Application Security Senior Associate, Belfast
PwC is driving major change across information and cyber security by building a centralized model to provide security services across the entire member firm network.
Mandated at the network level, Network Information Security (NIS) operates outside Information Technology (IT) and is responsible for this major program initiative, from definition of the security strategy to execution of the global Cyber Readiness Program, moving from local to centralized services.
Our mission is to identify, control and reduce the attack surface across the member firm network while increasing our adversaries’ cost of attack.
In order to deliver the Cyber Readiness Program the NIS team is structured into the following Pillars:
- Information Security Risk and Compliance (ISRC)
- Chief Information Security Office (CISO)
- Security Architecture, Engineering, Innovation and Transformation (SAEIT)
- Cyber Security Services
- Strategy and Alliances
- Chief of Staff
NIS is building the first global cyber security function at PwC. Our mission protects 300,000 PwC members across 160 member firms worldwide as well as our global clients.
If you are seeking an exciting career with the scope to grow your security skills through major change on a global scale, then NIS will empower you to do so.
The SAEIT pillar within NIS is responsible for the following services:
- Security Architecture
- Security Engineering
- Security Transformation
- Application Security
If you love designing and building security technology this is the place to be. Within SAEIT we work closely with the business to define the NIS 5 year security roadmap. Gathering business requirements to combine PwC’s goals with conceptual long term security trends to create a target architecture for NIS to deliver against. From this future state plan the Security Engineering team break down long term goals into manageable projects and look to technical security solutions to solve business problems. Designing and building security technology that span the wider PwC network of firms. Once security technologies are built the security engineering team work closely with Cyber in order to highlight the capability of the technology to ensure maximum impact as it is transitioned into an operational environment.
The Application Security team own following tasks:
- Definition of application landscape and creation of application risk register across the PwC Network of firms;
- Utilisation of application security tools for scanning applications for common application security risks;
- Engagement with development teams to articulate complex application security risks
- Continual engagement throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC) to identify, track and reduce application security risks across new applications
- Assessment of application security vulnerabilities across existing application landscape
- Plan and prioritise application security vulnerabilities and develop structured remediation plan; and
- Engaging stakeholders in ISRC to ensure technical vulnerabilities that cannot be remediated are managed and mitigating controls are developed to reduce the risk of said vulnerability within the business environment
Skills and Experience
- Experience engaging business and technology stakeholders at all levels to gather long term goals and requirements;
- Experience mapping long term business requirements to security architecture frameworks such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture (SABSA), Zachman etc.;
- Understanding of how to design and build security technology solutions aligned to a global central service environment;
- Understanding of security technology at an enterprise and solution level;
- Hands on engineering experience with enterprise security technology;
- Experience contributing to a central technology service organization;
- Navigating a matrix organization; and
- Experience collaborating with multiple stakeholders across functional and technical skillsets.
- Possess deep knowledge in a specific subject matter area or technical domain related to Application Security that is applied to solve business problems and deliver necessary results.
- Demonstrates proven skills and thorough comprehension in functional areas of Application Security both as an individual contributor and team member.
- Monitor workloads within the team to deliver against the requirements within Application Security while making sure leadership are informed of progress and issues.
- Performs Application Security tasks with autonomy.
- Expert knowledge of software development work with development teams to minimize vulnerabilities throughout the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
- Through expert knowledge of software development work with development teams to minimize vulnerabilities throughout the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC)
- Educate developers around secure coding practices and common vulnerabilities in applications (OWASP Top 10)
- Carry out penetration tests on applications to highlight vulnerabilities in the code
- Identify and understand all vulnerabilities across the PwC application landscape
- Promote secure coding principles throughout software development teams
- Determine critical risks to PwC applications and work with IRSC to create mitigating controls to reduce risks in the live environment to an acceptable level
- Resolve challenging problems in collaboration with others and take initiative when appropriate to make independent choices on matters of significance, and influence others within the Application Security team.
Internal firm services
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