Information Security Architect

Fairfield University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 26, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Computer Services & Information Technology, Technology Administration/Other, Chief Technology & Information Officers
Employment Type
Full Time
Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located along the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, CT. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within 5 schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Job Description:

We are looking for a technically sound security architect to be responsible for the design, building, testing, and implementation of security systems within our IT network. This position will work under the direction of the Chief Information Security Officer. The security architect's responsibilities include reviewing our current security measures, recommending enhancements, identifying areas of weakness, and responding promptly to possible security breaches. You will also be responsible for conducting regular system tests and ensuring the continuous monitoring of the network's security.

To be a successful security architect, you should be experienced in information security and IT risk assessment. This includes strong hands on experience and understanding of hardware/systems, protocols, authentication, and security methodologies. You should also possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to work with a wide variety of people.

Security Architect Responsibilities:
  • A thorough understanding of the organization's technology and IT systems.

  • Planning, researching, and designing security architectures, in close collaboration with other IT teams.

  • Developing, reviewing, and supporting the installation of LANs, WANs, VPNs, routers, firewalls, identity and access management system and related network devices.

  • Researching and designing public key infrastructures, certification authorities, and digital signatures, and ensuring all personnel have IT access limited to their need and role in the organization.

  • Developing project timelines for system upgrades and preparing cost estimates.

  • Testing the final security system and updating and upgrading it as needed.

  • Establishing disaster recovery procedures and conducting security breach drills.

  • Responding quickly and effectively to all security incidents and providing post-event analyses.

  • Cultivating a sense of security awareness across the campus.

  • Remaining up to date with the latest security systems, standards, authentication protocols, and products.

Security Architect Requirements:
  • A bachelor's or associate's degree in IT, computer science, or related field.

  • Advanced IT security certifications may be advantageous.

  • 5-10 years' experience in information security and IT risk management.

  • A strong working knowledge of current IT risks, security implementations, and computer operating and software programs.

  • Hands on experience with solutions from key vendors such as Cisco, Aruba, Proofpoint, Microsoft, Okta and Crowdstrike.

  • The ability to interact with a wide range of people from different backgrounds and business units within the University.

  • Higher Education experience is a plus.

  • Excellent teaching, problem-solving, communication, and interpersonal skills.

Pay Range: $118,364-$136,500.

This position is based at Fairfield University’s Fairfield, CT campus.

Disclaimer: The above information on this description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Duties may be changed and/or be added at any time.


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Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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