Security Architect

Saudi Arabia - Riyadh
Private Cloud - CTO and Solutioning – CTO and Solutioning /
Full - Time /
Rackspace Technology is a leading provider of expertise and managed services across all the major public and private cloud technologies. We’ve evolved Fanatical Support to encompass the entire customer journey — providing Fanatical Experience™ from first consultation to daily operations. Our passionate experts combine the power of proactive, always-on service and expertise with best-in-class tools and automation to deliver technology when and how our customers need it.

Rackspace has been commissioned by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assure the build of a sovereign multi tenant private cloud that we have designed. Under contract Rackspace will fulfil 3 strategic functions:
1.       Design and Build Assurance – Overseeing the plans, schedule and build of 20 vendors, individually deploying to install and configure their infrastructure, according to the schedule and standards laid down by Rackspace
2.       CMP Development – Designing, Building and releasing MVPs into service which allow firstly administration functions to be created and utilised, leveraging automation, and subsequently building in further automation and service controls
3.       Strategic Advisory – Against a designed TOM laid down by Rackspace, supporting the mobilisation of resources, executing a training strategy, and providing expertise to build out the cloud management office
Rackspace has a deep seated technical background, and is one of the few organisations that allows engineers to progress to the most senior organisational posts in the corporation. Our solutions engage service, migration factory, security and changes, amongst other departments and speciality skills to build a high quality infrastructure and a solution that enables sustainable and scalable control and administration. Over the last 2 decades Rackspace has applied its continuous improvement policies to deliver holistic, people, process and tech solutions.

Role Overview
We are looking for a Security Architect with expertise in Private Cloud platforms (ideally VMWare and/or OpenStack). You will be responsible for developing and implementing robust security processes, policies, and compliance procedures within our customer’s private cloud environments.

Your in-depth knowledge of private cloud security will enable you to design and maintain a secure infrastructure that protects sensitive data and mitigates potential risks. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of private cloud systems.
This role will be permanently on-site with a customer in Riyadh (KSA).

Arabic language skills will be highly advantageous.

Key Accountabilities

    • Design and develop comprehensive security architectures and solutions for private cloud platforms, focusing on VMWare and OpenStack.
    • Assess and understand the security requirements of private cloud environments and develop appropriate security processes, policies, and compliance procedures.
    • Supervise the integration of application-level security controls, adhering to standards such as OWASP, NIST etc.
    • Collaborate with business stakeholders to align software application security with corporate and regulatory requirements.
    • Collaborate with infrastructure and development teams to implement security controls, monitoring mechanisms, and access management strategies to safeguard private cloud systems.
    • Conduct regular security audits and vulnerability assessments to identify and address potential risks and weaknesses.
    • Define and enforce security standards, guidelines, and best practices, ensuring compliance with industry regulations and internal policies.
    • Stay up-to-date with the latest security trends, emerging threats, and industry standards and integrate relevant security measures accordingly.
    • Provide guidance and support to internal stakeholders, including infrastructure teams, developers, and operations personnel, on security-related matters.
    • Collaborate with the legal and compliance teams to ensure adherence to local regulations.
    • Act as a subject matter expert on cloud security, conducting training and awareness programs for employees to promote a culture of security consciousness.

Skills & Experience

    • Proven experience as a Security Architect, specifically focusing on private cloud platforms.
    • In-depth knowledge of cloud security concepts, practices, and technologies, including virtualization, network security, access controls, and data protection.
    • Extensive knowledge of application security, API Security, Secure CI/CD pipeline, Microservices architecture, DevSecOps tooling including AST, SCA, container runtime, and IaC.
    • Proficient in secure coding practices, cloud security and data privacy.
    • Strong understanding of security protocols, cryptography, authentication, and authorization mechanisms in the context of private cloud environments.
    • Experience in building and implementing security processes, policies, and compliance procedures within private cloud platforms.
    • Proficiency in conducting security audits, vulnerability assessments, and penetration testing in private cloud environments.
    • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills, with the ability to identify and mitigate security risks effectively.
    • Strong communication and collaboration skills to work effectively with cross-functional teams and communicate security-related concepts to technical and non-technical stakeholders.
    • At least one certification in VMware or OpenStack.
    • Other relevant certifications such as CISSP, CCSP, CCSK, or other cloud security certifications are highly desirable.

About Rackspace Technology
We are the multicloud solutions experts. We combine our expertise with the world’s leading technologies — across applications, data and security — to deliver end-to-end solutions. We have a proven record of advising customers based on their business challenges, designing solutions that scale, building and managing those solutions, and optimizing returns into the future. Named a best place to work, year after year according to Fortune, Forbes and Glassdoor, we attract and develop world-class talent. Join us on our mission to embrace technology, empower customers and deliver the future.
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Though we’re all different, Rackers thrive through our connection to a central goal: to be a valued member of a winning team on an inspiring mission. We bring our whole selves to work every day. And we embrace the notion that unique perspectives fuel innovation and enable us to best serve our customers and communities around the globe. We welcome you to apply today and want you to know that we are committed to offering equal employment opportunity without regard to age, color, disability, gender reassignment or identity or expression, genetic information, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity status, military or veteran status, nationality, ethnic or national origin, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or any legally protected characteristic. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.