Information assurance engineers are tasked with maintaining a company's databases and ensuring integrity among systems that the company uses and operates. Maintaining their integrity and security involves analyzing networks to identify vulnerabilities, reducing breaches to the network, resolving past incidents and making sure that key personnel know and understand issues. In maintaining the network, the information assurance engineer documents existing and potential information architecture, and identifies and troubleshoots problems and compliance issues.
A bachelor's degree in communications, computer science, engineering or information assurance is generally the base educational requirement to work as an information assurance engineer. Some employers look for three to fifteen years' experience in a related field depending on the size of the company. A master's degree is frequently required in information assurance.
Information assurance engineers are almost always required to have industry certifications, such as the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certificate and the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). They also frequently require either non-disclosure agreements to protect proprietary information or even top secret government security clearances for some federal contractors. Continuing education and knowledge of up-to-date industry best practices and new technology is a key requirement, as the technology evolves constantly.
Information assurance engineers generally work on-site in companies' offices. They usually work with other IT professionals and they tend to work a standard 9-to-5 schedule, but may be on call at other times should significant breaches or incidents occur with the network. Information assurance engineers can be entry-level professionals all the way to executives, depending on education, experience, and past performance. Companies that hire information assurance engineers are companies that have significant proprietary information concerns, networks and contractors. Almost any company with an internal intranet or secret information can find the skill set provided by an information assurance engineers to be very useful.
Information Assurance Engineer Tasks
- Document existing and proposed information architecture to convey compliance, problems, and solutions.
- Resolve incidents and breaches, mitigating problems, and informing key personnel.
- Analyze networks to identify vulnerabilities and reduce breaches.
- Develop and implement scanning and certification plans for network control and maintenance.