifecycle
  • Worked collaboratively with a wide range of technology and service / business architecture and security professionals and agile teams
  • An understanding of security and risk management, including those relating to agile processes
  • Analysed security needs for large-scale, mission-critical digital services
  • A solid background in understanding how cyber attacks and cyber fraud are practically carried out against cloud-based digital services, and of mitigating strategies and solutions (including practical knowledge of best practice e.g. SANS, etc)
  • Designed and delivered shared services, especially relating to security, transactional risk management, and counter-fraud
  • Designed and delivered secure API / web service / B2B services
  • Strategies to protect and defend mission critical middle / back-tier services and data from successful web-tier exploits
  • Digital service strategies and solutions for protecting and managing incoming, stored, back-end integrated, and outbound data
  • Securing micro-service solutions
  • Online real-time transactional analysis and risk control
It is desirable that you have:
  • UK Government recognised security qualifications
  • Experience of architecture and security methods and frameworks (e.g. TOGAF, SABSA, etc)
  • Securing applications and services in key public clouds including Amazon AWS and Azure
  • A background of conducting hands-on ethical attacks against internet services
  • Worked with UK Government security agencies

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