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Director, Cloud Security

Toronto, ON
Full Time
7 days ago
777 Bay Street, Suite 2200

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The Financial Crimes Unit (FCU) brings together our Cybersecurity, Fraud and Physical Security capabilities to address the ever-growing and increasingly complex global security environment. It is a highly collaborative effort that greatly enhances BMO's ability to rapidly prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from all security threats. This position offers a unique experience to learn from experienced leaders in the industry, join a team building the 21st century model for security and helping grow the good by protecting our customers and communities.

Working for BMO in the Director, Cloud Security role will provide you with an opportunity to work in a challenging highly technical role, where you are providing your cloud security expertise in a multinational financial institution, and you will be an early and instrumental part of a multi-cloud journey and transformation. You will be an integral part of the cloud security team, providing SME advice, architecting cloud security solutions using AWS and Azure, and enabling the business for a secure cloud transformation journey in a fulfilling professional role.

The Security Architecture Strategy and Solution team plays a pivotal role in ensuring security is incorporated in all major enterprise initiatives through close collaboration with enterprise architecture, technology and business partners. As SMEs in security domain, this team provides services which include security strategy input, security architecture assessments & reviews of enterprise projects and design & implementation of security solutions to secure the enterprise, drive innovation, and help the business.

You will be creating a visionary architecture road-map and organizational strategy to align Business and IT while leading and facilitating the design and implementation of repeatable technical solutions and processes related to technology architecture. In addition, you will be defining and documenting efficient and transparent architecture principles, standards and guidelines regarding the proper use and deployment of business applications, data and technology within the Bank. You will partner with broader stakeholders in technology and business in defining architecture possibilities and futures and work with business and development teams in recommending process or system design and enhancements. Furthermore, you will ensure that systems are functionally appropriate, technically sound and well-integrated, and you will provide immediate responses to critical production program-wide problems to evaluate solutions, coordinate recovery, and ensure resolution.

This role can be based in one of 3 locations: our Toronto office in Canada or one of our 2 offices based in the US which is either Chicago (IL) or Berkeley Heights (New Jersey). This will depend on which of these 3 locations that the candidate currently resides.

Alternatively , if you are not based in the 3 cities mentioned above, the role can also be in Texas, Boston, or Washington D. C. in which case you will work 100% remotely

  • Provides leadership at an enterprise level in the analysis, planning, and design of computer/network systems.
  • Full understanding of public, private and hybrid cloud security architecture of IaaS, PaaS and SaaS.
  • Working knowledge of cloud security concepts
  • Expertise in creating cloud security architectural gaps and document recommendations.
  • Deep knowledge of major cloud service providers and their security landscape.
  • Full-stack knowledge of IT infrastructure:
    • Applications
    • Databases
    • Operating systems - Windows, Unix and Linux
    • Hypervisors
    • IP networks - WAN and LAN
    • Storage networks - Fiber Channel, iSCSI and NAS
    • Backup networks and media
  • Work with executives from various groups to provide architectural recommendations & guidance as well as executive-level presentations at the enterprise level.
  • Acts as a trusted advisor to senior leaders for making business decisions and implementing strategic initiatives.
  • Reviews architectural designs and makes recommendations for approval.
  • Develops an expert understanding of business/group challenges.
  • Networks with industry contacts to gather competitive insights and best practices.
  • Recommends measures to improve organizational effectiveness.
  • Provides input into the preparation of business cases.
  • Participates in architecture governance (may be as a non-voting member).
  • Participates in setting technical direction of the styles of computing.
  • Acts as a subject matter expert on relevant regulations and policies.
  • May consult to or serve on various committees and task forces.
  • Participates in 3 Year Engineering/Technical Roadmaps for one or more layers of the architecture.
  • Assists in the development of Information Security Strategy and Roadmap for all Security Technology domains.
  • Provides input on the strategic direction of Security Architecture team.
  • Participates in Architecture Review Meetings/Boards to ensure that the organization and architecture align with the business model of the enterprise; providing architectural direction and communicating architectural decisions, plans, goals and strategies.
  • Delivers architectural initiatives that drive revenue and improve efficiency to align with business strategy.
  • Acts as the prime contact for internal/external stakeholder relationships, which may include regulators.
  • Acts as the prime subject matter expert for internal/external stakeholders.
  • Develops a deep understanding of organizational complexity to build strong rapport with the appropriate matrix areas for the construction and delivery of the solution.
  • Leverages metrics and analytics to gain insight for planning, design and management to facilitate the identification of improvement opportunities.
  • Prepares system security reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing data and trends.
  • Breaks down strategic problems, and analyses data and information to provide insights and recommendations.
  • Defines project objectives for systems and technical infrastructure implementation consistent with strategic direction.
  • Leads Information Security projects throughout the entire project lifecycle
  • Solves complex system issues/failures and helps to determine root causes as well as designing resolutions.
  • Approves security requirements and develops secure designs for projects inside & outside of information security.
  • Reviews and approves security standards and procedures.
  • Monitors security environment; identifies security gaps; evaluates and implements enhancements to improve/upgrade security systems.
  • Identifies opportunities to strengthen the capability of the technology organization at BMO, such as: sharing architectural expertise to promote technical development, mentoring employees, building communities of practice and networks across technology.
  • Stays abreast of industry technical and business trends through participation in professional associations, practice communities & individual learning.
  • Creates and manages the various architecture assets for the designated portfolio and scope. Includes Applications, Data, Technologies, Processes, and Users.
  • Analyzes and designs viable solutions to high complexity business problems according to user specifications and oversees implementation of end-to-end integrated solutions.
  • Ensures sound and robust architecture and provides sufficient guidance for the successful implementation of solutions to mitigate any negative impact on Technology and Enterprise budget.
  • Identifies risks or issues with technology solution & design which may impact realization of project benefits and provides guidance and support to stakeholders in making good decisions to proactively resolve or mitigate potential risks/delays to the project.
  • Participates in the system specification review process to ensure system requirements can be translated into valid software architecture.
  • Identifies and researches relevant technologies, performs Proof of Concepts / Prototypes, and recommends applications of such technologies to future product architectures.
  • Proactively identifies and implements strategies to improve reliability, leveraging automation wherever possible.
  • Seeks to integrate digital methods for agile, rapid prototyping, and for customer involvement.
  • Plans, researches, and designs robust security architectures, standards, systems and authentication protocols for any IT project.
  • Participates and contributes to future Infrastructure Releases and Middleware/Hub.
  • Ensures that chosen technology is flexible, supportable and requires minimal maintenance.
  • Ensures the tactical implementation of the computing styles and architecture.
  • Provides security review and guidance for projects driven by groups outside of Information security, specifically developing security requirements and developing secure designs.
  • Reviews architectural designs and makes recommendations for improvements.
  • Participates in checkpoint and design reviews.
  • Participates in Information security projects throughout the entire project lifecycle.
  • Authors security standards and procedures.
  • Develops a complete understanding of a company's technology and information systems.
  • Performs vulnerability testing, risk analyses and security assessments.
  • Analyzes trends to proactively prevent problems. Effectively resolves and follows-up on problems as they occur.
  • Develops and recommends productivity aids in all aspects of assignments to accelerate delivery.
  • Operates at a group/enterprise-wide level and serves as a senior specialist resource across BMO.
  • Influences how teams/groups work together.
  • Applies expertise and thinks creatively to address unique or ambiguous situations and to find solutions to multiple, interdependent, complex problems.
  • Communicates abstract concepts in simple terms.
  • Fosters strong internal and external networks and works with and across multiple teams to achieve business objectives.
  • Anticipates trends and responds by implementing appropriate changes.
  • Broader work or accountabilities may be assigned as needed.

Skills and Qualifications
  • 5+ years experience in previous Cloud Security Architect roles with a specialization in either AWS or Azure
  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience working within Cyber Security roles/area
  • Strong experience with defining Cloud Security strategy and roadmaps
  • Strong experience with creating the security architecture direction of cloud services using AWS and/or Azure
  • Comprehensive security knowledge and expertise in all major security domain areas (Identity and access management, Federation, Data Protection, Network security, Security Monitoring) for enterprise wide cloud migration projects, in multi-cloud environments (AWS, Azure, GCP), covering all cloud delivery models (SaaS, IaaS, PaaS)
  • Practical experience with design and architecture of security controls, mechanisms and solutions in cloud
  • Extensive experience in application security design & architecture, development frameworks, SOA, API security, server-less deployments, automation, SecDevOps, Containerization
  • Extensive knowledge of cloud security concepts, tools, products and solutions (CASB, CSPM etc.)
  • Extensive security knowledge of security regulations & frameworks, industry best practices
  • Typically 9+ years of relevant experience and a post-secondary degree in Information Security, Computer Science, Engineering, and/or Information Systems or a related field of study or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Information Security certification is preferred e.g. CISSP, CISSLP, GIAC etc.
  • Knowledge of computer or network systems hardware and software theory, practice, concepts and technology relevant to organizational vision - Expert.
  • Sufficient business knowledge to assess impact of applied technology on customer's business processes.
  • Knowledge of project management methodology and its applicability to successful delivery of technical change - Expert.
  • Understands the strategic technical direction of: Middleware, Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment Testing, Systems Management, Enterprise Data & Access Layers, Pertinent Styles of Computing - Expert.
  • Understanding and problem solving ability of Information Technology of various scale, degree and dimension of complexity - Expert.
  • Proficient in the in the techniques that go into producing designs of complex systems, including requirements discovery and analysis, formulation of solution context, identification of solution alternatives and their assessment, technology selection, and design configuration.
  • Knowledge of NIST/ISO security frameworks - Working.
  • Knowledge of network protocols and networking infrastructure - In-depth.
  • Knowledge of Information Security risk, and industry best practices with minimum of 5 years relevant experience - In-depth.
  • Knowledge of the technical areas such as data warehouses, mainframes, networks, applications etc. - In-depth.
  • Knowledge of Corporate Policies, Standards, and operating procedures relating to information security risk - In-depth.
  • Knowledge of the technology domain the architecture is being developed for. E.g. Databases, Product, Service, etc. - Expert.
  • Knowledge of the organization's technologies and architectures - Expert.
  • Deep technical and system-level expertise in one or more technology areas.
  • Seasoned expert with extensive industry knowledge.
  • Technical leader viewed as a thought leader for innovation.
  • Verbal & written communication skills - Expert.
  • Analytical and problem solving skills - Expert.
  • Influence skills - Expert.
  • Collaboration & team skills; with a focus on cross-group collaboration - Expert.
  • Able to manage ambiguity.
  • Data driven decision making - Expert.

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