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Working As A Network 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

  • $79,385

    Average Salary

What Does A Network 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 Network 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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Network Security Engineer Career Paths

Network Security Engineer
Information Security Officer Vice President Of Information Technology Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Consultant Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Technology Consultant Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Engineer Information Security Analyst Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Network Engineer Senior System Administrator Manager, Systems Engineering
Director Of Systems Engineering
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Network Administrator
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Technical Consultant Network Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Technical Project Manager
Technical Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Lead Technician Technical Manager
Technical Operations Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Director Vice President Of Information Technology
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.0 years
Security Engineer 2.2 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Executive 1.9%
Manager 1.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 2.1%

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Network Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

85.0%

Female

11.4%

Unknown

3.6%
Ethnicity

White

49.9%

Asian

19.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.1%

Black or African American

11.3%

Unknown

6.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

28.6%

Carrier

14.3%

Chinese

7.1%

German

7.1%

Hindi

7.1%

Mandarin

7.1%

Korean

7.1%

Czech

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

French

3.6%

Urdu

3.6%

Arabic

3.6%

Bengali

3.6%
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Network Security Engineer Education

Schools

Georgia College and State University

24.7%

Strayer University

12.5%

University of Maryland - University College

11.0%

University of Phoenix

8.0%

George Mason University

7.6%

Western Governors University

5.3%

Park University

3.4%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.7%

Texas A&M University

2.3%

Old Dominion University

2.3%

DePaul University

2.3%

New York University

1.9%

Community College of the Air Force

1.9%

Excelsior College

1.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

1.9%

American University

1.9%

Kaplan University

1.9%

Colorado Technical University

1.9%

Bellevue University

1.9%
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Majors

Information Technology

18.3%

Computer Science

15.7%

Computer Information Systems

10.5%

Electrical Engineering

9.4%

Business

9.0%

Computer Networking

7.1%

Computer Systems Security

6.5%

Criminal Justice

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Information Systems

2.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.6%

Management Information Systems

2.4%

Management

1.6%

Engineering

1.5%

Finance

1.4%

General Studies

0.9%

Political Science

0.9%

Computer Technical Support

0.9%

Military Applied Sciences

0.8%

Liberal Arts

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.9%

Masters

26.4%

Other

16.3%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

3.3%

Doctorate

1.5%

Diploma

0.8%
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Real Network Security Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Network Security Engineer The Gap, Inc. San Francisco, CA May 09, 2016 $145,000 -
$160,000
Network Security Engineer Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jul 13, 2016 $135,000
Staff Network Engineer-Security Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Jun 09, 2016 $133,453 -
$214,800
Network Security Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Aug 18, 2016 $130,000
Network Security Engineer Integrated Resources, Inc. Princeton, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $125,220
Network Security Engineer Integrated Resources, Inc. Princeton, NJ Sep 09, 2016 $125,220
Network Security Engineer Atlas Communications Technology, Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $125,000
Network Security Engineer Atlas Communication Technology Inc. Weehawken, NJ Oct 11, 2015 $125,000
Network Security Software Engineer Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY May 16, 2016 $125,000
Cloud Network Security Engineer Autodesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 07, 2015 $120,000
Network Security Engineer Rackspace Us, Inc. San Antonio, TX Sep 28, 2015 $118,800
Network Security Engineer Populus Group, LLC San Jose, CA May 23, 2016 $118,124
Network Security Engineer, Global Technology Services Pr Newswire Association LLC Jersey City, NJ Mar 09, 2015 $115,500
Network Security Engineer Zendesk, Inc. San Francisco, CA Apr 11, 2015 $115,000
Network Security Engineer Delhaize America Shared Services Group, LLC Salisbury, NC Jan 15, 2015 $77,625
Network Security Engineer Sterling 5, Inc. Englewood Cliffs, NJ Sep 12, 2015 $77,605
Network Security Engineer AOL Inc. Dulles Town Center, VA Jul 11, 2016 $77,501
Network Security Engineer Softnice, Inc. New York, NY Sep 07, 2015 $77,418
Network Security Engineer Softnice, Inc. Cranston, RI Sep 10, 2015 $76,461
Network Security Engineer Softnice, Inc. East Providence, RI Sep 05, 2015 $76,461
Network Security Engineer Softnet Consulting Inc. New York, NY Sep 08, 2015 $75,046
Network Security Engineer Softnice, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 20, 2016 $73,632
Network Security Engineer It Division Inc. Dallas, TX Sep 12, 2016 $64,397
Network Security Engineer Virtue Group, LLC Alpharetta, GA Feb 22, 2016 $64,000 -
$100,000
Network Security Engineer Cambay Consulting LLC Reston, VA Sep 15, 2016 $63,710
Network Security Engineer Softpath System LLC Foster City, CA Jun 30, 2015 $63,523
Network Security Engineer Softnice, Inc. Austin, TX Aug 18, 2016 $63,294
Network Security Engineer Cambay Consulting LLC Bellevue, WA Aug 19, 2016 $63,190

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Top Skills for A Network Security Engineer

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  1. Network Security
  2. Firewall
  3. LAN
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  • Worked with Network Project Manager to establish basic security principles, reviewed original HIPAA policies, and developed network security controls.
  • Replaced 90+ firewalls distributed throughout the enterprise with a few specialized application-aware firewalls centrally located within the data center environments.
  • Second and third level security and networking support, planning and implementation with direct customer interactions.
  • Lead SME for all newly deployed Cisco IPCC/UCCE LAN/WAN hardware monitoring, configuration retention for Cox Communications IPCC Network Operations Center.
  • Utilized practical expertise in TCP/IP protocols and system administration for purposes of maintaining and troubleshooting network security measures.

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