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IBM Senior Compliance Leader in Houston, Texas


We have a team of security compliance leaders and architects overseeing solutions for this complex environment, collaborating with security architects and Cloud DevOps teams internally and around IBM.

Your Role and Responsibilities

The candidate will work within a multi-disciplinary team to support business units and corporate functions to assess, develop and implement solutions aligned with security policies, strategy and requirements.

A security compliance architect will perform the following types of functions

• Provide guidance on security architecture, practices & solutions to help business units build & deliver solutions

• Design and contribute to security architecture processes that enable the enterprise to develop and implement secure solutions and capabilities that are clearly aligned with the business, technology, and threat drivers

• Develop global security standards for technology platforms, participate in the development and update of key security controls

• Participate in cloud and application security strategic planning and execution. These initiatives and programs will feed directly into organization wide strategic security plan.

• Participate in discussions related to building secure, resilient and cloud ready solutions based on multi-tenancy architecture, cloud-native development, etc.

• Provide leadership, guidance, and direction in the design and implementation of automated solutions, based on a set of standards and processes that enable our application developers to easily consume security and compliance services.

• Responsible for coordinating with other Engineers, Architects, and teams in implementing a comprehensive cloud and application security program in a DevOps environment.

• Experienced in leveraging DevOps tools to build, harden, maintain and instrument a comprehensive cloud-based security orchestration platform to be consumed in product CI/CD pipelines.

• Mentor other teams on security.

The security compliance architect will participate in some or all of the following:

• Providing subject matter expertise in the creation, implementation, and maintenance of appropriate enterprise programs, policies, and procedures to be compliant with regulations governing the banking and financial services industry

• Having the ability to utilize working knowledge of information security best practices such as NIST SP 800 series and ISO 27000 series

• Interpreting standards, requirements, and their application to the enterprise Cloud environment in the most reasonable and cost-effective manner

• Developing, implementing, maintaining, and overseeing enforcement of security policies

• Collaborating with security compliance leaders and technical security teams to define and implement security processes and procedures based on financial services requirements and industry-standard best practices. Defining the requirements and validating the procedures and audit testing methodology

• Assisting team members and internal clients in addressing highly complex security issues applicable to the banking and financial services cloud environment

• Excellent skills in risk assessment processes, policy development, proposals, work statements, product evaluations, and delivery of technology

Education considerations include

• Computer science BS or equivalent

• Security/privacy specific training such as CIPT, CRISC, and CISSP

Locations: Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Houston, TX, Chicago, IL, Littleton, MA, Poughkeepsie, NY, Raleigh, NC, San Francisco, CA, or Foster City, CA

Required Technical and Professional Expertise

Successful security compliance architects will possess 3-5years experience demonstrating the following skills or knowledge:

  • Ability to understand and interpret laws and regulatory requirements related to the protection of financial and other sensitive data, and develop and implement appropriate processes to achieve and maintain compliance and reduce risk

  • Experience with Cloud operations and network security services, including firewalls, intrusion detection, vulnerability scanning, OS patching, system hardening/health checking

  • Experience with container-based architectures and implementations such as Kubernetes, Docker, etc.

  • Excellent knowledge of security and risk management trends as well as emerging threats and vulnerabilities

  • Expert knowledge of security controls and countermeasures including practical experience with identity management, cyber-security and IT processes / solutions

  • Excellent skills in risk assessment processes

Preferred Technical and Professional Expertise

Valuable experiences include:

  • Experience with compliance programs such as FFIEC or FedRAMP/ FISMA, HIPAA, GDPR, SOC 2, or PCI

  • Diagnosing the root cause of problems and propose solutions

  • Expertise in system configuration, especially privilege control, and system level firewall

  • Working in a challenging production environment

  • Administering systems that are internet facing

  • Excellent knowledge of application development methodologies (Agile, Waterfall, Dev Ops) and the processes and practices used to secure them

  • Strong leadership and facilitation skills with an ability to build relationships with stakeholders

  • Ability to stand firm on issues yet be flexible and creative when working with customers to find effective solutions

  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Highly self-motivated, self-directed and attentive to detail

  • Project Management knowledge and experience a strong plus

About Business Unit

Digitization is accelerating the ongoing evolution of business, and clouds - public, private, and hybrid - enable companies to extend their existing infrastructure and integrate across systems. IBM Cloud provides the security, control, and visibility that our clients have come to expect. We are working to provide the right tools and environment to combine all of our client’s data, no matter where it resides, to respond to changing market dynamics.

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Location Statement

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