IT Security Architect in Information Technology

Texas Medical Center-Houston, TX

IT Security Architect in Information Technology

Location: Texas Medical Center-Houston, Texas


Category: Information Technology

UTHealth Houston General Administration

Requisition #: 230002S9

Position Summary:

UTHealth Houston's Information Technology Department is looking for a Security Architect. This is someone who will help shape and drive the direction and focus of our entire security team. They will be responsible for contributing to the strategic direction, design and execution of the information security program, managing and reporting regulatory requirements that impact UTHealth Houston and addressing existing and emerging threats while improving operational and response capabilities. You must be able to realize opportunities to make our security better and execute a plan to do just that. You will focus on the security side of the house in our institution.

You must bring an In-depth understanding of web application security principles, OWASP Top Ten vulnerabilities, and common attack vectors. You must have a strong familiarity with Web Application Firewalls (WAF), both cloud-based and on-premises. Cloudflare WAF, AWS WAF, or F5 WAF experience is a plus. It will require proficiency in configuring, deploying, and managing firewalls, including policies, security rules, and NAT configurations. If you have Palo Alto firewall and cloud experience that is a plus.

Candidates must have experience configuring, deploying, and managing SSL VPN solutions to provide secure remote access. F5 Experience is a plus. Bring your solid knowledge of network protocols, application layer protocols, encryption and certificates to the role as well.

What we do here changes the world. UTHealth Houston is Texas’ resource for healthcare education, innovation, scientific discovery, and excellence in patient care. That’s where you come in.

Once you join us you won't want to leave. It’s because we reward our team for the excellent service they provide. Our total rewards package includes the benefits you’d expect from a top healthcare organization (benefits, insurance, etc.), plus:

  • 100% paid medical premiums for our full-time employees

  • Generous time off (holidays, preventative leave day, both vacation and sick time – all of which equates to around 37-38 days per year)

  • The longer you stay, the more vacation you’ll accrue!

  • Longevity Pay (Monthly payments after two years of service)

  • Build your future with our awesome retirement/pension plan!

We take care of our employees! As a world-renowned institution, our employees’ wellbeing is important to us. We offer work/life services such as…

  • Free financial and legal counseling

  • Free mental health counseling services

  • Gym membership discounts and access to wellness programs

  • Other employee discounts including entertainment, car rentals, cell phones, etc.

  • Resources for child and elder care

  • Plus many more!

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Plans, designs and implements security technologies that support the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of UTHealth Houston information technology resources.

  2. Identifies threat trends and adjusts the security strategy for maximum protection without sacrificing resource availability.

  3. Advises management on emerging security threats and proposes solutions to mitigate them.

  4. Provides work direction and guidance to personnel within the department. Leads projects and activities.

  5. Serves on committees, workgroups, or teams advising about or implementing information technology solutions.

  6. In collaboration with other UTHealth Houston teams, troubleshoots and responds to complex security issues.

  7. Manages complex security incidents and generates incident reports.

  8. Stays current in technology with self-study, seminars or formal training.

  9. Creates departmental standards documentation and conducts intra-departmental training.

  10. Assists management in developing reports, policies and procedures.

  11. Manages Human Resources activities of department in regards to: recruiting and selection, hiring and termination, training, professional development, mentoring, counseling, performance evaluations, and salary planning.

  12. Performs other duties as assigned.


CISSP, CISA, CISM, GIAC, PMP or Cisco certifications preferred.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree. May substitute required experience with equivalent years of education beyond the minimum education requirement.

Minimum Experience:

Five (5) years of experience in IT Security.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 20 pounds frequently and/or 10 pounds constantly to move objects.

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

Residency Requirement:

Employees must permanently reside and work in the State of Texas. This is a primarily remote role, but does require coming on site once a month or so for team meetings or as business needs dictate.

If you are looking for a great healthcare career in Houston, visit!

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth Houston is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth Houston includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

UTHealth Benefits

UTHealth Houston offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. For more information on our benefits programs please refer to the UTHealth Houston Office of Benefits Website.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

UTHealth Houston is committed to providing equal opportunity in all employment-related activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender identity or expression, veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law or university policy. Reasonable accommodation, based on disability or religious observances, will be considered in accordance with applicable law and UTHealth Houston policy. The University maintains affirmative action programs with respect to women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and eligible veterans in accordance with applicable law.

UTHealthHoustonhas adopted a policy consistent with CMS regulations to protect our patients and university community from exposure to COVID-19. This policy affects all employees, residents, fellows, students, contractors, new hires, visiting scholars program participants, adjunct faculty, and volunteers who work, train, or collaborate at the John S. Dunn Behavioral Science Center.

In addition, all UTHealthHouston​​​​​​​employees who are assigned to work at a location that is subject to the affiliated partner’s hospital, clinical offices, or agency are required to abide by UTHealth’sHoustonrules and regulations, as well as the affiliate’s rules and regulations, including COVID-19 vaccination and safety requirements.

Work location is based on the needs of the department and may be adjusted.