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Cyber Security Architect

David Vitale

“In the three years I have worked at Airbus CyberSecurity, I have always been given the opportunity to work on really interesting projects, in France but also in Europe. At the same time, I was able to develop my skills by attending conferences and training sessions. When you arrive at Airbus CyberSecurity, you really feel like a part of a team; everyone at every level is involved in company life. Communication is always encouraged and you can count on your colleagues and managers in case you need anything.”

What is a Cyber Security Architect?

In fact, a security architect is a kind of Swiss knife. You have many skills that can help in lots of situations.

As a Security Architect, you are in charge of ensuring enterprise solutions are adequately protected against identified security risks. 

You’re a key element to your company that protects its interests and makes the link between the business and the technical team. You have to understand business needs and also identify systems potential weaknesses in order to propose relevant solutions.

What are the super powers required?

Even if a cape and a mask suit you, most important super powers are communication skills and curiosity.

With these two super powers, you will be able to acquire up to date technical knowledge and be able to adapt and support any kind of project.

There’s always new things to learn in cyber security. Every day many security news stories are published and it’s really captivating to discuss them with other Airbus CyberSecurity experts.

How did David Vitale become a Cyber Security Architect?

I’m one of these people who learn on the job. I studied electronic and robotics but quickly moved on to security at work.

I started firstly on security integration and solution hardening, it helped me to acquire a deep knowledge of host protection and related security tools. After 4 years in this position, I wanted to better understand security at a functional level so I moved on to security risks analysis for industrial tools.

Once you have both functional and technical skills, it’s just a matter of time before becoming a security architect.

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