An information assurance engineer will oversee the storing and processing of information within a company to make sure that it is secure. The engineer may provide consulting services to various companies or may work directly for one company. The engineer should also be able to detect any potential risks that are present, in order to minimize potential data breaches. Period risk assessments should be carried out by the engineer. This will involve looking over data practices and data logs and detecting any irregularities or hazards that might exist.
Systems may be implemented by the information assurance engineer, in order to safeguard information within the company. It is important to keep up to date with any developments in the field, in order to protect the company’s data against new threats using the best technology possible. When security events are detected, the engineer should figure out what went wrong and how to remedy the situation, and he or she should try to prevent a similar situation from happening in the future. Laws relating to the transmission of information should be paid attention to, and it may be a part of the job for the assurance engineer to make sure that involved parties have obtained necessary certification and accreditation. It is also important to make sure that employees are adhering to various company policies.
Training may be provided by the engineer to employees so that they can better guard the integrity of their information. Therefore, strong public speaking skills will be useful. A bachelor’s degree in a subject such as computer science, computer engineering, or information assurance is needed.
Information Assurance Engineer Tasks
Analyze networks to identify vulnerabilities and reduce breaches.
Develop and implement scanning and certification plans for network control and maintenance.
Document existing and proposed information architecture to convey compliance, problems, and solutions.
Resolve incidents and breaches, mitigating problems, and informing key personnel.