SMART IT People has a ground floor opportunity for a Cloud Security Architect to join a Fortune 500 company in setting the course for cloud security by leading the design and development of innovative security architectures for protecting cloud workloads and data deployed into different types of cloud and cloud/hybrid systems.

Our client's Information Security organization is expanding and has full board support. This position contributes to the overall enterprise cloud architecture and leads the security vision and strategy around cloud-based applications across all types (including Infrastructure, Platform and Software as a Service (IaaS/PaaS/SaaS). The Cloud Security Architect will serve as the central point of contact for Corporate Information Security and other technology teams for all matters related to cloud security.

Job description: 

Architecting solutions within Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and, preferably, other cloud Providers.
Assessment, development and implementation, operationalization and documentation of a comprehensive set of security technologies and processes (Secure software development [application security], data protection, cryptography, key management, identity and access management (AIM), network security, within SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, and other cloud environments.
Common and industry standard cloud-native / cloud-friendly authentication mechanisms (OAuth, OpenID, etc.).
Service-oriented architecture for cloud-based services.
Cloud security and governance tools, cloud access security brokers (CASBs) and server virtualization technologies.
Enterprise applications architectures.
Possess a firm understanding of the offerings within both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure platforms.
Based upon business requirements, design cloud-native architectures and patterns that will allow those requirements to be met with a minimal degree of risk to AAP and with appropriate security controls.
Acts as the technical representative for Corporate Information Security while engaging with other technical leaders throughout AAP in design and implementation of cloud and cloud/hybrid based implementations and solutions.
Works with other technical organizations to choose appropriate technology solutions and facilitates complete integration in the enterprise environments.
Develops applicable security standards in partnership with other teams.
Identifies, recommends, coordinates and conducts informal/formal sessions to deliver timely knowledge to various teams regarding technologies, processes or tools.
Develops and coordinates strategies to increase Cloud Security knowledge throughout AAP, as well as developing and mentoring more junior staff.

Required and preferred skills: 

Deep and broad understanding of cloud/cloud hybrid platforms (IDaaS/IaaS/SaaS/PaaS) and associated security tools and processes.
Solid technical security foundation with the ability to learn new security skills and concepts quickly
Experience with deployment orchestration, automation and security configuration management.
Architecture of mobile platforms, solutions, integrated with cloud-based services (Preferred).
Detailed understanding of SSL/TLS protocols and certificate-based solutions (Preferred).

Education and experience: 

Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Cybersecurity, or equivalent experience and knowledge in a related field of study
10+ years of experience in Information Security; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
8+ years of practical experience in IT field is required.
5+ years of direct information security experience in the security architecture area including
2+ years of Cloud technical environment experience.


Cloud Security and Architecture related certification (Amazon AWS Certified Solutions Architect (Preferred).
Security industry certifications are required including but not limited to CISSP, CISM, etc.
One or more SANS GIAC certifications preferred

To apply, please email your resume in MS Word format to: with job title in subject line.

Cloud Security Architect

Roanoke, VA (Preferred location - may also consider Raleigh, NC or Richmond, VA)

Full-time salaried