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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

  • $80,040

    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
Network Security Engineer Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Vice President Of Information Technology Chief Information Officer
Deputy Chief Information Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Security Manager Information Technology Specialist Information Systems Manager
Director Of Information Services
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Analyst Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Security
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Security Officer Information Security Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Infrastructure Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Information Security Consultant Information Security Officer
Information Security Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Securities Consultant Information Security Consultant
Information Security Officer
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Security Engineer Security Manager Information Technology Specialist
Information Systems Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Network Security Engineer Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Information Assurance Information Security Analyst Information Technology Manager
Infrastructure Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Senior Systems Engineer Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Sales Manager Operations Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Securities Consultant Security Officer Account Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Security Architect Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Network Engineer Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Engineer 3.2 years
Systems Engineer 3.2 years
Security Architect 2.3 years
Securities Analyst 2.3 years
Firewall Engineer 2.1 years
Security Engineer 2.0 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.2%
Engineer 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.8%

Security Engineer Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

15.0%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

74.2%

Asian

12.7%

Hispanic or Latino

8.7%

Unknown

3.4%

Black or African American

1.0%
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Languages Spoken

French

16.1%

Spanish

16.1%

German

12.5%

Arabic

10.7%

Carrier

5.4%

Russian

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Serbian

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Dari

3.6%

Korean

3.6%

Indonesian

1.8%

Romanian

1.8%

Amharic

1.8%

Mandarin

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Croatian

1.8%

Hmong

1.8%
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Security Engineer Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.4%

George Mason University

12.1%

University of Maryland - University College

10.2%

Strayer University

8.9%

Capella University

6.9%

Pennsylvania State University

5.2%

Colorado Technical University

4.6%

George Washington University

4.3%

Western Governors University

4.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.9%

Capital College

3.6%

Northern Virginia Community College

3.3%

Webster University

3.0%

Johns Hopkins University

2.6%

Bellevue University

2.6%

Regis University

2.3%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

2.3%

Old Dominion University

2.3%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.3%

West Virginia University

2.0%
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Majors

Computer Science

16.7%

Information Technology

11.8%

Business

11.1%

Computer Information Systems

11.0%

Computer Systems Security

9.9%

Electrical Engineering

7.4%

Criminal Justice

4.9%

Computer Networking

4.5%

Computer Engineering

3.9%

Management

2.8%

Information Systems

2.8%

Management Information Systems

2.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.1%

Finance

1.5%

Mathematics

1.5%

Project Management

1.4%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.4%

Engineering

1.0%

Systems Engineering

0.9%

Psychology

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.0%

Masters

27.9%

Other

16.5%

Associate

8.7%

Certificate

2.7%

Doctorate

2.2%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.1%
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Real Security Engineer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Product Security Engineer Synchronoss Technologies, Inc. Bridgewater, NJ Nov 28, 2016 $250,000
Application Security Engineer Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 15, 2016 $200,000
Principal Security Engineer Vidscale, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Sep 21, 2016 $200,000
Application Security Engineer Palantir Technologies Inc. Palo Alto, CA Jan 08, 2016 $200,000
Lead Security Engineer Mongodb, Inc. New York, NY Nov 19, 2015 $200,000
Principal Security Engineer Twilio Inc. Mountain View, CA Jan 06, 2016 $190,000
Lead Security Engineer Betterment Holdings, Inc. New York, NY Nov 21, 2016 $190,000
Security Engineer Facebook, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Jun 12, 2015 $188,095
Security Engineer III Amazon Web Services, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 28, 2016 $185,000
Security Engineer Facebook, Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 11, 2016 $175,000
Security Engineer Addepar, Inc. Mountain View, CA Apr 11, 2016 $175,000
Security Engineer (Software Systems) Avira, Inc. Burlingame, CA Jan 06, 2015 $170,000 -
$190,000
Security Engineer Square Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 07, 2016 $170,000
Security Engineer Google Inc. Mountain View, CA May 01, 2016 $170,000
Security Engineer/Consultant Trustwave Holdings Inc. Campbell, CA Jan 10, 2015 $126,000
Security Engineer Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 25, 2016 $126,000
Security Engineer Securicon, LLC Alexandria, VA Jan 10, 2016 $126,000
Security Engineer/Consultant Trustwave Holdings Inc. Campbell, CA Oct 01, 2015 $126,000
Security Engineer II Amazon Web Services, Inc. Seattle, WA Jul 13, 2015 $126,000
Application Security Engineer Blackline Systems, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 24, 2015 $125,000
Product Security Engineer Salesforce.Com San Francisco, CA Mar 17, 2015 $125,000
Security Engineer Scriptrock, Inc. Mountain View, CA Sep 17, 2015 $125,000
Mobile Security Engineer Venafi, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Feb 26, 2016 $105,000 -
$165,000
Security Engineer Anchorfree, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Oct 01, 2015 $105,000
IDM Security Engineer-Lead Consultant Band D Allstate Insurance Company Northbrook, IL May 11, 2015 $105,000
Security Engineer Alchemy Security, LLC Denver, CO Nov 07, 2016 $105,000
Security Engineer Citrix Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 11, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000
Web Security Engineer The TJX Companies, Inc. Framingham, MA Mar 30, 2015 $105,000
Security Engineer Alchemy Security, LLC Denver, CO Jul 11, 2016 $105,000
Security Engineer Citrix Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 07, 2016 $105,000 -
$115,000

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Top Skills for A Security Engineer

FirewallRulesVulnerabilityAssessmentComplianceProceduresInfrastructureWebSecurityPoliciesWindowsServerArchitectureDisaAssuranceVPNInformationSecurityIds/IpsAuditLinuxNetworkSecuritySystemSecurityCheckpointIncidentResponse

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Top Security Engineer Skills

  1. Firewall Rules
  2. Vulnerability Assessment
  3. Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Enable firewall rules to sustain communication between the Tripwire console and the Tripwire agent.
  • Performed and analyzed Penetration Tests and network vulnerability assessments.
  • Reviewed current firewall rule policies to determine appropriate risk level and ensure compliance with company policies.
  • Trained and mentored incoming engineers in security and firewall management procedures.
  • Collaborated with other systems architects to design and develop infrastructure solutions.

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