Core Purpose of the Job

The Security Architect: Information Systems is responsible for delivering technical security solution designs, reference architecture designs and technical standards for Information Systems within the EQUITY Group in accordance with the enterprise security designs and enterprise business and technology architecture.

Key Job Responsibilities

  • GIS Architecture

    • Develop information security systems architectures (e.g., people, processes, technology).

    • Define systems reference architecture to manage threats, monitor implementation & compliance.

    • Assist with the refinement of EQUITY Security reference architecture and test the architecture against pilot implementations and ongoing OPCO implementations.

    • Obtain inputs and validate the EQUITY security reference architecture with key EQUITY partners.

    • Responsible for the design of systems architectures for group wide risk mitigation of key risk areas including standardized security architecture, security monitoring, and vulnerability management.

    • Design architectures for specific technical solutions.

    • Collaborate closely with the Technology and Business Architecture to produce technical security solution designs.

    • Determine a holistic view of security requirements by evaluating current security operations and requirements; researching information security standards; studying architecture/platform; identifying integration issues and preparing cost estimates.

    • Evaluate outsourced / third-party technologies and hosting environments to ensure they provide adequate protection for the processing, transmission, and storage of EQUITY’s information.

    • Manage the development of security architectural and development standards for all components of key application stacks (OS, DB, Middleware, Web etc.).

    • Ensure a standardized and aligned approach driven from Group Information Security for security architecture across EQUITY including all Markets/ Subsidiaries.

  • Budgets

    • Assist with management of divisional budgets in line with business objectives and facilitate forecasting.

    • Manage project initiative budgets in line with business objectives; and

    • Drive initiatives that will ensure that the “cost of operations” is reduced, in line with a least cost operating strategy stemming from the business drivers.

  • Operational Delivery

    • Work with the Head of Enterprise Architecture to develop and implement the overall information security architecture requirements and framework, overarched by the business risk strategy.

    •  Responsible for the development and implementation of the information security architecture roll-out definition and actualization via third parties.

    • Roadmap definitions for security systems by monitoring security environment; identifying security gaps; evaluating and implementing enhancements.
  • Managerial / Supervisory Responsibilities

    • Provide guidance and leadership ensuring future focus and current efficiency.

    • Ensure skill transfer for staff development, motivation, and business continuity.

    • Identify staff training and development needs and implement necessary actions.

Minimum & Preferred Requirements

  • Engineering/ Information Science Degree; Masters in Information Science is preferred
  • 5-9 years of relevant work experience in Information Technology (specifically security)
  • Experience in designing and implementing organization wide information security systems architecture
  • Experience in managing and implementing large scale information security projects
  • Experience working in Africa and Middle East and have a grasp of political, social, infrastructure and integrity challenges
  • Advanced working understanding of the information technology environment of a bank and/or a telecom company
  • Certifications: 
    • CISSP, CISM, CGEIT certifications or equivalent.
    • Other preferred certifications are: TOGAF, SABSA
  • Fluent in English; French will be an added advantage

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