Information Security Architect

Ally Charlotte , NC 28217

Posted 2 months ago

Position Description

We seek an information security architect to work under limited supervision, applying strong technical skills and experience to recommend, implement, support, and improve information security controls. He or she develops secure systems and network architectures and assists other teams in securing their architectures. He or she supplies expertise to management, business areas, and IT teams in risk assessment as well as implementation of appropriate information security controls and monitoring.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop secure strategies and architectures

  • Assess, report on and make recommendations regarding current and proposed architectures, strategies and systems

  • Support IT-related projects as an information security subject matter expert, providing support throughout their life cycle

  • Perform security checkpoint reviews, ensuring security requirements have been identified and adequate testing performed

  • Review systems and processes for compliance to information security standards

  • Provide information security expertise for risk assessments

  • Participate in IPRM process improvements

  • Continuously improve information security knowledge and skills

  • Provide thought leadership by identifying new information security threats, emerging technologies, and counter-measures

  • As assigned:

  • Assist in responding to audit requests and issues

  • Provide technical assistance in investigating and responding to information security incidents

  • Assist in the development and implementation of information security-related policies, standards, baselines and procedures

  • Provide information security expertise for third-party risk management

  • Evaluate policy and standard exception requests and respond


  • Minimum of 3-5 years experience as a security architect or 8 years in a technical IT specialty, preferably in the financial services industry

  • Knowledge of:

  • Information systems vulnerability management processes and technologies

  • Information security standards

  • Quality and process improvement disciplines

  • Recognized standards such as ISO2700x, COBIT, PCI-DSS, ITIL V3, CMMI and TOGAF

  • Compliance aspects of GLBA, EU Data Protection Directive, Sarbanes-Oxley and other relevant laws and regulations

  • Experience with:

  • Developing policies and standards

  • Implementing and configuring information security tools

  • Developing and improving information security processes

  • Strong technical knowledge of security in at least one of the following:

  • Applications - UI, API, Frameworks (Java, .Net, Python, Angular, etc)

  • Unix servers

  • Windows servers

  • Oracle and/or MS SQL databases

  • Networks

  • Middleware

  • Mobile devices and applications

  • Cloud Computing Security Design/Architecture

  • DevOps Automation

  • Problem Solver/Analytical Thinker

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Good relationship management skills

  • Flexibility and adaptability in the face of changing priorities

  • Ability to evaluate and manage risk

  • Ability to manage several unrelated efforts simultaneously

  • Ability to negotiate resolutions of conflicting security and business objectives

  • Strong understanding of information security concepts, threats, vulnerabilities and controls

  • Real-world hands-on experience

  • Unquestionable integrity

  • Teamwork orientation

  • Demonstrated perspective and good judgment

  • Willingness to assume responsibility and ownership

  • Personal initiative and strong personal work ethic

  • Ability to work independently

  • Professional poise and presence

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or a related field, or equivalent work experience

  • CISSP, CISA, CISM, or equivalent certifications are desirable

  • Occasional after hours and weekend work required

  • Occasional travel may be required

Ally Overview

Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally's legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (member FDIC), one of the largest full-service auto finance operations in the country, a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.

Business Unit/Enterprise Function

Ally's Information Technology (IT) organization is focused on supporting and improving the position of our industry-leading business franchises through cost effective, innovative IT solutions, as well as overseeing critical functions that enable the day-to-day operations of the entire Ally Financial enterprise. IT is also responsible for the administration and execution of information protection, disaster recovery and IT risk management.

Total Rewards

Ally's compensation program offers market-competitive base pay and pay-for-performance incentives (bonuses) based on achieving personal and company goals. Plus, we have a flexible paid-time-off program including time off for volunteer opportunities. Ally's Total Rewards Program is designed to enrich your life at work -- and outside of it and includes:

  • Industry-leading 401K retirement savings plan with matching and company contributions

  • Wellness program encouraging healthy living with financial rewards

  • Flexible health insurance options including dental and vision

  • Pre-tax Health Savings Account with generous employer contributions

  • Pre-tax commuter benefits

  • Other work-life integration benefits including parental and caregiver leave, adoption assistance, backup child and adult/elder day care program, child care discounts, tuition reimbursement, LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, subsidized and discounted Weight Watchers program and other employee discount programs

Ally is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We extend equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic disposition or any other reason protected by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Disabled

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