Security Engineer Job, Certification and Salary


To all those who want to become a security engineer, here’s an article that helps in guiding you to reach your goal.

First, a security engineer is a software professional who helps in drafting & developing strategies, software and hardware systems to protect against cyber attacks.

Briefly speaking, he/she needs to be a well-versed guy on what systems need attention and what type of attacks can be expected to strike them.

As companies- big & small are realizing the importance of cybersecurity, they are ready to spend thousands of dollars to recruit a well-experienced security engineer.

So, what usually do these companies look out for in a professional for security engineer experience and certification.

Well, a security engineer needs to have a bachelor or engineering degree in computer science and or relevant subjects with a basic educational background. Some undergraduate cybersecurity degrees from reputed schools also make sense while applying for a designation.

Having a security engineer certification such as ComTia Security+, EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Security, GIAC’s Penetration Tester(GPEN), IACRB Certified Penetration Tester(CPT), ISACA’s Certified Information Security Manager(CISM), ISACA’s Certified Information Security Auditor(CISA), ISC Certified Information Systems Security Professional(CISSP), ISC Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) will help in fetching a top position in a multinational company, after which you can also be eligible for a CTO or a CIO post.

So, what does a security engineer do…?

They are n number of things that you need to know, do and analyze in the designation. As you need to have knowledge about network equipment, anti malware solutions, threat monitoring solutions, pen testing skills, ability to design, develop, test and deploy security related systems in a corporate network, knowledge on disaster recovery, data continuity and computer forensics technologies, cloud security knowledge on AWS, Azure and Google Cloud, Automation of all security tools, information about endpoint security solutions, help plan an efficient cyber security strategy, lead an incident response strategy, analyzing vulnerabilities and fixing them.

What are the questions do the security engineer face in an interview

You can google a bit to know about the security engineer questions that are asked in interviews and prepare well before the big day. Let the interviewer know how you think, approach the problem and the knowledge you have in solving it and that is enough to make them believe you are a problem solver for sure and so it makes sense in hiring you.

Security Engineer Salary

The salary of the security engineer might vary based on the company that hires you and the job you need to accomplish. Normally it is between $109,640 to $198,000 and the hiring figure differs from state to state and, of course, company to company.

All the best!

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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