What does a Security Architect do?

Security architects design security structures and systems to protect and defend against malware and other intrusions to a computer system. Once structures and systems are in place, security architects run an audit of the entire system to test it for any weaknesses or vulnerabilities. They meet with upper management to understand the company's technology and information systems and new and pressing needs. They plan, research, and design security architecture for the company and perform vulnerability testing and security assessments of the new software and systems. They will sometimes hire an ethical hacker to consult on system weaknesses and vulnerabilities.

Security architects provide technical supervision to security teams and oversee company security awareness programs. They also respond immediately to service-related incidents and develop requirements for a company’s local, wide, and virtual private networks and requirements for routers, firewalls, and related network devices. They review and approve the installation of firewalls, VPNs, routers, and servers and update security systems as needed. Security architects need a bachelor's degree in computer science and experience in software engineering.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
4.0 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.8 ★
Avg. Experience5-7 years

Security Architect Salaries

Average Base Pay

₹20,73,351 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: ₹21L
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Security Architect Career Path

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Tata Consultancy ServicesTata Consultancy Services
Cloud Security Architect
25 Oct 2021

“Good learning opportunity and good On”

Senior Security Architect
21 Sep 2019

“You get to work with good and talented people.”

Security Architect
21 Mar 2021

“Salary was light but not as contractor.”

Vivint Smart HomeVivint Smart Home
Smart Home Professional (Technician)
15 Apr 2021

“Good work life balance and ever changing daily schedule.”

Security Architect
22 Mar 2021

“Employee's career goals are considered and opportunities are given.”

Herc RentalsHerc Rentals
Cyber Security Architect
1 Oct 2021

“Over my time at Herc I have been able to grow in my career and receive assistance from Senior Leadership every step of the way.”

Dell TechnologiesDell Technologies
Security Architect
3 Sep 2019

“It had great Work life balance”

Nomura Research InstituteNomura Research Institute
Security Architect
4 Mar 2021

“I can have a good salary”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a security architect

When working as a security architect, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are SAP Security, Cloud Computing, Operating Systems, CISSP and GCSS.

The most similar professions to security architect are:
  • Security Manager
  • Information Security Engineer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Information Security Specialist

The most common qualifications to become a security architect is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.