Security engineers are responsible for developing effective computing solutions to increase the security of their company's systems and projects. They are in charge of creating new ways to solve existing production security issues and must possess an advanced understanding of intrusion detection and prevention protocols. One of their main responsibilities is to handle technical problems dealing with applications and production equipment. These individuals possess exceptional incident-response skills, and a high understanding of computer forensics. They assess current workflows to determine possible future issues. As a result, they work with other engineers and professionals to deploy new strategies to contain and mitigate production problems.
Security engineers must have strong communications skills and be able to work efficiently in a team setting. Moreover, security engineers are results oriented and should be able to work adequately under pressure. In addition, they should also possess problem-solving abilities and be able to work independently. Their mathematical abilities can be very useful when solving complex issues. They should also have strong knowledge of common computer languages and operating systems.
Most of the time security engineers work on keeping logs and performing regular security checks to find new vulnerabilities. They develop automation scripts to handle and track incidents. They are excellent at multitasking and report their progress to the security chief or manager in their department. They work in an office setting during regular business hours, but they may work overtime as needed.
A bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, or related field is needed for this position. Additionally, several years of work experience in a similar position and industry security certifications can be helpful.
Security Engineer Tasks
- Create test plans which will allow for a proper evaluation of security issues for new hardware and software.
- Identify security solutions and implement a multi-layered defense to protect the networks.
- Test new or upgraded hardware and software and implement new technologies.
- Configure and set up firewalls and intrusion detection systems.
- Respond to network intrusions and be familiar with performing forensic investigation.