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Director of Software Engineering- Cyber Security

Location McLean, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia
Job ID R109993 Updated date 04/07/2021
Center 1 (19052), United States of America, McLean, Virginia

Director of Software Engineering- Cyber Security

Cyber is essential to Capital One success and culture as we seek to safeguard and enable our customers and associates.  As part of the Cyber Security team, you are passionate about cyber security and risk management. You see security as an enabler and differentiator to enable the business through innovation, not a step in the compliance process.  You work with the business and technology partners to achieve goals and objectives in a secure manner with a heavy forward lean on modern technology architectures.

At Capital One, you will help advise on strategic initiatives, programs, and projects to create business value in an agile manner.  You are pragmatic and practical in your understanding of security and associated risks, but also willing to know when to pull in experts and escalate. You will lead a team of dynamic and talented Cyber Security professionals who want to learn from your experience and skills. You are an advocate in the value of data driven business decisions and products, as well as comfortable with network security cloud based technologies and tools, proactive protective methods, and concepts like web application firewalls, DDOS, bot/malware detection and prevention.


  • Execute Information Security advisory services for an enterprise wide multi-year data transformation strategy within cloud based environments

  • Lead team of Cyber Security experts to provide subject matter expertise to both business and development teams, specifically in the area of network security 

  • Educate and influence executive leadership and associates to effectively leverage security capabilities and solutions

  • Escalate and manage cyber security risk as the primary point of contact for a line of business area

  • Serve as an expert and thought leader in Capital One’s Cyber Security capabilities, solutions, policies, procedures and standards

  • Lean in as a change agent to shift security risk identification and solutions left in enterprise processes, through coordination and execution of proactive Network Security consulting practices

  • Drive innovation activity as an outcome; partner extensively with other Cyber organizations such as Security Engineering, to derive both novel and patent activity as outcomes

  • Provide regular updates to executive leadership with your line of business on the overall Cyber Network Security health and risk environment

  • Deliver Cyber agenda and integration of Network Security within business objectives for line of business area

  • Provide ad hoc support on special Network Security hot topics for the business

  • In addition to the qualifications listed below, ideal candidate should also have: 

    • Experience with network protection techniques and tools such as web application firewalls, bot protection, DDOS, IPS/IDS 

    • Experience in Offensive and or Defensive Security techniques 

    • Experience in a regulated and compliance environment, financial services industry experience is a plus.

About You:

  • You have a deep passion for securing modern computing platforms

  • You have a desire to work in a very fast moving, forward leaning, modern computing environment

  • You have a strong desire to continually learn about new technologies

  • You possess strong conceptual thinking and communication skills

  • You are a demonstrated leader with team-oriented interpersonal skills and the ability to interface effectively with a broad range of people and roles, including business executives, technology leaders, and enterprise suppliers

  • You maintain calmness and clarity of thought under pressure and ability to maintain confidentiality

  • You have a deep understanding of strategic business objectives and the ability to drive results toward those objectives

  • You have the ability to describe the risks of a security exposure or vulnerability in business-impact terms

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree 

  • At least 7 years of Software Development or Software Engineering experience

  • At least 7 years of experience in Cyber Security

  • At least 5 years of people management experience

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or PhD

  • 10+ years experience with Network and Security Architecture.

  • 7+ years of experience leading teams of information security professionals

  • 5+ years of experience in securing a public cloud environments and services (AWS, GCP, Azure)

  • 4+ years of experience managing technical vendors

  • 3+ years experience utilizing Agile methodologies 

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) or AWS Certification


Capital One will consider sponsoring a new qualified applicant for employment authorization for this position.

No agencies please. Capital One is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, physical and mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/assignment, citizenship, pregnancy or maternity, protected veteran status, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law. Capital One promotes a drug-free workplace. Capital One will consider for employment qualified applicants with a criminal history in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable laws regarding criminal background inquiries, including, to the extent applicable, Article 23-A of the New York Correction Law; San Francisco, California Police Code Article 49, Sections 4901-4920; New York City’s Fair Chance Act; Philadelphia’s Fair Criminal Records Screening Act; and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding criminal background inquiries.

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