Security Architect

About the job

Ally and Your Career

Ally Financial only succeeds when its people do – and that’s more than some cliché people put on job postings. We live this stuff! We see our people as, well, people – with interests, families, friends, dreams, and causes that are all important to them. Our focus is on the health and safety of our teammates as well as work-life balance and diversity and inclusion. From generous benefits to a variety of employee resource groups, we strive to build paths that encourage employees to stretch themselves professionally. We want to help you grow, develop, and learn new things. You’re constantly evolving, so shouldn’t your opportunities be, too?

The Opportunity

At Ally, you get a startup feel, but experience the benefits of a company that’s worked out the kinks and is fulfilling its purpose. We’re always evolving and see that as a good thing. From owning our work to seeing its impact in the real world, our team is relentless in finding new ways technology can help make experiences better and help people. We are problem solvers, we value diverse thinking, we support one another, and we challenge ourselves to think bigger in the journey to deliver customer-obsessed tech solutions.

We seek an information security architect to work under limited supervision, applying strong technical skills and experience to recommend, implement, support, and improve information security controls. He or she supplies expertise to management, business areas, and IT teams in risk assessment as well as implementation of appropriate information security controls and monitoring. He or she may be asked to develop secure systems and network architectures and assists other teams in securing their architectures.

The Work Itself

  • Support IT-related projects as an information security subject matter expert, providing support throughout their life cycle
  • Assess, report on and make recommendations regarding current and proposed architectures, strategies and systems
  • Develop threat models for applications
  • Provide thought leadership by identifying new information security threats, emerging technologies, and counter-measures
  • Perform security checkpoint reviews, ensuring security requirements have been identified and adequate testing performed
  • Review systems and processes for compliance to information security standards
  • Provide information security expertise for risk assessments
  • Participate in EA process improvements
  • Continuously improve information security knowledge and skills
  • Develop secure strategies and architectures
  • As assigned:
    • Assist in responding to audit requests and issues
    • Provide technical assistance in investigating and responding to information security incidents
    • Assist in the development and implementation of information security-related policies, standards, baselines and procedures
    • Provide information security expertise for third-party risk management
    • Evaluate policy and standard exception requests and respond

The Skills You Bring

  • 5+ years of experience as a security architect or in a technical IT specialty, preferably in the financial services industry
  • Knowledge of:
    • Information systems vulnerability management processes and technologies
    • Cloud security controls and cloud architecture
    • Threat modeling
    • Information security standards
    • Quality and process improvement disciplines
    • Recognized standards such as ISO2700x, COBIT, PCI-DSS, ITIL V3, CMMI and TOGAF
    • Compliance aspects of GLBA, EU Data Protection Directive, Sarbanes-Oxley and other relevant laws and regulations
  • Experience with:
    • Developing policies and standards
    • Designing cloud native solutions
    • Developing and improving information security processes
  • Strong technical knowledge of security in at least one of the following:
    • Applications
    • Unix servers
    • Windows servers
    • Oracle and/or MS SQL databases
    • Networks
    • Middleware
    • Mobile devices and applications
    • Cloud
  • Security minded professional with a focus on IT solutions and how they are designed.
  • Experience with cloud environments and solutioning in the cloud
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good relationship management skills
  • Flexibility and adaptability in the face of changing priorities
  • Ability to evaluate and manage risk
  • Ability to manage several unrelated efforts simultaneously
  • Ability to negotiate resolutions of conflicting security and business objectives
  • Strong understanding of information security concepts, threats, vulnerabilities and controls
  • Real-world hands-on experience
  • Unquestionable integrity
  • Teamwork orientation
  • Demonstrated perspective and good judgment
  • Willingness to assume responsibility and ownership
  • Personal initiative and strong personal work ethic
  • Ability to work independently
  • Professional poise and presence
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field, or equivalent work experience
  • CISSP, CISA, CISM, or equivalent certifications are desirable
  • Occasional after hours and weekend work required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Experience within the Automotive Industry

How We’ll Have Your Back

Ally’s compensation program offers market-competitive base pay and pay-for-performance incentives (bonuses) based on achieving personal and company goals. But Ally’s total compensation – or total rewards – extends beyond your paycheck and is designed to support and enrich your personal and professional life, including:

  • Time Away: competitive holiday and flexible paid-time-off, including time off for volunteering and voting.
  • Planning for the Future: plan for the near and long term with an industry-leading 401K retirement savings plan with matching and company contributions, student loan and 529 educational assistance programs, tuition reimbursement, and other financial well-being programs.
  • Supporting your Health & Well-being: flexible health and insurance options including dental and vision, pre-tax Health Savings Account with employer contributions and a total well-being program that helps you and your family stay on track physically, socially, emotionally, and financially.
  • Building a Family: adoption, surrogacy, and fertility support as well as parental and caregiver leave, back-up child and adult/elder day care program and childcare discounts.
  • Work-Life Integration: other benefits including LifeMatters® Employee Assistance Program, subsidized and discounted Weight Watchers® program and other employee discount programs.

Who We Are:

Ally Financial is a customer-centric, leading digital financial services company with passionate customer service and innovative financial solutions. We are relentlessly focused on “Doing it Right” and being a trusted financial-services provider to our consumer, commercial, and corporate customers. For more information, visit

Ally is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic disposition or any other reason protected by law.

Where permitted by applicable law, must have received or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine by date of hire to be considered, if not currently employed by Ally.

We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. For accommodation requests, email us at Ally will not discriminate against any qualified individual who is capable of performing the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

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