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Federal - Cloud Security Architect

Job Location: VA - Arlington

Regional Description: Southeast

Job Number: 00572639


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Organization: Accenture Federal Services

Location: Arlington, VA


Accenture Federal Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture LLP, is a U.S. company with offices in Arlington, Virginia. Accenture's federal business has served every cabinet-level department and 30 of the largest federal organizations. Accenture Federal Services transforms bold ideas into breakthrough outcomes for clients at defense, intelligence, public safety, civilian and military health organizations.

We believe that great outcomes are everything. It’s what drives us to turn bold ideas into breakthrough solutions. By combining digital technologies with what works across the world’s leading businesses, we use agile approaches to help clients solve their toughest problems fast—the first time. So you can deliver what matters most.


Count on us to help you embrace new ways of working, building for change and put customers at the core. A wholly owned subsidiary of Accenture, we bring over 30 years of experience serving the federal government, including every cabinet-level department. Our 7,200 dedicated colleagues and change makers work with our clients at the heart of the nation’s priorities in defense, intel, public safety, health and civilian to help you make a difference for the people you employ, serve and protect.   


The Cybersecurity Solutions Architect will have demonstrated experience and comprehensive knowledge of key tasks on a large high visibility IT program. We are seeking a candidate that is knowledgeable of current Department of Defense policies and procedures for implementing a secure cloud/hybrid system. The candidate must be able to provide strategic direction as well as deliver a technical architecture across multiple levels of detail. Working alongside of the lead Solutions Architect, the cybersecurity architect will lead the design and development of the security controls necessary to protect sensitive client data deployed into different types of cloud and cloud/hybrid systems. This position will directly contribute to the overall enterprise digital architecture and support the security vision and strategy around cloud-based applications, across Platform, and Software as a Service (PaaS/SaaS).


  • Development of a security architecture that incorporates a multi-faceted and multidisciplinary security approach to compliment the reference and technical infrastructure architecture.
  • Ability to develop and convey the strategic cyber security requirements of the digital transformation.
  • Design and develop security architectures for cloud and cloud/hybrid-based systems.
  • Have a firm understanding of the security offerings within Amazon Web Services (AWS), VmWare, and Microsoft Azure platforms.
  • Based on business requirements, design and implement architectures and designs that will allow those requirements to be met with a minimal degree of risk and with appropriate security controls present to achieve and maintain authority to operate (ATO).
  • Represents security platform in development and implementation of the overall technical architecture.
  • Supports the Accenture project team, focused on delivering transformative digital capabilities, by enabling security related accelerated decision responses for recommended business and technical changes that are presented as options to the client's highest governance body.
  • Provides consistent security updates of governance decisions to the change management team to drive any new direction throughout the enterprise


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 8 years of experience developing and fielding Security architectures and/or engineering.
  • Minimum 5 years of experience architecting within Cloud platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.
  • Experience with assessment, development, implementation, optimization, and documentation of a comprehensive and broad set of security technologies and processes (secure software development (Application Security), data protection, cryptography, key management, identity and access management (IAM), network security) within SaaS, IaaS, PaaS, and other cloud environments.
  • Experience working with cloud security and governance tools, cloud access security brokers (CASBs), and server virtualization technologies.
  • Experience performing threat modeling and design reviews to assess security implications and requirements for introduction of new technologies.
  • Experience with enterprise architecture and working as part of a cross functional team to implement solutions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge, experience, and past performance with the following tasks:
  • Possess a firm understanding of the offerings within VmWare, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Microsoft Azure platforms.
  • Experience architecting security solutions to safeguard network, infrastructure, data, and applications, and APIs.
  • Knowledge or experience designing a solution to operate from a FEDRAMP certified CSP environment.
  • Knowledge of DoD Identity and Access Management solutions with insight into industry best practices for Public Key Infrastructure, Authentication, Authorization, and Access Control.
  • Knowledge of Federal and DoD Cybersecurity and Risk Management policies.
  • Deep understanding of Defense in Depth Strategies to address dynamic threats.
  • Developing recommendations for business process or technical changes for GS-15/O-6 level decision makers.
  • Industry-recognized security certification - CISSP, CISA, SABSA SCF, Federal CIO Cloud Architectures.

An active security clearance or the ability to obtain one may be required for this role.

Candidates who are currently employed by a client of Accenture or an affiliated Accenture business may not be eligible for consideration.

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture (i.e., H1-B visa, F-1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non-immigrant status).

Accenture is a Federal Contractor and an EEO and Affirmative Action Employer of Females/Minorities/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

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Job candidates will not be obligated to disclose sealed or expunged records of conviction or arrest as part of the hiring process.

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