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United Airlines Principal Architect - IT Security in Houston, Texas

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Information Technology

The United IT team designs, develops and maintains massively scaling technology solutions that are brought to life with innovative architectures, data analytics and digital solutions.

Job overview and responsibilities

The Principal Architect is a critical part of the overall Cyber Security Risk & Compliance (CSR) department who is accountable for ensuring all Enterprise class technology solutions are implemented and maintained in accordance with security best practices and organizational requirements.

The candidate will advocate, design, and implement processes and technology relating to information security, including security analytics and Blue/Purple team activities across entire organization; collaborates with the Information Technology groups and Audit/Risk groups to identify & prioritize risk components, and help implement appropriate controls.

  • Provide subject matter expertise to various IT teams, Cyber Security Teams, and Threat Management teams

  • Recognizes and identifies potential areas where existing security policies and procedures require change, or where new ones need to be developed, especially regarding future business expansion

  • Ensure that security configurations of key systems are properly implemented, monitored and reported

  • Conduct risk assessments in new and existing technologies. Provide information risk management consulting to technology teams.

  • Evaluate and recommend security software/hardware and its application. Establishes alternative security measures if needed to support audit findings, known vulnerabilities, or disaster recovery efforts.

  • Ensure technology teams are made aware of security engineering and architecture projects that could be incorporated into business solutions.

  • Lead security investigations and provide forensics services in responds to security incidents.

  • Ensure compliance with local regulations e.g. local encryption regulations and privacy laws.

  • Support Threat Management team daily Operational tasks.


  • Information Risk Management: Content filtering technologies, application firewalls, vulnerability scanners, LDAP, forensics software, security incident response, Federation Services, Directory Services, CASB, XaaS Security OWASP Top Ten to name some.

  • O/S: Linux (Red Hat, SUSE), Windows (2000/XP2003 Server), and UNIX.

  • Network: Firewalls, Proxy Servers, Reverse Proxy Servers, IPS, and SEIM.

  • BS degree Information Security

  • Well rounded understanding of technology, operations and key business processes.

  • Strong organization skills

  • Strong change management skills

  • Highly flexible and able to adapt to change

  • Strong problem solving and analytical capabilities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong influencing and negotiation skills

  • Relevant Technical Skills

  • 8 years of IT or Cyber Security experience

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualifications

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • MS degree in Information Security

  • College degree in related technical / business areas

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/LGBT

Division: 47 Technology/IT

Function: Information Technology

Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled