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Are you interested in driving exceptional security for customers and the internet community? Can you explain security requirements to technical and non-technical staff? Can you educate others on how requirement objectives are met even when the letter of the requirement isn’t? Do you want an opportunity to effect change and make a difference at a leading technology organization?  If the answer is “yes”, come join Akamai’s Information Security team! 

As a Security Architect, you will be an integral part of a team working to strategically apply blockchain technologies to new and innovative business areas, resulting in high-throughput transaction systems at global scale. If you want to work on innovative solutions that solve technology problems of global scale, then this is the role for you. This is an individual contributor role with responsibilities for understanding security and compliance requirements and interpreting them for Akamai systems, guiding product teams to build secure systems, and helping explain those systems to external parties including auditors. This is not a hands-on job configuring packet filters or applying vendor patches, nor is it simply checking checkboxes. You will collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders, learn how Akamai’s web-scale systems work, and guide the company to securely and efficiently meet our compliance obligations and security needs. 

In this role, you may: 

* Advise, influence, and educate the company on security requirements and ensure appropriate stakeholders participate in informed decision making 

* Collaborate with teams to understand and articulate risks to Akamai systems 

* Learn new technologies and compliance standards and explain their security and compliance implications 

* Translate security requirements to business, technical, and process requirements 

* Educate external stakeholders about Akamai’s control environment 

* Support security incidents by providing expert advice  

* Learn and review Akamai systems by reading designs and source code and interacting with systems   

About the Team 

Akamai's InfoSec Team is responsible for safeguarding the security of Akamai’s infrastructure and provide internal advocacy for security practices. Within this larger context, the Security Assurance team works closely with product and platform teams throughout the company to help ensure that Akamai systems meet both the safety and security compliance needs of our customers and the public.  


Required Education and Experience

* Typically requires a minimum of 8 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent 

* or 6 years of experience and a Master’s degree or its equivalent  

* or 3 years of experience and a PhD or its equivalent  

Required Skills 

We believe a wide variety of backgrounds can fill this role. If you believe that you're a good fit, but your background isn't a perfect match, please talk to us anyway. 

* Must have deep knowledge/experience encompassing at least one of the following, and aptitude in the other two: 

(1) Designing or analyzing applications and/or systems; 

(2) Identifying, explaining, and guiding solutions for application and system security risks; and 

(3) translating compliance requirements to business requirements, identifying non-compliant solutions, and guiding remediation 

* Ability to communicate technical ideas to technical and non-technical audiences through both speech and prose 

* Excellent technical aptitude and a desire to learn constantly  

Desired Skills 

* A strong work ethic and a positive attitude 

* Experience with industry compliance and security standards and techniques including one or more of the following: NIST/DoD frameworks, STAMP/STPA 

* Ability to communicate technical, non-technical (e.g. legal, compliance, regulatory), and security requirements to engineering teams, regulators, standards bodies, and/or non-technical authorities 

* Experience with complex distributed systems, especially Akamai products 

* Experience improving the security practices within an engineering organization  

* Familiarity with software development processes 

* Comfort reading code in one or more languages (e.g. Visual Basic, C/C++,   Java, Python, command shells, batch files, SQL) 

* Comfort with fundamental Internet protocols, such as TCP/IP, SSL/TLS, HTTP,   SSH, DNS  Other Information Some examples of non-traditional backgrounds that we believe would be successful in this role: 

* Security Engineer or Systems Analyst 

* Expert Manual Penetration Tester 

* Emergency Management, Crisis Planning  

About Akamai Technologies

Akamai secures and delivers digital experiences for the world's largest companies. Akamai's intelligent edge platform surrounds everything, from the enterprise to the cloud, so customers and their businesses can be fast, smart, and secure. Top brands globally rely on Akamai to help them realize competitive advantage through agile solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures. Akamai keeps decisions, apps and experiences closer to users than anyone - and attacks and threats far away. Akamai's portfolio of edge security, web and mobile performance, enterprise access and video delivery solutions is supported by unmatched customer service, analytics and 24/7/365 monitoring. To learn how Akamai is shaping the future of digital transformation, visit and follow @AkamaiCareers on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Akamai is a growing, and evolving, company with offices and operations around the world. As such, we strive to foster inclusive and representative workplaces where all employees are wholly welcome, and enabled to share and benefit from each other’s diverse contributions, as one global team. Our commitment to diversity reaches beyond our corporate offices, to our business partners and suppliers who share the same principles, and whose employees we value as integral to the Akamai business family. Learn more at

Akamai Technologies is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer. If you'd like more information about EEO rights under United States law, please click here

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