Lead Senior Architect - Information Security

Akamai Technologies Inc Cambridge , MA 02138

Posted 2 months ago


Are you interested in driving exceptional security for customers and the internet community? Can you explain security requirements to technical and non-technical staff? Can you educate others on how requirement objectives are met even when the letter of the requirement isn't? Do you want an opportunity to effect change and make a difference at a leading technology organization?

If the answer is "yes", come join Akamai's Information Security team! You will be responsible for managing, developing, and mentoring a team of security researchers and architects tasked with improving the security and safety of the Akamai platform and products. You will find an environment where ideas are respectfully challenged and discussed methodically and with evidence, and where kindness and empathy are valued as indispensable tools in the security toolbox.

A successful candidate will have a history of technical leadership, team development, and a track record of success in creating positive change in complex systems.

As a Lead Senior Architect you will be responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with Architects, Security Researchers, and Software Engineers to improve the safety, security, and resilience of Akamai systems.

  • Team development and management: setting goals, mentoring, advocating, and being a single point of understanding for team activities

  • Reviewing new technologies and products for compliance implications with internal and external security requirements

  • Guiding the product and platform engineering teams to meet new security requirements and explaining Akamai's control environment comprehensively to external assessors

  • Providing expert advice during security incidents, and communicating technical ideas to technical and non-technical audiences clearly in speech and prose

About the Team

Security Assurance within the Information Security organization seeks to demonstrate to Akamai customers, and interested parties, Akamai's security posture. Security Assurance works with internal and external stakeholders to undertake security compliance programs associated with external security standards. The staff works with external auditors, consultants and standards bodies to communicate Akamai's processes and procedures related to the secure operation of its network and products. Within Information Security, the Security Assurance team works with other security professionals to improve Akamai's overall security posture and that of our customers.

Required Education and Experience

  • 12 years of relevant experience and a Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, statistics or related field or
  • 8 years of relevant experience and a Master's degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics, statistics or related field or
  • 5 years of relevant experience in a related field and a PhD

Required Skills

  • 5+ yrs Experience leading a team of engineers or other technical staff
  • 2+ yrs Experience in supporting business goals and functioning as part of a high-performance cross-discipline team

Desired Skills

  • Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and persuasively verbally and in writing to technical and business audiences

  • Ability to facilitate conversations and understanding among team members who may have different ideas about solving problems

  • Excellent technical aptitude and a desire to learn constantly

  • A drive to improve the culture and tone of discourse in difficult and complex problem solving

  • Some knowledge of systems thinking and systems analysis techniques such as Systems-Theoretic Accident Modeling and Processes (STAMP)

  • Experience with security standards and frameworks including one or more of the following: PCI, ISO 27001, SOC 2, NIST/DoD frameworks

  • Familiarity with security technologies, processes, and concepts such as symmetric and asymmetric cryptography, TLS, Authentication and Authorization, vulnerability investigation

  • Experience in at least two programming languages, including a scripting language, and a functional language. Exposure to a wide range of language types (e.g., scripting, Unix-like, procedural, functional, high-level) is especially helpful.

  • Solid understanding of and interest in internet technologies and fundamental protocols such as HTTP, TCP/IP, and DNS

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