Information Security Engineer

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The Information Security Engineer is responsible for the security of an organization’s computer systems and networks. Also known as an Information Security Analyst, the engineer implements security measures that effectively safeguard sensitive data in the event of a cyber-attack. The role is highly collaborative, involving frequent interaction with various members of the IT team. The Information Security Engineer is expected to report directly to upper management.

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Information Security Engineer Job Description

The primary goal of the Information Security Engineer is to handle the computer systems and networks. Apart from these, there are additional tasks that they perform are the core responsibilities of their job.

Develop Information Security Policies and Plans

The Information Security Engineer will develop an extensive security strategy for an organization. It involves making well-researched security enhancement suggestions to management and introducing security standards that protect the organization from possible security breaches.  To ensure the effective implementation of these security standards, the engineer must provide training on information security best practices to all company employees.

Administer Protections

Through the installation of firewalls and data encryption programs, the Information Security Engineer safeguards the organization from involuntarily disclosing sensitive information. The engineer should also educate the organization’s computer users on the utilization of security procedures and products.

Examine Vulnerabilities

The Engineer must conduct various networks security scans to detect cybersecurity threats. To identify weaknesses that may be exploited by malicious parties, Information Security Engineers perform penetration testing, which simulates the methodologies used by cybersecurity threats.

Keep Track of Security Breaches

The Information Security Engineer should identify irregular system behavior and installing software that keeps track of suspected security breaches.

Inspect Security Breaches

If a security breach occurs, the engineer is responsible for playing an active role in minimizing the negative impact of such an intrusion. The engineer must conduct an in-depth technical investigation on how the breach occurred to gain an understanding of the extent of the damage. A timely report of the security breach investigation must be submitted to upper-management.

Educational Qualifications

The desired candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology or another related field. The individual must also have expert-knowledge of cybersecurity and related subjects.

Useful Certifications

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

Information Security Engineer Salary & Job Outlook

According to Dice.com, the Information Security Engineer salary is, on average, between $77,000 to $102,000 per year. Due to the rise of cyber-attacks in recent years, organizations have become increasingly dependent on the expertise of Information Security Engineers. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) proves that there will be an 18 percent growth in Information Security Engineer jobs.

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