Security Architect

Company: MFS Investment Management
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Type: Full-time
Posted: 15.OCT.2019


Whether you're an investment professional, an expert in sales or a technology specialist, you'll find a culture at MFS that supports you in ...


Whether you're an investment professional, an expert in sales or a technology specialist, you'll find a culture at MFS that supports you in doing what you do best. Our employees work together to reach better outcomes, always favoring the strongest idea over the strongest individual. We put people first and show care and compassion for our community and each other. Because what we do matters - to us as valued professionals and to the millions of people and institutions who rely on us to help them build more secure and prosperous futures.

Job Description Basic Purpose
The Security Architect is a subject matter expert in Information Security and is responsible for the design, implementation, and effective and efficient maintenance of related technologies. Additionally, this individual has broad and expert knowledge of Information Technology at large, with a firm understanding of related disciplines and how they interoperate. The Security Architect's deep and broad knowledge enables a holistic understanding of the technology environment.
Principal Responsibilities

  • Proactively develop and maintain strong knowledge of MFS information systems and their related components, and make recommendation to improve the reliability, scalability, performance, or security of these systems as appropriate. This includes proactive performance tuning and capacity analysis to ensure MFS is maximizing its technology investment.
  • Leverage technology to automate manual tasks, and seek to improve efficiency wherever practicable and appropriate.
  • Provide technical support to ensure the ongoing efficient and reliable operations of related MFS information systems.
  • Responsible for addressing technical level security service requests received by clients. Receive documents, solve, and communicate service resolution according to management's directives and applicable policies, procedures, and standards. Perform work within security service levels and strives to improve service levels and maintain excellent client relationships.
  • Assist management in determining Information Security strategy and direction for the company and for selected technologies. Advise IT management on Information Security issues, systems, processes, products, and services; define requirements in support of budget plans and make recommendations for ways to improve performance and reduce costs.
  • Develop, enforce and maintain MFS Information Security controls, procedures, and standards.
  • Responsible for understanding the internal and external technological tools/software used by the Information Security group to maintain compliance, assess threats and vulnerabilities, support remote and Internet access, and manage encryption. Take a leadership role in the management of these tools by understanding their purpose, application, and overall maintenance and administration.
  • Lead security risk assessments to methodically analyze MFS information technology assets and processes, identifying risks from both a technical and business perspective, and recommending mitigation strategies to mitigate those risks to an acceptable level Works closely with Information Technology and business units to ensure that security controls are properly implemented across the environment, both during design and after deployment.
  • Conduct security investigations according to documented procedures and management's directives. Maintain confidentiality in these matters and work to ensure the confidentiality of other information which is encountered during the discharge of security responsibilities.
  • Receive broad goals and overall objectives from Management and proactively establishes and implements the methods to attain them.
  • Create solutions that balance business requirements with information and cyber security requirements.
  • Assess, establish and monitor countermeasures that protect, detect and/or deter when an unauthorized attempt occurs.
  • Serve as mentor to other technical team members, and presents technology briefings to IT and business line management as required.
Job Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a related technical field. Master's degree or equivalent preferred.
  • Ten or more (10+) years of related Information Technology with a minimum of six (6+) years of Information Security-specific experience.
  • CISSP preferred. Additional possible certifications: CISM, CISA, ISSAP, ISSE
  • Strong knowledge of multiple technologies, platforms, and programming languages.
  • Solid understanding of Systems Development Life Cycle models.
  • Exceptional communication skills with diverse audiences, including facilitation, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Strong critical thinking, analytical skills and attention to detail
  • Strong leadership, project and team-building skills, including the ability to lead teams and drive projects and initiatives in multiple departments, and provide technical guidance to a security team
  • Demonstrated ability to identify risks associated with business processes, operations, information security programs and technology projects
  • Intimate knowledge of current and trends with security solutions to be able to integrate with controls and safeguards
  • Familiar with emerging technology and the effect on designing security controls, such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Language, Robotics, Mobile, Cloud (public, private and hybrid for Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure), Platform as a Service (PAAS), Software as a Service (SAAS)
  • Understanding of network protocols and ability to develop requirements for local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), virtual private networks (VPNs), routers, firewalls, and related network devices
  • Understand programming language and technologies to write code, complete programming and performs testing and debugging of applications
  • Java/J2EE, C#, API/web services, scripting languages and a relational database management system (RDBMS) such as MS SQL Server or Oracle.


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