Principal Cyber Security Architect

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, February 9, 2024


Federal Reserve Bank of BostonFederal Reserve Financial Services (FRFS) delivers a suite of payments services to financial institutions via FedLine® Solutions, FedNowSM, Fedwire®, National Settlement Service (NSS), FedCash®, FedACH® (Automated Clearing House), and Check Services. We are currently leading a strategic effort to transform FRFS to a national, enterprise-focused organization. Through our evolved structure, we will meet the needs of the marketplace for new products and services more quickly, seek to provide a more robust and unified customer experience across our financial service offerings, and create new career growth opportunities for FRFS staff.

We are seeking leaders to set the vision, strategy, values, and priorities that enable FRFS to achieve its mission. Our leaders must demonstrate a strategic, action-oriented mindset focused on intellectual curiosity, agility, accountability, and the ability to drive innovation through experimentation. To achieve our vision for a people-focused organization with a strong collaborative and innovative culture, we expect our leaders to champion an inclusive environment and demonstrate our values in how we work and interact with each other and our broader community.

The Federal Reserve has developed a new interbank 24x7x365 real-time gross settlement (RTGS) service with integrated clearing functionality, called the FedNow Service. This service enables financial institutions to provide their customers with the ability to send and receive payments any time, any day, and have full access to those funds within seconds. This position is a unique opportunity to be part of this mission-critical Federal Reserve initiative that is transforming the payments landscape in the United States.
We are seeking a dynamic individual to fill the role of Security Architect and Developer Advocate, someone who not only embraces challenges but thrives in proactively solving them. If you are a self-starter with a passion for unraveling the root of issues, automating solutions, and approaching problems from a holistic perspective, this position is for you. In this role, you will be able to help design and implement the backbone of FedNow.

Candidates that live near one of our Reserve Bank locations will be provided some work from home flexibility. Rules for hybrid work arrangements differs from Bank to Bank and should be discussed during the interview process.

What will be expected of you

  • Develop code to automate security configuration management.
  • Build, test, and deploy cybersecurity relevant technical solutions.
  • Identify and address the root causes of issues, focusing on solving problem categories rather than individual instances.
  • Translate complex problems into manageable, actionable chunks that can be implemented and iteratively improved.
  • Utilize expertise in threat modeling to proactively identify and mitigate potential security risks and inform development efforts.
  • Represent a technologists point of view in selecting tooling and solutions.
  • Participate in agile activities with geographically dispersed agile delivery teams.
  • Proven ability to collaborate, build relationships and influence direct team members in a matrix-management environment.
  • Provide informal guidance, direction and/or oversight to less experienced colleagues.
  • Actively seek to remove barriers and improve security across the program.
  • Document solutions developed and the supporting processes.
  • Strong interest in current security threats, techniques, and landscape, as well as a dedicated and self-driven desire to research current information security landscape.
  • Actively seek to remove barriers and improve security across the program.
  • Ability to submit sound product feature requests to drive the platform forward.

Expertise you would bring

  • Direct work experience with auditing or risk management and information technology/cyber security controls. Advanced knowledge of common frameworks such as FFIEC, NIST, and ISO.
  • Industry recognized information security certification (e.g., CISA, CRISC, CISM, CISSP) or equivalent certification is desirable.
  • Familiarity with artificial intelligence, machine learning, and/or deep learning and supporting tooling.
  • Ability to program or script in Bash, Python, Java, or Go.
  • Ability to utilize tools like CI/CD Automation similar to TravisCI, CircleCI, Github Action, Gitlab Pipelines or AWS CodeDeploy.
  • Advanced understanding of AWS capabilities, focusing on designing secure cloud architectures, implementing robust security controls within the environment, and identifying and mitigating security vulnerabilities based on threat models.
  • Ability to rapidly produce proof-of-concept code to demonstrate potential solutions.
  • Ability to work on cross-functional teams with various stakeholders on assignments under tight deadlines.
  • Experience securing critical workloads in a cloud environment.
  • Knowledge and experience normally acquired through, or equivalent to, the completion of a Computer Science or Computer Engineering Bachelors degree with a minimum of 7-9 years of job-related experience.
  • Strong communication skills with ability to influence at all levels of the organization; ability to simplify complex security topics for consumption and critical decision making

Logistics and Requirements

  • The ability to obtain a security clearance.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and to provide equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, genetic information, disability, or military service.

All employees assigned to this position will be subject to FBI fingerprint/ criminal background and Patriot Act/ Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) watch list checks at least once every five years.

For this job, any offer of employment is contingent upon successfully passing a two-phase security screening. The first phase consists of the satisfactory completion of a physical examination (including a drug screening), reference checks, and a security investigation consisting of credit and criminal history checks.

The second phase, which might not be complete until after you begin working at the Reserve Bank, is an additional risk-based security screening determined by the risk rating of the position. Depending upon the sensitivity of the position, this phase may include, and is not limited to, work and residency eligibility verification, and personal interviews with the candidate, references, and prior employers.

All applicants must have resided in the United States for at least three (3) years.

Full Time / Part Time

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The Federal Reserve Banks believe that diversity and inclusion among our employees is critical to our success as an organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. The Federal Reserve Banks are committed to equal employment opportunity for employees and job applicants in compliance with applicable law and to an environment where employees are valued for their differences.

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