Pearson Cloud Security Architect in Centennial, Colorado

Cloud Security Architect


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

Role purpose

The cloud security architecture team is responsible for the definition of security reference architectures that provide roadmaps and design guidance for key security domains such as cloud platforms and products, IdAM integration, data privacy, enabling services, and many more. In addition to defining reference architectures, the cloud security architecture team functions as a leader across the organization, helping to evangelize the security story and drive a culture of “secure by design” into the Pearson cloud environments and across all its cloud-enabled products.

Within this team, the Cloud Security Architect is responsible for reviewing technology designs, and designing security controls and solutions, to reduce the risk to Pearson and its customers. They will help define the information security architecture and roadmap for the enterprise. This is a lead technical role.


As a direct report to the Product Information Security Officer (PISO), you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work closely with product and platform teams to architect security controls based upon CISO office policies and standards

  • Assess and understand Pearson’s current cloud security posture and future architecture, providing recommendations for vulnerability remediation and risk reduction

  • Design secure cloud-based applications and platforms

  • Evaluate security technologies for cloud environments in order to implement controls in the most streamlined and integrated manner

  • Outline automated security solutions for cloud delivery processes

  • Design cloud security solutions to enable production security operations (SOC)

  • Architect large-scale cloud environments using container and microservice technologies

  • Design security capabilities in support of DevOps processes

  • Educate product and platform teams on secure coding practices

  • Perform threat models and risk assessments to characterize the risk and severity posture of large-scale cloud environments

  • Design automated solutions to secure cloud development processes

  • Craft and evangelize secure cloud platform & product requirements

  • Serve as a security expert in application development, database and microservice design, container and/or virtual machine technologies, helping project teams comply with enterprise and CISO security policies, industry regulations, and best practices

  • Research, design, and advocate new technologies, architectures, and security products that will support security requirements for the cloud and cloud-enabled products

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of the information security strategy

  • Evaluate and develop secure solutions, based on approved security architectures

  • Analyze business impact and exposure, based on emerging security threats, vulnerabilities and risks

  • Communicate security risks and solutions to business partners, platform & product teams

  • Design security configuration guidelines for information technology devices and systems, as well as mechanisms for assessing compliance with the guidelines

  • Design and builds controls to address security risks and events as identified

  • Embrace a culture of continuous service improvement and service excellence

  • Stay current on security industry trends


Skills and Experience

Necessary Experience

  • 3-4 years in Cloud Computing

  • 2 years in Information Security space

  • 5 years in Information Technology/Computing Technology space

  • Established experience as an information technology architect, preferably within a cloud ecosystem

  • Extensive operations experience in either Linux or Windows operating systems

  • Strong experience with cloud provider ecosystems, including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, and OpenStack.

  • Experience scripting with languages such as Python, Ruby, etc.

  • Experience with security strategy, with a passion to make security realistic, achievable and interwoven with the business fabric

  • Experience with a broad range of security technologies, including nextgen firewalls, DLP, NAC, IDS/IPS, IdAM, certificate management, SIEM, endpoint protection, anti-malware, vulnerability management and cloud security;

  • Strong oral, written, and presentation abilities -able to convey risk to all levels of the business, from C-level executives to operations and development teams;

  • Strong business acumen with the ability to build business cases for technology initiatives and to effectively communicate the value proposition to non-technical stakeholders

  • Some proven ability in securing the CI/CD pipeline

  • Expert command of config management principles and an ability to code your desired state

  • A strong grasp of monitoring tools, approach and implementation

  • Recognition of the role security plays in PaaS and Continuous Delivery

  • Able to show examples of previous work exploiting containerized services

  • Proven experience in implementing software defined networking

  • Solid working experience of continuous integration practices & tools (Jenkins, Travis CI, etc…)

  • An established history of working in agile teams

  • How to collaborate with a globally distributed team of engineers using tools like chat

Desirable Experience

  • Master’s degree in a technical discipline such as Information Security, Computer Science or Information Technology

  • Experience in migrating enterprise companies from traditional data center infrastructure, application and data designs to hybrid or fully-cloud enabled practices

  • 1 years in software development, with an emphasis on rapid delivery and integration

  • Experience designing and implementing encryption solutions such as PKI and encryption at rest technologies

  • How to write rigorous test cases for your code and use automated test frameworks for them

  • Well-rounded background in network, host, database, and application security

  • Formal training in and experience using an enterprise architecture methodology (for example, the Zachman Framework or TOGAF)

  • Some experience with databases technologies

  • Some experience with logging and alerting platforms, including SIEM integration

  • Knowledge of incident response methodologies and technologies

  • Experience implementing security controls in an enterprise IT environment

  • Experience driving a culture of security awareness

  • Experience administering network devices, databases, and/or web application servers

  • Professional IT Accreditations (CISM, CCSA, CCSE, JNCIA, CCNA, CISSP, OSCP, CCIE Security, CEH, Security )

Competences and Behaviors

  • Highly self-motivated with the ability to identify areas of focus and tackle new challenges with or without direction.

  • Ability to work within a dynamic and fast paced international environment

  • Ability to build rapport with other team members and relevant teams

  • Very good communications, presentation and negotiations skills

  • Technically innovative

  • Able to express technical and non-technical concepts in clear verbal and written English

  • Very good written skills to document complex concepts in a comprehensive, yet readable manner

  • Encourages people to be open and share their views

  • Considers a range of options that meet the needs of all stakeholders

  • Ability to use own initiative to solve technical problems

  • Delivery Focused

  • Takes responsibility for projects and strategic initiatives

  • Demonstrate clear and measurable results through the development of KPIs, goals and milestones

  • Ambitious and competitive

  • Drive innovation and best practice

  • Strive for standardization and simplification in all aspects of work

  • Able to balance the needs of the business against the desire for the best solution possible


Primary Location: US-CA-San Francisco

Other Locations US-TX-Austin, US-CO-Centennial, US-TX-San Antonio

Work Locations: US-CA-San Francisco-1301 Sansome 1301 Sansome Street San Francisco 94111

Job: Technology

Organization: Technology & Operations

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Jul 12, 2017

Req ID: 1712181