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As an Application Security Architect you will be responsible for increasing Security Awareness among Project Teams and making products more robust and secure.
This kind of goal tends to be very challenging and include lots of various activities: from communicating with Customer explaining what IT Security in general and Application Security in particular mean, advocating consistent approach to Security through the whole SDLC for both Customer and the Development Team, tracking and helping the Team with Security-related activities, going deep into project details, creation of security-related artifacts, making contribution into Security Testing, etc.
Another very common case is when Application Security Architect is involved on the mature stage of SDLC for security review of already existing product.
Perform Security Audits for on-going projects: both Architecture and Implementation/Code Review;
Contribute in building Secure Architecture and Design for the new projects or making corrections to the existing ones;
Work as a Security Advisor helping to establish secure development activities in SDLC end-to-end;
Perform Security Trainings for Development Teams;
Communicate with customers and teams, be able to convey the message about importance of security, the ways of establishing it and the wrong ways of enforcing it (e.g. do penetration testing before release);
Communicate with all sub-teams: BAs, Developers, QAs, building consistent understanding of Security Requirements, main Threats, Mitigation implemented;
Be able to communicate and coordinate work with other Security Teams - Infrastructure Security Experts, Penetration Testers;
Work as a consultant answering particular questions related to security in development;
Work on Pre-sales making sure Security is addressed properly and taken into account in budget and effort estimations.
Knowledge of at least one Security Development methodologies (e.g. Microsoft SDL, OWASP CLASP, etc);
Knowledge of main Security-related activities in development such as Risk and Privacy Assessment, Threat Modeling, Security Code Review;
Deep understanding of the nature of security threats, their classification;
Knowledge of most common implementations of the Threats (e.g. XSS, SQL Injection, XSRF, buffer overruns, brute force, rainbow tables, DoS etc) and how they match the general classification;
Understanding of main security principles, such as multi-layered protection (Defense in Depth);
Understanding of main areas of protection (Security, Privacy, Availability) and levels of defense (networking, infrastructure, OS, Application);
Understanding of mitigation mechanisms for every type of threats (e.g. validation, sanitizing, crypto-operations, etc);
Good knowledge of Security Features and Mechanisms provided by at least one OS (e.g. Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, etc) and development platform/technologies (e.g. Java, .NET Framework, databases, etc);
Familiarity with existing Security Standards (e.g. PCI DSS, HIPAA, NIST, Common Criteria, etc) and what does it mean to implement compliance with them;
Familiarity with the tools for various security activities: Static Code Analysis, Penetration Testing, Intrusion Detection/Prevention, etc;
Understanding of basic principles of infrastructure security and penetration testing;
Ability to use the tools to perform actual attacks is a plus;
Certification in any security area is a plus.
Competitive compensation depending on experience and skills;
Individual career path in engineering;
Social package - medical insurance, sports;
Compensation for sick lists and regular vacations;
English classes with native speaker (certified English teachers);