Principal Security Architect

Engineering McLean, Virginia United States


What’s your mission?

IronNet’s mission is simple:  To deliver the power of collective cybersecurity to defend companies, sectors, and nations.  For decades, companies have been defending against cyber attacks on their own while adversaries have been organizing themselves into sophisticated hacker networks … until now, with IronNet Collective Defense.  In 2014, General (Ret) Keith Alexander, former Commander U.S. Cyber Command, launched IronNet to strengthen cybersecurity defense against highly sophisticated adversaries, across all borders and sectors.   

In response to cyber adversaries who increasingly collaborate for collective offense, leading organizations in our critical infrastructure are using collective defense strategies and solutions to meet these powerful and ever-changing threats.  We believe that collective defense is our collective responsibility and we are leading the charge.

The Opportunity

This key role will design a complete and comprehensive framework for systems and products across all dimensions of software, hardware, and data development platforms. You'll define processes for technical requirements, system specifications, input/output and working parameters for hardware and/or software compatibility and security related to the Product team. You'll also conceive system interfaces and business application prototypes. Identifies, analyzes and resolves system design weaknesses. This role influences the shaping of future products by contributing to specified frameworks (architecture) used across multiple products, systems and industries.

To be successful in this role you must be able to . . .

  • Provide multi-layered technical expertise for next generation initiatives focused across the Concept and Design phases of our Secure Software Development Lifecycle (SSDLC), but also involved in security aspects regarding end-to-end delivery
  • Plan, design, develop and test software systems or applications for software enhancements and new products including cloud-based or internet-related tools.
  • Design and develop data storage systems, processes and enhancements for a company's complex high traffic, business critical internet site communications and/or network-based (cloud) product systems.
  • Develop solutions and processes for reliable and stable data storage management, security, backup, restoration, archiving and replication.
  • Assist with the implementation of new or additional storage technology to improve infrastructure service locally and remotely.
  • Analyze, design, program, debug and modify software enhancements and/or new products used in hosted, networked, cloud-based or Internet-related computer programs.
  • Understand secure coding best practices and system security tools and technologies used across both commercial and federal environments to include delivery/deployment methodologies:  on-premise, cloud, private-cloud, or hybrid
  • Able to leverage a variety of automation technologies to perform analysis, testing, and release of applications/platforms across the entire SSDLC.
  • Review relevant corporate policies, documentation, and procedures for development, installation and maintenance purposes.
  • May interact with users to define system requirements and/or necessary modifications.
  • Design, develops, troubleshoots and debugs software programs for enhancements and evaluates new products, while ensuring corporate Intellectual Property is protected through principles of obfuscation, encryption, logging, access control and other technologies.
  • Develop software and tools in support of design, infrastructure and technology platforms, including operating systems, compilers, routers, networks, utilities, databases, cloud-based and Internet-related tools.
  • Determine hardware compatibility and/or influences hardware design.
  • Have strong knowledge of Cloud and Hyper Converged (private cloud) offerings and the ability to design and implement comprehensive security solutions.
  • Have a firm grasp of requirements associated with the following standards NIST 800-53, NIST 800-171, SOC, ISO 27001, FedRAMP, GDPR, CMMC, TAG, and MRC

You may be the person we need if your background also aligns with the following . . .

  • AWS Certified Security Specialty
  • Azure Security Engineer Associate

What we expect from you . . .

We recognize few candidates meet every requirement and that many skills are transferable.  We believe in hiring smart people and expect them to grow and learn.  If your resume doesn’t match all of the requirements, you can still apply.  However, please address any skill gaps in a cover letter, upload a portfolio, or include a note in the application form, so our recruiting team and hiring managers can see beyond your resume.  

Align with and Model IronNet’s Values:

  1. The Mission Continues.
  2. Thrive personally, grow professionally―be happy!
  3. Innovate, learn, lead.
  4. Be the best and prove it.
  5. Act with integrity―always do the right thing.
  6. Be the most trusted, respected, and loved cybersecurity company in the world.

People who are successful at IronNet consistently demonstrate these qualities:

  • Always Accountable -- You commit to be the best at your job and prove it every day, delivering results with integrity, transparency and quality.
  • Will to Win -- You demonstrate urgency and take thoughtful risks, understanding that failing fast is critical to success.
  • Flexible and Adaptable -- You anticipate and plan for potential changes based on competing internal and external demands and do not let shifting priorities frustrate or annoy them.  
  • Passion for Customers -- You integrate innovation and quality to fulfill customer needs -- the value to customers is the first priority, both internally and externally.
  • Highly Capable and Innovative -- You develop innovative solutions to complex problems, strive for continuous improvement and adapt quickly to changes.
  • Technical Fit -- You understand the technology specific to the team / role / duties of the position.  The more senior the position that you are applying for, the more that we expect you to bring fresh perspectives and new ideas.

Recognition & Awards

IronNet is recognized as a representative vendor in Gartner’s “Market Guide for Network Detection and Response (NDR)”, and Forrester recently named IronNet a representative vendor in its “Now Tech: Network Analytic and Visibility, Q2, 2020” research. 

2020 Awards:

  • CRN Emerging Vendors
  • Fortress Cyber Security
  • Hot 150 Cybersecurity Companies
  • Cyber Security Awards: Innovative Product of the Year - Threat Detection

2019 Awards: 

  • Fortress Cyber Security
  • EMA Vendor To Watch
  • CRN Security100
  • NVTC Tech 100

More About IronNet:

IronNet delivers unmatched collective cyber threat detection for enterprise on-premise, cloud, and hybrid networks.  We do this through the application of advanced behavioral analytics, AI, and machine learning techniques.  Our team combines the tradecraft knowledge of the best offensive and defensive cyber operators in the world with world-class mathematicians and data scientists to engineer solutions that empower companies to defend against advanced threats.

Our founder and Co-CEO, General (Ret) Keith Alexander, is a recognized cybersecurity innovator and a frequent speaker about current cyberthreats and effective defenses. We have a leadership team with deep government and commercial cyber experience, and the company is advised by a board of esteemed security and venture investment professionals, including Jan Tighe Retired Vice Admiral, Former Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare and Director, Naval Intelligence, US Navy; and Jack Keane Chairman, Institute for the Study of War, Retired Four-Star General, Former Vice Chief of Staff, US Army.

Benefits of Working at IronNet:

IronNet strives to provide and takes pride in being able to offer comprehensive, essential and affordable benefits for our employees and their families.  We offer an unlimited PTO plan, 401(k) match as well as Medical, Dental, Vision, and Disability Insurance.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

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