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Location:Newport Coast (Newport Beach), CA
Company:Pacific Life
First posted:May 17, 2017 (last updated 2 weeks 4 days ago)

About Pacific Life:

At Pacific Life, you are given the opportunities and challenges to embrace your potential and achieve your personal best, every day. What you find here is something special - it's purposeful work done with a shared set of values that brings us all together.

Pacific Life offers life insurance, annuities, and mutual funds, along with a variety of investment products and services, all of which provide The Power to Help You Succeed. Headquartered in Newport Beach, CA, Pacific Life is a Fortune 500 company with approximately 2800 employees. We pride ourselves in providing a work environment that is challenging, inclusive, collaborative and results-oriented. We firmly believe each employee plays a part in our continued growth and success.

Job Description:
Currently, we are seeking a talented Information Security Architect to join the Corporate Division in Newport Beach, CA. The Corporate Division supports the goals and initiatives of all other divisions throughout the company and its subsidiaries. These departments include: Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Corporate Development, Public Affairs, Safety & Security, Legal & Compliance.


*This person will play an integral role in defining and assessing the organization's security strategy, architecture and practices
*Effectively translates business objectives and risk management strategies into specific security processes enabled by security technologies and services
*Provides consultative expertise to division and/or company regarding IT and information security systems, utilizing knowledge and experience from years of progressive work and involvement in various environments
*Leads project teams in security design, defining security requirements, identifying suitable controls, documenting and implementing technical designs and provides oversight and guidance to others
*Works with the Information Security Manager and others to define metrics and reporting strategies that effectively communicate successes and progress of the security program
*Creates security strategy and roadmaps and provides insight into latest security trends, risks, threats and attack methods
*Develops the Pacific Life Cloud Security Strategy and defines the transition to and adoption of secure cloud services
*Acts as 2nd or 3rd line support to assist in troubleshooting and problem resolution as required and called upon from time to time including out of hours support when necessary

Architecture, Design/Engineering

  • Ensure that an accurate inventory of all systems and infrastructure is maintained and that should be logged by the security information and event management (SIEM) or log management tool.
  • Validate IT infrastructure and other reference architectures including Cloud security architectures for security best practices, and recommend changes to enhance security and reduce risk where applicable.
  • Validate security configurations and access to security infrastructure tools
  • Conduct reviews of and oversee the change management function of rulesets for the organization's firewalls
  • Validate that security and other critical patches to are configured and deployed
  • Liaise with the business continuity team to validate security practices for both disaster recovery planning (DRP) and business continuity management (BCM) testing and
  • Document data flows of sensitive information within the organization (e.g., PII or ePHI) and recommend controls to ensure this data is adequately secured
  • Liaise with the internal audit team to review and evaluate the design and operational effectiveness of security related controls
  • Create security documentation including requirements definitions, risk assessments, high level and detailed design documents and risk and recommendation documentation
  • Lead the efforts to migrate or integrate security services in Cloud SaaS and IaaS services
  • Lead security design efforts on projects and guide and collaborate with others 
  • Host and conduct presentations to the security group, CIT and business users as required
  • Consult with IT and security staff to ensure that security is factored into the evaluation, selection, installation and configuration of hardware, applications and software
  • Recommend and coordinate the implementation of technical controls to support and enforce defined security policies.
  • Research, evaluate, design, test, recommend or plan the implementation of new or updated information security hardware or software, and analyze its impact on the existing environment; provide technical and managerial expertise for the administration of security tools
  • Maintain a knowledgebase comprising a technical reference library, security advisories and alerts, information on security trends and practices, and laws and regulations
  • Design, coordinate and oversee security testing procedures to verify the security of systems, networks and applications, and manage the remediation of identified risks
  • Manage security projects and provide expert guidance on security matters for other IT projects.
  • Provide 2nd and 3rd line support for production incidents, and participate in problem and change management forums as required including being available out of hours and supporting the on call rotation as requested


  • A minimum of seven years in an information security role of which at least 3 must have been in a security design, architecture or consultancy capacity.
  • A bachelor's degree in information systems or equivalent work experience; an M.B.A. or M.S. in Information Security is preferred. Professional certifications such as CISSP, CISM are highly regarded and must have knowledge of security standards and best practice such as ISO 27001 and NIST
  • Strong analytical skills to analyze security requirements and relate them to appropriate security controls
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to work effectively with business managers, IT engineering and IT operations staff
  • The ability to interact with Pacific Life personnel, build strong relationships at all levels
  • Excellent verbal, written communication skills. Must be able to communicate effectively with the IT organization, project and application development teams, management and business personnel
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of information risk concepts and principles as a means of relating business needs to security controls; an excellent understanding of information security concepts, protocols, industry best practices and strategies
  • Takes personal responsibility for growth. Builds on and applies existing knowledge.  Tries new approaches and broadens the scope of work to learn from work assignments
  • Demonstrates flexibility within a variety of changing situations, while working with individuals and groups.  Alters standard procedures, when necessary, multitasks when required and is able to work with minimal supervision


    Join the Pacific Life team and watch your career grow! We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive salary and bonus program
  • Medical, dental, and vision as part our commitment in investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees
  • Two retirement savings plans: 401k savings plan with company match and Company Retirement Contribution (company-paid)
  • Generous vacation time and holiday pay
  • And much more!

    EEO Statement:
    Pacific Life Insurance Company is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action Employer, M/F/D/V. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request an accommodation if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability. To request an accommodation, contact a Human Resources Representative at Pacific Life Insurance Company.

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