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I'm interested in work as an information security architect, particularly related to embedded systems and autonomous vehicles. What skills/education should I pursuing?


Brad Bunch Sterling Heights, MI

What knowledge/skills/abilities are sought after in an Information Security Architect?

2 November 2018 4 replies Career Advancement



Madeline Brewington Woodbridge, VA

Good Morning Brad,

I recommend you obtain industry related certifications. Look at becoming a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). ISC2 also offers a CISSP concentration for a security architect (CISSP-ISSAP). Degrees are important, but in technical fields, you need credentials that validate your expertise.


Steve Ruzzini Pittsburgh, PA

Hi Brad,

Regarding embedded systems, it will be helpful to have a degree in computer engineering to understand fundamentals of computer architecture. Regarding the information security part you could add a cybersecurity minor, or specific coursework in security, to that major. You can also look into organizations like the ones below to find training/certifications in many cybersecurity disciplines.



Cavett Ishihara Lehi, UT

This is a new field, so I ask you, where do you want to work? I interviewed at and had all the experience they needed. In the end, they still had no idea how to integrate to the market. If you are not building or supporting, you are selling. Where and What are the two questions you need to resolve. Build your battle plan from there.


ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Brad,

Thanks for your question. After a little research, I would recommend checking out the site below for information on specific degrees to pursue if you are looking to get into the security architect space.

For more specific information on high demand skills and abilities, check out our community page. Search by area of expertise - cyber security - and you send private messages to advisors with experience in this particular field.

I hope this helps!

All the best,

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