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Working As A Cyber Security Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $107,610

    Average Salary

What Does A Cyber Security Engineer Do

Information security analysts plan and carry out security measures to protect an organization’s computer networks and systems. Their responsibilities are continually expanding as the number of cyberattacks increases.

Duties

Information security analysts typically do the following:

  • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate a violation when one occurs
  • Install and use software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Prepare reports that document security breaches and the extent of the damage caused by the breaches
  • Conduct penetration testing, which is when analysts simulate attacks to look for vulnerabilities in their systems before they can be exploited
  • Research the latest information technology (IT) security trends
  • Help plan and carry out an organization’s way of handling security
  • Develop security standards and best practices for their organization
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures

Information security analysts must continually adapt to stay a step ahead of cyberattackers. They must stay up to date on the latest methods attackers are using to infiltrate computer systems and on IT security. Analysts need to research new security technology to decide what will most effectively protect their organization. This may involve attending cybersecurity conferences to hear firsthand accounts of other professionals who have experienced new types of attacks.

IT security analysts are heavily involved with creating their organization’s disaster recovery plan, a procedure that IT employees follow in case of emergency. These plans allow for the continued operation of an organization’s IT department. It includes preventive measures such as regularly copying and transferring data to an offsite location. It also involves plans to restore proper IT functioning after a disaster. Analysts continually test the steps in their recovery plans.

Because information security is important, these workers usually report directly to upper management. Many information security analysts work with an organization’s computer and information systems manager or chief technology officer (CTO) to design security or disaster recovery systems.

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How To Become A Cyber Security Engineer

Most information security analyst positions require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Employers usually prefer analysts to have experience in a related occupation.

Education

Information security analysts usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, programming, or a related field. As information security continues to develop as a career field, many schools are responding with information security programs for prospective job seekers. These programs may become a common path for entry into the occupation. Currently, a well-rounded computer education is preferred.

Employers of information security analysts sometimes prefer applicants who have a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) in information systems. Programs offering the MBA in information systems generally require 2 years of study beyond the undergraduate level and include both business and computer-related courses.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Information security analysts generally need to have previous experience in a related occupation. Many analysts have experience in an information technology department, often as a network or systems administrator. Some employers look for people who have already worked in fields related to the one in which they are hiring. For example, if the job opening is in database security, they may look for a database administrator. If they are hiring in systems security, a computer systems analyst may be an ideal candidate.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

There are a number of information security certifications available, and many employers prefer job candidates to have one. Certification validates the knowledge and best practices required from information security analysts. Some are general information security certificates, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional, and others have a narrow focus, such as penetration testing or systems auditing.

Advancement

Information security analysts can advance to become chief security officers or another type of computer and information systems manager.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Information security analysts must carefully study computer systems and networks and assess risks to determine how security policies and protocols can be improved.

Detail oriented. Because cyberattacks can be difficult to detect, information security analysts pay careful attention to their computer systems and watch for minor changes in performance.

Ingenuity. Information security analysts anticipate information security risks and implement new ways to protect their organizations’ computer systems and networks.

Problem-solving skills. Information security analysts respond to security alerts and uncover and fix flaws in computer systems and networks.

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Average Length of Employment
Security Engineer 2.3 years
Security Architect 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Analyst 2.9%
Top Employers After
Analyst 3.0%

Cyber Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

81.0%

Female

16.6%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

77.6%

Hispanic or Latino

9.4%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

3.1%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

21.1%

French

10.5%

Hindi

10.5%

Mandarin

5.3%

Ukrainian

5.3%

German

5.3%

Marathi

5.3%

Urdu

5.3%

Dari

5.3%

Malayalam

5.3%

Korean

5.3%

Tamil

5.3%

Arabic

5.3%

Russian

5.3%
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Cyber Security Engineer Education

Schools

University of Maryland - University College

16.0%

University of Phoenix

11.2%

George Mason University

10.4%

Capella University

8.0%

Strayer University

5.6%

Colorado Technical University

5.6%

George Washington University

5.6%

University of Alabama at Huntsville

4.0%

Ashford University

4.0%

Western Governors University

3.2%

Villanova University

3.2%

Community College of the Air Force

3.2%

American InterContinental University

3.2%

ECPI University

2.4%

Webster University

2.4%

Trident University International

2.4%

Johns Hopkins University

2.4%

Park University

2.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

2.4%

University of Texas at San Antonio

2.4%
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Majors

Computer Systems Security

13.1%

Computer Information Systems

12.8%

Information Technology

12.5%

Computer Science

10.8%

Business

9.1%

Criminal Justice

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Computer Engineering

4.4%

Computer Networking

4.0%

Management

3.4%

Information Systems

3.0%

Information Sciences

2.4%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Psychology

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%

Finance

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Engineering

1.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.6%

Masters

34.6%

Other

11.5%

Associate

5.1%

Certificate

3.5%

Doctorate

2.1%

Diploma

0.5%
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Real Cyber Security Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Cyber Security Engineer Moody's Shared Services, Inc. New York, NY Feb 12, 2016 $140,760
Lead Cyber Security Engineer Quest Diagnostics Incorporated Lyndhurst, NJ Nov 16, 2016 $140,109 -
$150,500
Senior Network Cyber Security Engineer University of Maryland University College College Park, MD Jul 31, 2015 $135,103
Cyber Security-Global Security Splunk Engineer Pepsico, Inc. Plano, TX Nov 21, 2016 $125,000
Senior Network Cyber Security Engineer University of Maryland University College College Park, MD Jul 30, 2012 $120,000
Senior Cyber Security Engineer SRA International, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 01, 2013 $110,000
Staff Cyber Security Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Sep 06, 2014 $104,200 -
$156,200
Cyber Security Engineer CSID El Cajon, CA Oct 21, 2015 $95,000 -
$105,000
Network and Cyber Security Engineer E-Possible, Inc. Newport Beach, CA May 05, 2016 $92,206
Cyber Security Engineer Paladion Networks Private Limited Herndon, VA Sep 18, 2016 $90,000
Senior Cyber Security Engineer Travelport, LP Atlanta, GA Feb 10, 2014 $90,000 -
$139,285
Cyber Security Engineer Target Enterprise, Inc. Brooklyn Park, MN Nov 01, 2016 $87,755 -
$106,800
Senior Cyber Security Engineer Qualcomm Incorporated San Diego, CA Apr 23, 2016 $84,700 -
$127,100
Cyber Security Engineer CSID El Cajon, CA Oct 21, 2012 $83,075
Cyber Security Engineer Paladion Networks Private Limited Herndon, VA Sep 18, 2016 $80,000
Cyber Security Engineer Paladion Networks Private Limited Herndon, VA Sep 18, 2016 $75,000
Cyber Security Engineer Lightspeed Technologies Inc. Poway, CA Jan 02, 2016 $73,045

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Top Skills for A Cyber Security Engineer

CyberSecurityVulnerabilityAssessmentsEnsureComplianceFirewallsProceduresAssuranceArchitectureDODAcasSecurityPoliciesDisaStigNistWindowsServerIncidentResponseWebSecurityInformationSecuritySystemSiemNessusInformationSystems

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Top Cyber Security Engineer Skills

  1. Cyber Security
  2. Vulnerability Assessments
  3. Ensure Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Instruct the Cyber Security Course utilizing lectures, assignments, presentations, and hands on within the class room.
  • Participate in the design and execution of vulnerability assessments, penetration tests and security audits and provides recommendations for application design.
  • Established procedures to ensure compliance with multiple Government regulations.
  • Designed, installed & implemented Juniper, Fortigate & Palo Alto firewalls to evaluate their performance and usability.
  • Identify and implement improvements in existing methodology, processes, and procedures.

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