Staff Information Security Architect

  • Foster City, CA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Common Purpose, Uncommon Opportunity. Everyone at Visa works with one goal in mind – making sure that Visa is the best way to pay and be paid, for everyone everywhere. This is our global vision and the common purpose that unites the entire Visa team. As a global payments technology company, tech is at the heart of what we do: Our VisaNet network processes over 13,000 transactions per second for people and businesses around the world, enabling them to use digital currency instead of cash and checks. We are also global advocates for financial inclusion, working with partners around the world to help those who lack access to financial services join the global economy. Visa’s sponsorships, including the Olympics and FIFA™ World Cup, celebrate teamwork, diversity, and excellence throughout the world. If you have a passion to make a difference in the lives of people around the world, Visa offers an uncommon opportunity to build a strong, thriving career. Visa is fueled by our team of talented employees who continuously raise the bar on delivering the convenience and security of digital currency to people all over the world. Join our team and find out how Visa is everywhere you want to be.

Job Description

What’s it all about?

Cybersecurity is at the beating heart of our culture. Our diligence and expertise is what makes us the undisputed leader in electronic payments.  We’ve made it our priority to create a top-tier Security Architecture team, poised to defend us against any potential cyber threats.  

We’re looking for those of you who are inherently driven and fascinated by the art and science of cyber defence. We’ll arm you with the very best tools and tech so that you can deliver top notch results. 

Development underpins job fulfilment at Visa. As Senior Solutions Architect, you’ll be enthused by getting stuck into various defence and security sector related projects, as well as the chance to work with people from a range of disciplines, as well as colleagues and clients at every level.

The nitty gritty

So what do we expect of you day to day? Here’s a bit of a heads up:

  • Be a product security champion by driving Security Architecture and Design/implementation/optimization for Web, API and Mobile backend applications across Visa.
  • Engage in the initial requirements definition (including analysis of threats and risks and alignment with Visa security, Engineering, IT and Architecture standards.
  • Conduct and facilitate security reviews, threat modelling including deep design reviews throughout the development lifecycle.
  • Facilitate "table-top"/red-team/scenario analysis exercises in conjunction with other SME's; and plan the resolution of any identified vulnerabilities/issues.
  • You’ll be working on enabling/building security on various platforms and technologies which protect the applications from attacks like:
    • Payment processing platforms, Payment Wallet solutions, Consumer facing applications, COTS products deployed in house, public clouds, Issuer/Acquirer facing platforms and applications, white labelled solutions for partners.
    • zTPF, zOS, MVS, Linux, Windows, VMWare, Openstack, SDN, Public cloud like AWS, Google
    • Cybersecurity tools like IDS, SIEM, Tripwire, Tanium, Netwitness, Netflow, WAF
    • HSMs, Tokenization systems, data encryption solutions from Safenet, Vormetric etc
    • Web technologies like HTTP, SOAP, REST services, AJAX
    • Databases like Oracle, MS SQL, Couchbase, Cassandra, Riak, Aerospike
    • Programming languages like Java, C, C++, .Net, Javascript, GoLang, ErLang, Cobol etc
    • Caching services like Kafka, Coherence, MQ
    • Big-data like Hadoop
    • Web Access Management solutions like Forgerock, Siteminder, Custom/in-house Security Frameworks
  • Automate security tools and processes ensuring innovation and advancement strategies that keep pace in the areas of access control, security-in-depth, secure transaction processing, secure coding practices for web and mobile applications.
  • Help business and product team to achieve various compliance certifications like PCI, FFIEC etc.
  • Be responsible for overall planning, direction and oversight of multiple projects, products, services or functions.
  • Identify and analyse system and application level vulnerabilities to provide recommended counter measures or mitigating controls that reduce risk to an acceptable and manageable level.
  • Independently formulate direction, design or oversight for the development of major Enteprise-wide programs or plans that have significant impact on the success of the organization.


What we’re after…

  • You will have significant progressive experience in building secure applications preferably payment platforms, systems that can withstand all types of threats from various threat agent.
  • You would have conducted threat modelling exercises on networks and systems to identify all the threats the systems is exposed to and recommended mitigations controls to address those threats.
  • You will have a deep understanding of current compliance, regulatory and legal requirements relevant to the transaction processing industry such as PCI, HIPPA, SOX, and GLB.
  • Knowledge of administrative, physical and technical controls that could be built around networks, systems and applications to secure them.
  • A proven record of accomplishment in designing security controls for complex web applications with backend services expertise such as API Gateway, Identity and Access Management Services, Data Protection technologies, Security Information Event Management etc.
  • Strong knowledge of deep design review and Secure Development Lifecycle methodologies, Agile based methodologies, middleware platforms, development platforms (Java, C, C++, .NET etc.).
  • An individual with experience of working on large scale cloud based services (including SaaS, PaaS, IaaS) and very understanding of security challenges involve in deploying Cloud Applications
  • Experienced hands on SW development in C/Objective-C/C++/Swift/Java
  • Technical experience with security technologies including, but not limited to, intrusion detection/prevention, event correlation, firewall, antivirus, anti-spam, policy enforcement, patch/configuration management, usage monitoring, audit, secure application development, etc.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.