Information Security Engineer

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Information Security Engineer

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 Systems Security Engineer is expected to report directly to upper management.

The security engineer should work in collaboration with the information security team to offer support to security tools and technologies such as firewall, proxy server, remote access, and others. The professional must document the configurations and network designs to help in the effective execution. It is the Information Security Engineer who conducts log analysis and other network forensic investigations. They provide full cooperation to the appropriate teams for participating in cyber investigations.

The Information Security Engineer will research and investigate the potential impact of new threats and exploits. The engineer will guide the Information Security team in examining and developing networks security solutions. They provide advice on vulnerabilities or potential vulnerabilities within architecture. The professional will analyze any security-related data from a wide range of security products and devices. The Information Security Engineer creates security tools and processes for scanning, testing, monitoring, and reporting.

The Engineer will design and implement enhanced detention technologies. They organize security research and document the findings for the future perusal by a senior engineer and security architects. The Information Security Engineer conducts risk analysis and offers suggestions for remediation or mitigation. It is the duty of the Information Security Engineer to identify, design and execute on security projects that improve detection and response capabilities. The professional work in coordination application and infrastructure teams to design applications to protect against attackers.

The Information Security Engineer takes care of the infrastructure, network and supporting software related to the infrastructure. The professionals collect threat intelligence and automate systems to consume threat feeds and track adversaries. The professionals should have prior experience in handling physical security reviews and dealing with different groups of technical personnel. They have to locate and resolve complex control scenarios. The engineer must be able to handle risks associated with global operations, offshoring, or outsourcing.

Job Description

The primary goal of the Information Security Engineer is to handle the computer systems and networks. The engineer will identify, investigate, and respond to information security alerts. They play an active role in searching through data-sets to detect any threats and anomalies. The professional will administer the indicators and metrics that will assist in maintaining the effectiveness of security processes and controls.

The engineer must take care of Information Security Systems such as various endpoints, network logging, monitoring, and preventive systems. They should be updated with broad range advanced tools, systems, and techniques that will come handy in crises. The Information Security Engineer must focus on continuous improvement of response capabilities through automation and critical thinking. The professional is responsible for scrutinizing malware, targeted attacks, and intrusion detection.

The Information Security Engineer must be able to dissect network, host, memory and other artifacts that are originating from multiple operating systems and applications. The engineers will perform enterprise-wide operations to identify any undetected threats. It is the responsibility of the security engineer to develop alerting and detection strategies to look into any unusual behavior. They must develop new defensive techniques to recognize any changes in adversary techniques and tactics.

The security professional must be involved in incident response and investigations. The Information Security Engineer has to suggest tools and techniques to achieve security goals. The Engineer has to record the process related to gathering and maturing Threat Intelligence. They have to share the market security practices and solutions with the team.

The security engineer will resolve any issues related to network perimeter and security infrastructure devices. They have to take care of the Windows and Unix security vulnerability assessments. It is the Information Security Engineer who must integrate security controls into new systems and applications. The professionals have to come up with maintenance plans for information security devices. 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)

Salary & Job Outlook

According to Dice.com, the Information Security Engineer salary is, on average, ranges from $77,000 to $102,000 per year. The ZipRecruiter states that for this position the professionals earns about $112,387 per year in the United States. As per Glassdoor, the national average salary for an Information Security Engineer is $1,17,558 in the United States.

Career Opportunities

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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