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About the Role:

The M365 Security Architect will serve as technical expert responsible for design & implementation of application and enterprise platforms within the Microsoft M365 Cloud Productivity and Security space. The ideal candidate is responsible for assisting with the development of information security architecture and ensuring technology initiatives are implemented within the framework to make our client’s cloud environments more secure. This role will be accountable for securing enterprise information by identifying network and application security requirements, planning, implementing, and testing security controls and procedures. This role is customer-facing and plays an active role in transforming our client’s Security through designing and implementing Security technologies on-premises and in the cloud.
Day-to-day, you will:
Work closely with enterprise architects to identify and mitigate risks, perform security reviews, design top tier security practices, and deliver strategic, innovative cloud-based security offerings
Propose, design, plan and execute strategic and tactical operational security objectives
Perform deep analysis and develop metrics that measure current risk and effectively evaluate and manage threats
Identify appropriate technology/data sources and drive the collection of data necessary to effectively evaluate threats
Communicate threat intelligence and vulnerability management options
Analyze threats and current security controls to identify gaps in current defensive posture
Meet with clients and lead workshops
About You:

Our ideal candidate will have a solid foundation across the Microsoft M365 security and technology offerings with the ability to communicate security and risk-related concepts to key partners. We are looking for the following experience:
Enterprise Mobility and Security Suite (EM+S), Microsoft Defender (formerly Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)), Azure Information Protection (AIP), Microsoft Information Protection (MIP), Intune, O365 Security, M365 Compliance Center, Microsoft Data Loss Prevention (DLP), Advanced eDiscovery, Insider Risk
Architecture and security management
Solid understanding of security best practices
Securing network and enterprise cloud applications
Privileged access management technologies
Security frameworks, such as ISO/IEC 27001, NIST 800-53 or OWASP
Building a security framework, SIRRP process and/or forensic handling methods
Knowledge of host hardening, auditing, logging and monitoring, network security, SIEM deployments, security analytics, anomaly detections, PKI
Market understanding of industry trends for cybersecurity, risk & threat intelligence, and governance
Proven implementation of cloud security models, particularly identity, network, and encryption
Demonstrated understanding of Microsoft security technologies and strategy
Program management skills and solution support for security transformation/implementation programs
Business case development skills for justifying, prioritizing & forecasting the funding requirements for security programs and initiatives
Nice to Haves
Azure Key Vault, Azure Security Center, Azure Operations Management Service, Log Analytics
Identity and Access Management principals, including B2B and B2C cloud design and implementation
Preferred Certifications
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
GIAC Certified
MCSE Core Infrastructure
Microsoft Mobility MCP Exam 98-368
Microsoft 365 Security Administration (Exam MS-500)
Microsoft 365 Identity and Services (MS-100)
To supplement the technical knowledge and project delivery experience, the successful candidate will come from a Consulting background with good customer facing skills, the ability to gather customer requirements and produce high quality written deliverables. 
You will likely have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, management information systems, information technology, or a similar field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for a degree.

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