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Working As A 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

  • $95,000

    Average Salary

What Does A 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 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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Security Engineer Career Paths

Security Engineer
Securities Consultant Security Manager Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Security Manager
Security Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Operations Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Information Technology Manager Information Technology Director
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Information Technology Manager Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior System Administrator Systems Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Solutions Architect Network Manager
Director Of Network Services
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Network Manager Infrastructure Manager
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Security Administrator Information Technology Consultant Information Technology Operations Manager
Service Desk Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Information Security Officer
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Solutions Architect Network Manager
Data Center Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Infrastructure Manager
Senior Manager Infrastructure
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Consultant Security Manager Security Operations Manager
Security Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Administrator Systems Architect Senior Technical Consultant
Principal Technologist
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Security Architect 2.5 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Security Engineer 2.0 years
Top Careers Before Security Engineer
Engineer 3.5%
Consultant 3.3%
Internship 2.5%
Top Careers After Security Engineer
Consultant 4.5%
Engineer 3.9%

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Average Yearly Salary
$95,000
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$71,000
Min 10%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$95,000
Median 50%
$125,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Latham & Watkins
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.2 years
How much does a Security Engineer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Security Engineer in the United States is $95,288 per year or $46 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $72,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $126,000.

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Real Security Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Security Engineer Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Nov 28, 2016 $250,000
Principal Security Engineer Vidscale, Inc. Sep 21, 2016 $200,000
Application Security Engineer Palantir Technologies Inc. Mar 15, 2016 $200,000
Lead Security Engineer Mongodb, Inc. Nov 19, 2015 $200,000
Application Security Engineer Palantir Technologies Inc. Jan 08, 2016 $200,000
Lead Security Engineer Betterment Holdings, Inc. Nov 21, 2016 $190,000
Principal Security Engineer Twilio Inc. Jan 06, 2016 $190,000
Security Engineer Facebook, Inc. Jun 12, 2015 $188,095
Security Engineer III Amazon Web Services, Inc. Nov 28, 2016 $185,000
Security Engineer Facebook, Inc. Jul 11, 2016 $175,000
Security Engineer Addepar, Inc. Apr 11, 2016 $175,000
Security Engineer Google Inc. May 01, 2016 $170,000
Security Engineer Square Inc. Nov 07, 2016 $170,000
Security Engineer (Software Systems) Avira, Inc. Jan 06, 2015 $170,000 -
$190,000
Security Engineer II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Jul 13, 2015 $126,000
Security Engineer/Consultant Trustwave Holdings Inc. Jan 10, 2015 $126,000
Security Engineer Securicon, LLC Jan 10, 2016 $126,000
Security Engineer/Consultant Trustwave Holdings Inc. Oct 01, 2015 $126,000
Security Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Aug 25, 2016 $126,000
Application Security Engineer Blackline Systems, Inc. Aug 24, 2015 $125,000
Product Security Engineer Salesforce.com Mar 17, 2015 $125,000
Security Analytics Engineer Salesforce.com Jun 17, 2016 $125,000
Security Engineer Google Inc. Jul 20, 2016 $105,000
Security Engineer Riot Games Inc. Aug 24, 2016 $105,000
IDM Security Engineer-Lead Consultant Band D Allstate Insurance Company May 11, 2015 $105,000
Mobile Security Engineer Venafi, Inc. Feb 26, 2016 $105,000 -
$165,000
Security Engineer Citrix Systems, Inc. Nov 07, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000
Security Content Engineer Exabeam, Inc. Sep 08, 2016 $105,000
Security Engineer Facebook, Inc. Jul 26, 2016 $105,000
Software Security Engineer Citrix Systems, Inc. Feb 25, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000

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Top Skills for A Security Engineer

  1. Firewall
  2. Vulnerability Assessments
  3. Web Application
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Processed routine firewall requests; ensure requests comply with overall security policy and implement changes during appropriate change management windows.
  • Performed vulnerability assessments based on the process and standards within DoD Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP).
  • Provide service implementation guidance to enhance security posture by reducing threat vector and consultation regarding network and web application posture.
  • Provide network LAN/WAN design, implementation, consulting and leadership for data and converged communications infrastructure based largely on Cisco equipment.
  • Install and configuration & maintained Windows XP - Vista Business Microsoft Windows server 2003, 2008 and 2012server, Exchange Server.

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  3. California
  4. Nevada
  5. Idaho
  6. District of Columbia
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  8. New Jersey
  9. Maryland
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Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

80.4%

Female

14.8%

Unknown

4.8%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Black or African American

13.5%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Asian

12.2%

Unknown

4.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

18.2%

French

14.5%

German

10.9%

Arabic

10.9%

Carrier

7.3%

Italian

5.5%

Russian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Dari

3.6%

Serbian

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Indonesian

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Cantonese

1.8%

Japanese

1.8%

Czech

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Croatian

1.8%

Korean

1.8%
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Security Engineer Education

Schools

George Mason University

13.7%

University of Maryland - University College

9.3%

Strayer University

8.7%

Capital College

6.8%

Pennsylvania State University

6.2%

Western Governors University

6.2%

Community College of the Air Force

5.6%

George Washington University

5.0%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.3%

Colorado Technical University

4.3%

Capella University

3.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.1%

Stanford University

3.1%

Old Dominion University

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Johns Hopkins University

3.1%

Ohio State University

3.1%

Brigham Young University

2.5%

Lewis University

2.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

2.5%
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Majors

Computer Science

18.1%

Computer Systems Security

15.2%

Information Technology

13.9%

Business

8.4%

Electrical Engineering

6.1%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.8%

Computer Networking

5.6%

Computer Engineering

4.8%

Management Information Systems

3.8%

Finance

2.5%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.7%

Management

1.4%

Computer Applications

1.1%

Engineering

1.1%

Project Management

0.9%

Psychology

0.9%

History

0.9%

Computer Engineering Technology

0.9%

Information Sciences

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

46.4%

Masters

28.5%

Associate

13.7%

High School Diploma

4.3%

Certificate

3.9%

Doctorate

1.9%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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