When they join an organization, Security Architects understand their systems thoroughly. Following that, they research, plan, and devise resilient security mechanisms. They carry out risk assessments, test for vulnerabilities, perform security evaluations, research security systems and standards and authentication protocols. Architects state requirements for routers, LANs (local area networks), WANs (wide area networks), firewalls, VPNs (virtual private networks), and other susceptible network devices.
Moreover, they need to strategize public key infrastructures (PKIs), including the use of digital signatures and certification authorities (CAs). Architects examine and certify installations of servers, routers, VPNs, and firewall, among others. They inspect final security mechanisms to confirm that they are functioning as they should.
Architects also need to monitor and guide the security team, and outline, implement and take ownership of an organization’s security policies and processes. Finally, they ensure that security systems are updated and upgraded as per requirements, and educate users on security issues.