Lead Security Architect at Northwestern Mutual (Dallas, TX)

| Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
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At Northwestern Mutual, we are strong, innovative and growing. We invest in our people. We care and make a positive difference.
What's the role?
As a member of the Enterprise Information Risk & Cybersecurity (EIRC) Security Architecture team, you'll be responsible for providing security architecture guidance and solutions that protect the organization, while enabling business. The security architect will work closely with enterprise partners, including but not limited to security engineering and operations, IT infrastructure, application development, enterprise architecture, and audit.
The ideal candidate will have a deep technical knowledge and will be responsible for providing end to end Security Solutions covering a broad range of security technologies and platforms to deliver secure business-to-business initiatives, third-party relationships, outsourced solutions and vendors.
The lead security architect provides expert guidance for addressing current security challenges but is able to be forward thinking and proactively deliver optimal security solutions. The architect is expected to think like an adversary and identify how solutions should evolve as the threat landscape changes. The architect should possess strong communication and organizational skills and interact well within the team structure and across varying levels of the organization.
What you'll do:
  • Help mature the EIRC organization and overall enterprise security posture by assessing control effectiveness against current and emerging threats while partnering with technology teams to ensure industry standard and best practice platform, network and endpoint security.
  • Support the overall EIRC mission, strategy, and delivery of objectives.
  • Build strong working relationships and work closely with technical and enterprise architecture teams to ensure that security is well integrated into the environment.
  • Interpret and apply understanding of policy, process, architecture, regulatory, audit and compliance implications in order to assist the development of technical solutions or controls.
  • Maintain a deep understanding and application of security concepts at a technical level.
  • Provide reporting and metrics, as needed.

What we're looking for:
  • 6+ years' experience in some combination of the following disciplines with an emphasis on information security/security architecture specifically within identity and access management, network architecture, application architecture and design, common authentication protocols and frameworks, industry standard frameworks (NIST, ISO), Cloud, DNS, VPN, SOC, SIEM, Email security, Cryptography concepts.
  • A passion for cybersecurity and knowledge of the latest threats, trends and concerns.
  • Subject matter expert for security processes across multiple domains and disciplines - on premise and cloud / SaaS based applications, data, infrastructure and mobile solutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of common adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) (MITRE ATT&CK framework), Cyber Kill Chain, and other relevant cybersecurity frameworks.
  • Must be highly collaborative, able to effectively interact and communicate with peers, management and leadership teams of varying technical levels, and act with a sense of urgency when security challenges or requirements arise.

Education Requirements
  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in Information Systems, Computer Science, Engineering, or equivalent experience
  • CISSP and/or SANS certification preferred
  • Networking certification (CCIE) or CCSP a plus

Beyond base salary, NM offers the following benefits; pension, 401k, comprehensive medical, dental, and vision, FREE lunch, annual bonus opportunity, and much more!
This job is not covered by the existing Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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What’s the vibe like in the office?

We’re not afraid to explore or experiment. Everyone has a voice. You can really make an impact—especially with a fresh perspective.

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How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

NM has always been known for it’s culture. To this day, I have still not received a “no”, when asking a colleague for a lunch or coffee meeting. Networking was an invaluable part of my internship experience that allowed me to determine where I wanted to go within the Cyber Security domain.

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How does the company support your career growth?

I started as an intern and worked my way up. Northwestern Mutual made it so easy to network and learn, then they empowered me to go out and achieve.

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Regional Financial Consultant

What are Northwestern Mutual Perks + Benefits

Northwestern Mutual Benefits Overview

Whether providing education assistance, competitive health benefits or time off for community service, Northwestern Mutual is committed to supporting employees so they can live their best lives. 

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Northwestern Mutual offers a pension plan for employees.
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Free Daily Meals
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program

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