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Southern Company Security Architect, Spec in Atlanta, Georgia

Security Architect, Spec


Sr. Security Architect – Team Lead

Position Summary:

Southern Company, a major U.S. energy firm, is seeking an experienced security architect and technical leader, to design creative solutions and reduce risk. The candidate 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. In this role, the potential for individual impact is substantial and has high visibility within the corporate leadership and governance.

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

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:

  • Exemplify a leadership approach focused on building, inspiring, and developing outstanding teams.

  • Construct and carry out a strategic vision for rigorous and scalable security controls with key performance indicators.

  • 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 integrate and raise the bar on security practices and solutions.

  • Develop a marketing-based approach to providing security services to improve technology, security awareness, and compliance across the firm.

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

  • Develop standards and polices for the various security programs.

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

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

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

  • Mentor others to strengthen cybersecurity principles and best practices to outside operational areas.

  • Apply strong leadership and strategic thinking to a diverse set of opportunities and challenges.

  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships and partnerships across the Technology Organization functions, business partners, and external vendors and suppliers.

  • Create an environment that fosters accountability, innovation, and engagement at all levels.

  • Streamline the software development lifecycle to reduce application vulnerabilities, improve developer productivity, and code quality.

  • Act as a student of the business and technology, anticipating future needs and shifts in technology and energy industries.

  • Appreciate and leverage the valuable inputs that come from diverse backgrounds and individual differences.

Requirements and qualifications:


  • Strong technical knowledge of application development practices, CI/CD pipelines, various cloud platforms including Azure, AWS, or GCP, modern operating systems, networking protocols and designs, and identity management.

  • Experience with development platforms and CI/CD tools, such as TFS/ADO/Git or Jenkins.

  • Proficiency in one or more coding languages, such as C#, Python, Java, or Java Script

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

  • At least 5 years of work experience playing a key role in building technical programs.

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

  • Experience prioritizing and executing with minimal direction or oversight.

  • Must pass NERC CIP & Insider Threat Protection background checks.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Development or Programming background.

  • Azure, AWS, and GCP certifications preferred.

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


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

The Energy Center - 3535 Colonnade Parkway (3535Birmingham)

3535 Colonnade Parkway

Birmingham, 35243

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

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2011127