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Working As A Network Security Engineer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $85,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Network Security Engineer Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A Network Security Engineer

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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Network Security Engineer Career Paths

Network Security Engineer
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Security & Network Engineer
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Information Security Officer Vice President
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Systems Engineer
Manager, Systems Engineering
9 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Network Administrator Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director, Technical Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Team Leader Senior Project Manager
Information Systems Director
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Analyst Team Leader Operations Director
Director, Network Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Director Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior System Administrator
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Security Engineer Security Engineer Senior System Administrator
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Engineer Senior System Administrator Information Technology Infrastructure Manager
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Analyst
Information Technology Supervisor, Information Technology
6 Yearsyrs
Consultant Information Technology Consultant Network Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Security Manager Information Technology Security Manager
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Senior Software Engineer Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Network Engineer Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Network Engineer 3.1 years
Firewall Engineer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Network Security Engineer
Engineer 1.5%
Top Careers After Network Security Engineer
Consultant 2.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$85,000
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$60,000
Min 10%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$85,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
The Computer Merchant, Ltd.
Highest Paying City
Foster City, CA
Highest Paying State
Oregon
Avg Experience Level
2.3 years
How much does a Network Security Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Network Security Engineer in the United States is $85,196 per year or $41 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $60,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $119,000.

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 Sep 09, 2016 $125,220
Network Security Engineer Integrated Resources, Inc. Princeton, NJ Oct 09, 2016 $125,220
Network Security Engineer Atlas Communications Technology, Inc. New York, NY Sep 04, 2015 $125,000
Network Security Software Engineer Doubleverify Inc. New York, NY May 16, 2016 $125,000
Network Security Engineer Atlas Communication Technology Inc. Weehawken, NJ Oct 11, 2015 $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 Bright Horizons Family Solutions, Inc. Watertown Town, MA Dec 09, 2016 $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. East Providence, RI Sep 05, 2015 $76,461
Network Security Engineer Softnice, Inc. Cranston, RI Sep 10, 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 Softnice, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 18, 2016 $63,190

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Top Skills for A Network Security Engineer

  1. LAN
  2. Tcp/Ip
  3. ASA
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked on wireless brand agnostic software with database management system as well as enterprise resource planning.
  • Utilized practical expertise in TCP/IP protocols and system administration for purposes of maintaining and troubleshooting network security measures.
  • Provide support and for 2Tier and 3Tier firewall architecture, which includes various Checkpoint, Cisco ASA firewalls and Palo-Alto firewalls.
  • Experience in management of Checkpoint VSX environment and using VSX with Multi-Domain Security Management.
  • Created directory structures and set security permissions to LAN user accounts using Windows XP and Active Directory.

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Network Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.8%

Female

11.2%

Unknown

8.0%
Ethnicity

White

51.7%

Asian

17.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.0%

Black or African American

11.9%

Unknown

5.8%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.0%

Carrier

13.8%

Chinese

6.9%

German

6.9%

Hindi

6.9%

Mandarin

6.9%

Korean

6.9%

Czech

3.4%

Japanese

3.4%

French

3.4%

Urdu

3.4%

Arabic

3.4%

Bengali

3.4%
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Network Security Engineer Education

Schools

Georgia College and State University

19.3%

University of Maryland - University College

11.9%

Strayer University

11.6%

University of Phoenix

9.5%

George Mason University

6.8%

Western Governors University

5.9%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.3%

Capital College

3.3%

Colorado Technical University

3.3%

Park University

3.0%

Community College of the Air Force

2.7%

DePaul University

2.7%

Capella University

2.7%

Northern Virginia Community College

2.7%

Texas A&M University

2.4%

American University

2.1%

National University

1.8%

San Jose State University

1.8%

Old Dominion University

1.8%

Stevens Institute of Technology

1.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.4%

Information Technology

15.9%

Electrical Engineering

11.1%

Computer Information Systems

10.0%

Business

8.3%

Computer Systems Security

7.0%

Computer Networking

6.7%

Criminal Justice

4.1%

Electrical Engineering Technology

3.9%

Information Systems

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.0%

Management Information Systems

2.0%

Engineering

1.6%

Management

1.4%

Finance

1.4%

General Studies

0.7%

Education

0.7%

Political Science

0.7%

Computer Technical Support

0.7%

Mathematics

0.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.6%

Masters

27.0%

Other

14.4%

Associate

8.0%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

1.6%

Diploma

0.7%
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