Security Architect (Remote) #3060


  • US-VA-Fairfax
  • IT Infrastructure & Network Engineering & Operations
  • Suitability/Public Trust
  • Fully remote
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GovCIO is looking for a Security Architect to join our Health PMO team. The candidate should have experience with a civil agency, preferably Veterans Affairs. This is a remote working opportunity. This individual is expected to have a proven track record of working remotely with minimal direction.  Office hours are M-F 8am-5pm ET.


Our team is responsible for supporting biomedical research in the VA utilizing a secure high-performance computing environment.  The prospective candidate(s) will be joining a highly motivated team who sustain Linux and Windows environments with hundreds of machines, both on prem and in the Government Cloud. As VA continues to upload genomic data on to the platform, the massive amounts of large data sets lead to platform scaling issues.  The incoming Architects and Engineers must have an eye towards cloud expansion - more data means more problems with running large experiments with massive data set comparisons.


The environment is dynamic and client needs are often evolving. As such, thought leadership, problem-solving, rapid learning, and carrying the innovative mindset needed to lead our clients through conceptualization, strategic planning, and execution is important. Additionally, flexibility and forward-thinking views are important for success.

  • Define organization security strategy
  • Define, design, build, and implement security architecture and security systems
  • Define, design, and implement security policies and principles including system
    security, application security, data security, data privacy and data governance
  • Collaborate with Application, Data & Infrastructure teams to architect, design and
    implement security solutions
  • Define and document security standards and direct implementation of standards and
  • Provide security training, review security implementation in all development efforts
  • Pro-actively monitor potential threats and device solutions to harden the systems,
    platform, and applications
  • Conduct periodic and ad-hoc security reviews to eliminate potential threats,
    minimize attack surface and provide continuous security solution updates and
    innovative security solutions
  • Perform security audits and security reviews in compliance with Federal Government
    regulations and implement remediation
  • Create and manage the Security Risk plan


Required Skills and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent with 15+ years (or commensurate experience)
  • Knowledge of security architectures and industry best practices in cyber security
    Knowledge of threat management and proactive avoidance
  • Knowledge of application security, information security and infrastructure security
  • In-depth knowledge of security architecture, solutions, tools and technologies in
    cloud (AWS, Azure), cloud security and on-premises cloud and enterprise security
  • Working knowledge of cyber security tools (Okta, Ping Identity, and other industry
    leading tools)
  • Working knowledge of Security Risk Management
  • Knowledge of security in the context of distributed data, HPC computing and AI
    models, analysis pipelines and computing
  • Advanced knowledge of security protocols, MFA, SSO, cryptography
  • Knowledge of HIPPA compliance, SOC 2, GDPR, ISO 27001, IRB guidelines, DLP
    techniques and AAA tools
  • Knowledge of US Federal Government ATO process and FISMA, NIST guidance
  • Design and implement Zero-Trust Security system.

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of data security, data privacy, DLP, disaster recovery, BCP, data access
    management, encryption, anonymization, and data governance in the context of
    healthcare and genomics data


Clearance Required: Public Trust

Company Overview

GovCIO is a team of transformers--people who are passionate about transforming government IT. Every day, we make a positive impact by delivering innovative IT services and solutions that improve how government agencies operate and serve our citizens.

But we can't do it alone. We need great people to help us do great things - for our customers, our culture, and our ability to attract other great people. We are changing the face of government IT and building a workforce that fuels this mission. Are you ready to be a transformer?

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. EOE, including disability/vets.


Posted Pay Range


The posted pay range, if referenced, reflects the range expected for this position at the commencement of employment, however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, education, experience, and internal equity. The total compensation package for this position may also include other compensation elements, to be discussed during the hiring process. If hired, employee will be in an “at-will position” and the GovCIO reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, GovCIO or individual department/team performance, and market factors.

Pay range: $140,000 - $160,000 Annually

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