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EY Security Architect - Government and Public Sector in New York, New York

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

From strategy to execution, the Government & Public Sector (GPS) practice of Ernst & Young LLP provides a full range of consulting and audit services to help our Federal, State, Local and Education clients implement new ideas to help achieve their mission outcomes. We deliver real change and measurable results through our diverse, high-performing teams, quality work at the highest professional standards, operational know-how from across our global organization, and creative and bold ideas that drive innovation. We enable our government clients to achieve their mission of protecting the nation and serving the people; increasing public safety; improving healthcare for our military, veterans, and citizens; delivering essential public services; and helping those in need. EY is ready to help our government build a better working world. 

Our GPS Technology Organization is a structure within the US GPS practice that implements and maintains a new operate and technology model designed specifically to support U.S. defense and Government engagements. 

The opportunity

You’ll have responsibilities within the GPS Information Security team that supports various applications in cloud platform services across the GPS business unit. You’ll support the end-to-end aspects of services including but not limited to architecture/design, service engineering, break/fix support, service roadmaps and standards, and vendor management. You’ll be responsible for ensuring stability for application platforms and/or services under their responsibility including resolution of incidents and problems, maintenance and support, application platform change control, and automation of processes and procedures. Working closely with other teams within EY, you’ll drive technology standards and consistency across IT Services.  

Your key responsibilities

The key responsibilities for the Security Architect role involve identifying and defining problems, designing optimum solutions, implement and provide support of new or enhanced security application and IAM services across the GPS organization. A successful candidate must be able to:

  • Design, build and implement enterprise-class security systems for a production environment including a continuous monitoring system

  • Align standards, frameworks and security with overall business and technology strategy

  • Identify and communicate current and emerging security threats

  • Design security architecture elements to mitigate threats as they emerge

  • Create solutions that balance business requirements with information and cyber security requirements

  • Identify security design gaps in existing and proposed architectures and recommend changes or enhancements

  • Use current programming language and technologies to write code, complete programming and perform testing and debugging of applications

  • Train users in implementation or conversion of systems

  • Subject-matter expert that has expertise across all IAM topics as it relates to both cloud and design of Active Directory, AD LDS, Azure AD, Conditional Access, Azure PIM, Azure Identity protection, Azure ADDS, ADDS, SAML, SCIM, OpenID, OAuth, and MFA.

  • Drive the adoption of Directory services, Authentication and Authorization reference architectures for existing, new, and emerging IAM technologies particularly in the Azure Gov domain.

  • Drive the adoption of creative solutions to address complex IAM problems.

  • Participate in Identity and Access Management enterprise governance processes and drive IAM standards adoption.

  • Develop effective architecture solutions that not only satisfy immediate project requirements but also deliver a coherent, reusable, reliable and phased architecture to help the business grow and change while aligning to strategic vision.

  • Represent IAM on organizational project teams and ensure adherence to existing security policies and US Gov, NIST, DoD standards.

  • Manage the successful technical delivery of Information Security projects and services for our customers by working directly with key business stakeholders, executives, and project teams. Security architects are often the technical lead on initiatives and as such must drive the vision and alignment of the solution delivery.

  • Deliver technical security configuration architecture expertise in implementing cross-organizational information sharing.

  • Develop solutions and recommendations for issues caused by process challenges, emerging threats, and technology changes.

  • Partner with all stakeholders and external vendors to manage: design, develop, deploy, and support the best possible solution to meet EY business needs.

  • Assess and define problems or opportunities for improvement by providing documented business, functional, operational, and security requirements to be addressed by future state solutions

  • Design innovative solutions that address key lifecycle management functions to support the needs of the business

  • Communicate design approaches and recommendations effective to gain stakeholder approvals and agreements

  • Coordinate design activities across multiple teams and services to ensure successful completion of complex projects

  • Develop both technical and functional solutions that integrate with business processes

Skills and attributes for success

Ideally the required skills and competencies would be 8+ years or more of experience in the following:

  • Security architecture, demonstrating solutions delivery, principles, and emerging technologies - Designing and implementing security solutions. This includes continuous monitoring and making improvements to those solutions, working with an information security team.

  • Consulting and engineering in the development and design of security best practices and implementation of solid security principles across the organization, to meet business goals along with customer and regulatory requirements.

  • Security considerations of cloud computing: They include data breaches, broken authentication, hacking, account hijacking, malicious insiders, third parties, APTs, data loss and DoS attacks.

  • Identity and access management (IAM) – the framework of security policies and technologies that limit and track the access of those in an organization to sensitive technology resources.

  • Core understanding of Azure Active Directory Tenant deployment and Azure Directory management

  • Understanding of application registration and Key Management using the Azure AD Admin Center

  • Understanding of Azure Administrator Roles, Units, and emergency accounts to enable policies at a granular level for access administration  

  • Ability to manage multiple directories in the Azure environment.  

  • Strong organizational skills, self-motivated and able to work to tight deadlines 

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills 

  • Effective teaming and knowledge sharing skills 

  • Advanced skills in planning, designing, and troubleshooting complex cloud environments 

  • Solid understanding of Cloud environment and security best practices  

  • Good understanding of ITIL  

  • Strong ability to document processes, procedures, and security designs clearly and accurately for distribution to internal teams and customers 

  • Understanding of other technologies required to run a secure enterprise level infrastructure 

  • Demonstrated experience in dealing with external vendors and suppliers in the security industry 

  • Cloud Infrastructure Security enthusiast 

  • Self-motivated with an aptitude to learn quickly 

  • Ability to deal with ambiguity 

  • Have a global mind-set for working with different cultures and backgrounds

*To qualify for the role, you must have *

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or a related discipline, or equivalent work experience

  • 8+ plus years of combined cloud architecture, security architecture, IAM architecture experience

  • 5+ plus years of hands-on experience in designing and implementing Cloud services like Azure AD, Azure MFA, Azure Conditional Access, Azure B2B and Azure PIM,

  • Demonstratable deep expertise in cloud IAM

  • Experience with writing custom, scripting tools (Python, PowerShell, etc.), interacting with API’s and shell scripting 

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills 

  • Strong English language skills are required – written and verbal 

  • Good judgment, tact, and decision-making ability 

  • Ability to work in a diverse, multi-cultural, environment 

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Top secret security clearance

  • Must present verification that you have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before your start date. If you are not able to be vaccinated because of a medical condition or disability or because of a sincerely held religious belief, an accommodation will be considered upon request

*Ideally, you’ll also have *

  • Azure certification for implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions will be an added advantage

  • Involved in large scale IT deployments or cloud infrastructure  

  • At least one technical certification in Azure platform 

  • Experience with large scale IT deployments or cloud infrastructure  

What we look for

Individuals with strong business and technical acumen who demonstrate drive, vision, teaming, and purpose and are passionate about helping our clients achieve their goals.  

What we offer

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package includes medical and dental coverage, pension and 401(k) plans, and a wide range of paid time off options. Under our flexible vacation policy, you’ll decide how much vacation time you need based on your own personal circumstances. You’ll also be granted time off for designated EY Paid Holidays, Winter/Summer breaks, Personal/Family Care, and other leaves of absence when needed to support your physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.

  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.

  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.

  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.

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