Job Description

Organization: Accenture Federal Services
Location: Arlington, VA

Accenture Federal Services, helping our federal clients tackle their toughest challenges while unleashing their fullest potential…and then some. What makes our approach so unique? Operating from the nation’s capital, we bring together commercial innovation and leading-edge technologies to deliver an integrated and interactive experience that far exceeds expectations. How? Our passion meets purpose! Through our diverse culture and inclusive thinking, we embrace our employees' ideas taking them from concept to practical solutions. Not to mention, we sleep well at night knowing our work directly impacts and improves the way the world works. We keep our tech smarts sharp by providing abundant training and certification opportunities. Are you ready to learn and grow in a career, while making a difference?

You Are:
The Security Governance Lead will oversee Security Governance, Risk and Compliance to ensure that the solution, deployment and operations of AFS IT solutions incorporates appropriate security designs, priorities, and strategies. This role will require active collaboration with various leads of the IT operations division and require an extensive knowledge of different technology teams within the company's IT and Technology Growth Platform, and Accenture Information Security to promote security engineering practices. The Security Governance Lead will lead a team in developing the security architecture and engineering functions, keeping on top of federal, regulatory, and client requirements related to cybersecurity, and integrating them into the IT and IS governance processes through the development of security standards, coordination with IT security initiatives, and planning for total system lifecycle management, including operationalization of associated security processes. The candidate will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: cloud security, application security, network security, system security.

This role is responsible for implementation and operations of the AFS Security Strategy, Security Architecture, and Security Governance & Compliance.  Areas of scope include:

Strategy:  Define security strategy and goals as well as progress towards accomplishments. Define the security design and controls for AFS systems, quasi-AFS systems, and project monitoring. Support standards development and monitor the external environment for new standards and requirements (eg CMMC etc.)  Oversee Security Architecture team to represent AFS at information sharing organizations to gather best practices, understand regulatory environment and confirm AFS assumptions. 

Compliance: Run compliance operations and audit support team to perform compliance tasks, gather evidence and validate security control effectiveness.

Governance: Track AFS compliance to governance frameworks, manage SSP and related documentation, and oversee security policy and other documentation.

This Senior Manager will oversee a team of roughly 8-12 people performing these tasks, and should possess strong security operations experience, be very familiar with regulations that AFS is subject to including 800-171 and CMMC, and be able to work well with AFS leadership to develop and mandate policy and compliance with security framework. This role will oversee implementation of security initiatives of large and small projects and must have a demonstrated ability to plan and execute security tasks.

The Work:

  • Participate in application and infrastructure projects to provide security-planning advice

  • Coordinate with DevOps teams to advocate secure coding practices and escalate concerns

  • Validate IT infrastructure and other architectures for security best practices and recommend changes to enhance security and reduce risks, where applicable

  • Determine and validate baseline security configuration standards

  • Oversee the Compliance Operations Team to design and improve processes related to enforcing and monitoring IT security requirements and the access management functions

  • Articulate security concerns related to the solution being developed and requests review and guidance to minimize risks associated with the proposed solutions

  • Identify security requirements by evaluating business needs and technical requirements and relate them to required/desired security controls, including mapping to appropriate security control frameworks (NIST SP 800-171, 800-53, etc.)

  • Review network architectures and drive security improvements based on industry best practices and the principles of least functionality and least privilege

  • Oversee the Risk Management Team as necessary in conducting security assessments of existing and potential vendors

  • Act as the primary technical point of contact to IT teams seeking guidance on security practices and controls to support secure solution design

  • Liaise with other security architects and security practitioners to share best practices and insights

  • Track developments and changes in the digital business and threat environments to ensure they are adequately addressed in security strategy plans and architecture artifacts


Here Is What You Need:

  • Bachelors Degree or 7 years of equivalent industry experience

  • Experience reviewing, writing, and maintaining system security plans and plans of action

  • Experience in one or more of the following: cloud security, identity management, application security, network security, systems security, security operations, incident response, compliance operations, audit support, project support of security programs

  • Experience integrating security requirements and standards into daily operations and process improvement projects

Bonus Points If:

  • Advanced Degree

  • 10+ years of industry experience

  • Knowledge of US security requirements related to regulations/standards such as NIST SP 800-171, 800-53, RMF, ISO 27001, SOX, etc.

  • Experience using Agile within project or development team


  • Ability to oversee, communicate with and interpret technical recommendations and documents from the Security Architecture team

  • Ability to pull together information from multiple sources and make security risk decisions and recommendations for AFS IT, Project teams and internal projects

  • Strong capabilities in team management, work tracking, project delivery

  • Ability to leverage Service Now for workflow, standards management, and decision tracking

  • Excellent organization, project management and team leadership skills

  • Strong communication skills and experience delivering compliance and operational status and metrics to senior leadership Collaboration skills across security, IT, audit, legal and delivery groups.

The Extras:

  • US Citizenship Required

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

Compensation for roles at Accenture Federal Services varies depending on a wide array of factors including but not limited to the specific office location, role, skill set and level of experience. As required by local law, Accenture Federal Services provides a reasonable range of compensation for roles that may be hired in California, Colorado, New York City or Washington as set forth below and information on benefits offered is here.    


Role Location: Range of Starting Pay for role  

California: $141,800 - $230,100

Colorado: $141,800 - $198,800

New York City: $164,200 - $230,100 

Washington: $151,100 - $211,800

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