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Understanding the role security architects play in keeping businesses protected

The issue of cyber security is never far from the headlines and it is a key element when setting up new systems, platforms and practices. Security architects take responsibility for maintaining the security of a computer system for a client, whether that’s a large organisation, multinational company or SME. The role is at the cutting edge of the industry as staying one step ahead of hackers and cyber-criminals is all about being proactive rather than reactive.

Level of risk

Produced for the government, the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2017  revealed that virtually all UK businesses covered by the survey had an exposure to cyber security risks. Website presence, social media and cloud services all offer opportunities for breaches, and consequently 74% of UK businesses say that cyber security is a high priority. This level of risk and the growing awareness of the dangers among senior management and business leaders is driving growing demand for security architects.

Unauthorised access 

Essentially, any system that connects to the internet is in danger of being illegally accessed, although even intranet and other closed in-house systems can also be hacked into in various ways. A security architect’s role starts with assessing and understanding an existing set-up and working out the immediate dangers that could lead to possible unauthorised access. Spotting the weakness first is the only way that effective improvements can be made, as various policies and protocols can then be put into place to minimise risk.

Security Architecture Training

Due to increased demand for security architects both inside and outside the tech industry, many different training courses are available to help take the firsts steps on a career ladder. However, many leading lights in the industry also recognise the value of self-taught programmers. Whatever the route taken and however formally or informally the experience is gained, a security architect is a senior-level position due to the responsibilities it entails, and credentials in the computer security field are an essential factor to have on a CV.

Continued development

Working in such a fluid sector means that security architects need to constantly improve their knowledge and skills to match the demands of the job. The introduction of new standards, the rolling out of new tech and processes, and even more general day-to-day common upgrades all fall under the watchful, eye of a security architect. Staying up-to-date with new trends and emerging concepts is a key element of the role and taking a hands-on approach to the implementation of safety protocols is part and parcel of the job.
Security architects play a pivotal role in ensuring the cyber security of businesses around the world, and as the cyber-threat increases, so does the requirement for more of these skilled individuals.

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