Cloud Solution Architect (Security) - CTJ

Last updated 15 days ago
Location:Reston, Virginia
Job Type:Full Time

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Microsoft aspires to help our customers achieve their secure digital transformation, leveraging the power of Microsoft Cloud security solutions and support offerings. To this end, Microsoft invests in a dedicated Customer Success Security team that will help Microsoft customers successfully realize their business outcomes, achieve compliance, and implement a secure environment.
Azure is the most comprehensive, innovative, flexible, and Secure cloud platform today. Microsoft is hiring security professionals to drive customer cloud security adoption within the most important organizations in Government.

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The ideal candidate will have experience in customer-facing roles and success leading deep technical architecture discussions with senior customer executives, Enterprise Architects, IT Management and Developers.


We are looking for a highly motivated and passionate Cloud Security Solution Architect to drive high regulated customer initiatives on the Microsoft Azure Platform in collaboration with customers and the Microsoft field in the Enterprise accounts segment of our business. This is a customer-facing role, owning an overall technical relationship between the customer and the Azure Secure Platform.

You will own the Azure Security customer engagements, including architectural design sessions, specific implementation projects, and/or MVPs.

The ideal candidate will have experience in customer-facing roles and success, leading in-depth technical security architecture discussions with senior customer executives, Enterprise Security Architects, Enterprise Architects, IT Management, and Developers to drive Azure Cloud secure adoption.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Support customers in their Azure cloud adoption journey, helping them to define a Secure Architecture, implementing the necessary security and compliance controls aligned with Azure Security Best Practices like CAF (Cloud Adoption Framework) and WAF (Well Architect Framework), also aligned with market security frameworks such as NIST-CSF, PCI-DSS, ISO 27.001 and others.
  • Understand the regulatory, compliance, and security controls needed in traditional environments (on-premises) and the public cloud, such as Firewall, IPS, WAF, CDN, EDR, SIEM, encryption, access control, among others.
  • Help customers to create their security plan and strategy to transform the security practices to a more modern and cloud-native approach, using Azure native security solutions, providing agility and native security controls in azure.
  • Perform hands-on activities (like PoCs), supporting the customer in evaluating native security solutions like Azure Firewall, Sentinel, Azure Security Center, Azure WAF cloud, among others.
  • Apply technical knowledge to architect security solutions that meet business, IT, Regulation and Compliance needs, create a secure architecture, infusing key security technologies where appropriate (e.g., Azure Firewall, WAF, NSG, Azure Policies, Azure Security Center, Sentinel, etc.).
  • Ensure that the solution exhibits high-performance levels, security, scalability, maintainability, appropriate reusability, and reliability upon deployment.
  • Develop deep relationships with key customer IT, Security, Compliance, and relevant business decision-makers, who drive long-term cloud adoption within their company to enable them to be cloud security advocates.
  • Be a Voice of Customer to share insights and best practices, connect with Global Security teams at Microsoft, Engineering and Products teams to remove blockers and influence the roadmap.
  • Collaborate with other Cloud Solution Architects and MS stakeholders in developing complex end-to-end Enterprise solutions on Microsoft Azure platforms.
  • Maintain technical skills and knowledge, keeping up to date with market trends and competitive insights, collaborate, and share with the technical community while educating customers on Azure Security.
  • Be an Azure Security evangelist with customers, partners, and external communities.
  • Help Customers to understand the Microsoft Security strategy aligned with our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.


Key Skills

  • Relationship Building. Proven track record of building deep technical relationships with senior security executives in large or highly strategic accounts. Experience in managing various stakeholder relationships to get consensus on security solutions/projects. Required
  • Good business acumen to quickly understand the customer’s industry regulations, necessary security controls, and business necessities to have relevant discussions with decision-makers.
  • Problem Solving. Ability to solve customer security, compliance, and data protection problems through cloud technologies Required
  • Collaboration and Communication. Acknowledged for driving decisions collaboratively, resolving conflicts and ensuring follow through with exceptional verbal and written communication skills. Ability to orchestrate, lead, and influence virtual teams, ensuring successful implementation of customer projects. Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort with both large and small audiences (Senior Executives, Security teams, Security admins, DevSecOps, Cloud Security architect teams) Required


  • Enterprise-scale technical experience with network security, cloud security, hybrid infrastructures secure, architecture designs, and technology management. Required
  • The technical aptitude and experience to learn new cloud security technologies and understand relevant cloud security market trends.
  • Experience in DevSecOps projects and Infra as code, secure as code strategy implementation.
  • Experience or knowledge in Pentesting projects.
  • Competitive Landscape: Knowledge of cloud security platforms.
  • Partners: Understanding of partner ecosystems and the ability to leverage partner solutions to solve customer need.


  • Breadth of technical security experience and knowledge, with depth / Subject Matter Expertise in two or more of the following Cloud Security Solutions. Required
    • Stateful firewall. (NG Firewall)
    • WAF (Web Application Firewall)
    • Data encryption and protection key services.
    • SIEM, and Cloud Security Analytics
    • Security Orchestration, Automation, and Response (SOAR)
    • Threat Intelligence
    • Incident Response
    • Security Operation Center
    • Security as Code / Infra as code


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Engineer or related field preferred.
  • Certification in one or more of the following technologies preferred: Cloud Security, OCSP, GIAC Certifications, CISSP, CCSP Network Security, Penetration Testing, Incident Response.


  • 5+ years of success in consultative/complex technical security and compliance sales and deployment projects, architecture, design, implementation, and/or support of highly distributed applications.
  • 5+ years of experience in solution delivery experience in Security specialized solution providers.

The successful candidate must be a U.S. Citizen. Citizenship Verification: This position requires verification of US Citizenship to meet federal government security requirements.

The successful candidate must have an active U.S. Government Secret Security Clearance. Ability to meet Microsoft, customer and/or government security screening requirements are required for this role. Failure to maintain or obtain the appropriate clearance and/or customer screening requirements may result in employment action up to and including termination. Candidates with a polygraph clearance preferred.

Clearance Verification: This position requires successful verification of the stated security clearance to meet federal government customer requirements. You will be asked to provide clearance verification information prior to an offer of employment.

Cloud Screening: Candidates must be able to successfully complete and pass a Microsoft Cloud background screening. Required Cloud Screenings will be administered on a recurring bi-annual basis.

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