IT Security Architect (MR1199)

McGill University - Human Resources
Position Title: 
IT Security Architect (IST3I)
Position Summary: 

Advise and guide the University in the planning, design and implementation of information security strategies, technology, policies, processes and practices. Accountable for creating IT security architecture standards, including the implementation of the security program.

Primary Responsibilities: 
  • Participate in the design of the security roadmap.
  • Partner with leaders to drive security strategy and direction.
  • Ensure that the University is leveraging optimum technologies to meet compliance requirements. Recognize and identify potential areas where existing security policies and procedures require change, or where new ones need to be developed.
  • Research and benchmark security infrastructure technologies. Create IT security architecture standards.
  • Provide security controls, process and technical advisory support to University.
  • Develop and implement strategies that balance security recommendations with business needs. Serve as a liaison between the business and IT to provide technical and business solutions that meet business needs.
  • Identify, quantify, and provide recommendations for mitigating security risks.
  • Produce executive reports, including appropriate metrics that inform senior leadership as to the state of information risk and exposure and compliance
  • Evaluate and recommend security software/hardware and its integration into existing architecture (proof of concepts).
  • Provide information security subject matter expertise to technology teams and projects.
  • Mentor other Security Analysts on an ongoing and often formal basis. Manage response to security incidents (e.g. data breaches). Aggregate, correlate and analyze data.
  • Engineer, architect and implement information security solutions/infrastructure.
Minimum Education & Experience: 

Undergraduate degree

Five (5) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities: 
Desired: Certification:CISSP or equivalent is required. CISSP-ISSAP or CISSP-ISSEP or equivalent, an asset. Certifications in your area(s) of expertise are required. Possess breadth of knowledge of IT and information security concepts, practices and standards, networks, data, systems, databases, applications and identities. Demonstrated expertise in identity and access governance/management, network/data security, protection and countermeasures, risk management, auditing, incident response, forensics, and security/penetration testing. Demonstrated mastery of security tools. Understanding of security product/service cost drivers and industry and business trends impacting the University information security program. Proven business acumen, process-oriented thinking, communication skills, project management, time management, self-reliance and strong technical writing skills. Well organized with ability to prioritize to meet regular deadlines. English and French, spoken and written.
Reference Number: 
Reporting To: 
Manager IT Information Security
Salary Range: 
(Grade 08) $75,600 - $100,900 (midpoint) $131,200
IT Services
Information Security
Position Type: 
Hours Per Week: 
How To Apply: 

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to IT Services:


McGill University, HR IT Services

688 Sherbrooke Street West, 16th floor

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1


(514) 398-4451


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We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, IT Services will only contact applicants selected for an interview.