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Southern Company Cloud Identity Security Architect in Atlanta, Georgia

Cloud Identity Security Architect


Cloud Identity Security Architect

Work location(s): Georgia Power Corporate Headquarters located in Atlanta, GA or Alabama Power Corporate Headquarters located in Birmingham, AL

Position Summary:

Southern Company, a major U.S. energy firm, is seeking an experienced Cloud Identity Security Architect to design creative solutions and reduce risk. This is a hybrid role that allows for largely remote work, but periodic in-office presence is expected.

This role will have responsibility for setting the strategic direction for cloud identity across the organization and execute projects against the identity roadmap. Interested applicants should be well rounded in their understanding of different security disciplines such as networking, endpoint, data, monitoring, cloud, application security and, of course, identity. Qualified candidates need to be able to align strategy and execution to increase identity maturity, anticipate future requirements for complex hybrid and multi-cloud environments, drive identity initiatives via influence and relationships into business processes, keep up with current security trends, be focused on results, and be a self-starter.

This role will directly support the company’s efforts to mitigate real and potential cyber threats to the company’s facilities, personnel, technology, operations, and brand – including critical electric and gas utility infrastructure and its privately owned telecommunications network.

While Southern Company is headquartered in Atlanta, we bring energy to homes and businesses across the country. We’ve made our name as a leading producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, and we approach each day as a vital step in building the future of energy. We’re always looking ahead, and our innovations in the industry—from new nuclear to deployment of electric transportation and renewables —help brighten the lives and businesses of millions of customers nationwide. Our team is critical to building the future of energy with secure, resilient, and sustainable cyber solutions.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Set strategic direction for Cloud Identity Security across the organization and assist leadership in shaping our overall security program.

  • Provide expertise to assist in the development of Southern Company’s security architecture – identify areas of opportunity, research alternatives, and recommend solutions.

  • Serve as a trusted advisor to our stakeholders, by designing security solutions for better security and business enablement.

  • Align forward thinking strategy with business goals to continuously evolve identity practices and solutions.

  • Engage 3 rd party security experts for risk assessments, architecture reviews, and best practices.

  • Leverage a marketing-based approach to security services to improve technology, security awareness, and compliance.

  • Monitor, forecast, and prepare for new regulatory requirements and technology best practices driven by continued Southern Company growth.

  • Contribute to standards and polices for the identity security program.

  • Enhance processes to facilitate improved operational efficiencies, risk mitigation, and customer interactions.

  • Lead and deliver projects in scope, on time, and within budget.

  • Mentor others to strengthen security principles and best practices inside and outside the security organization.

Requirements and qualifications:


  • 3 years of experience and strong technical knowledge of cloud native identity providers, SAML/OpenID integrations, OAuth, MFA, and certificate management.

  • 3 years of experience playing a key role in building an Identity Security program.

  • Experience leveraging dynamic risk, progressive authentication, self-service, biometrics, and Passwordless.

  • Thorough understanding of cloud role-based access controls and their differences from on-prem.

  • Knowledge of cloud entitlement management and best practices.

  • Experience promoting security as a business enablement function using influence, metrics, documentation, strong verbal communication, and presentation skills.

  • A solid understanding of identity related protocols and standards such as SAML, OAuth/OIDC, WS-Fed, SCIM, FIDO, RADIUS, LDAP, Kerberos.

  • Ability to lead a project from concept through implementation and anticipate potential problems.

  • Experience prioritizing and executing with minimal direction or oversight.

  • Must pass all requirements of the Southern Company Insider Threat Program.


  • Experience with Azure Active Directory in addition to another cloud identity providers.

  • Competency in APIs (Rest, Graph) and/or JavaScript/Python/JSON/SQL.

  • Industry certifications such as: CISSP, CCSP, CISA, GIAC, OSCP, CRISC, CCNP, etc.

  • Experience with information security frameworks such as: COBIT, NIST, OWASP, etc.

  • Familiarity with nation state, sophisticated criminal, and supply chain threats.

  • Up-to-date knowledge of current hacking techniques, vulnerability disclosures, and data breach incidents.

  • Working knowledge of cloud and traditional security network architectures.

  • Experience with cybersecurity analysis and analytic tradecraft.

  • Desire to apply understanding of IT cyber threats to map global cyber security risks to the energy sector and to industrial control systems.



This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required in the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO ) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at .

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2010738