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Want to feel like you’re defending a castle? A career as a cybersecurity engineer could be for you! It’s one of those essential roles that keeps things running smoothly. As the digital world keeps growing, information security is number one, and it’s especially true for companies and organizations. Cybersecurity engineer careers are always evolving to keep up with the hackers and cybercriminals who continuously find new ways to infiltrate systems and steal private information. Cybersecurity engineers protect systems from unauthorized access.
What Is a Cybersecurity Engineer?
Cybersecurity engineers work to build and maintain a system that’s safe against cyberattacks. They focus on fixing and protecting these systems and stay up to date on new technology so they can keep their system secure. Cybersecurity engineers work closely with a company’s IT team to build an emergency plan to get things up and running quickly following a disaster.
Some responsibilities of a cybersecurity engineer include:
- Creating new solutions to solve existing security issues
- Enhancing security capabilities by evaluating new technologies and processes
- Defining, implementing and maintaining corporate security policies
- Configuring and installing firewalls and intrusion detection systems
- Responding to information security issues
- Supervising changes in software, hardware, facilities, telecommunications and user needs
- Recommending modifications in legal, technical and regulatory areas that affect IT security
How To Become a Cybersecurity Engineer
Cybersecurity engineers work on the front line of information assurance, performing the nitty-gritty, detail-oriented tasks for companies and government organizations around the world. Their education, skills and training are the only things that stand between us and future attacks. The mass responsibility they carry for engineering systems puts them at the top of the hierarchy in cybersecurity teams and has made having a graduate degree almost standard for IT jobs that involve security engineering. Many of the skills for a career as a cybersecurity engineer can be validated with CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+), CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Linux+ These show that someone has the necessary skills to work in a cybersecurity position where good judgment, high-level troubleshooting and safe systems are important.
CompTIA Security+ covers skills used by security engineers, including security architecture skills. For example, engineers often compare and contrast security implications of different architecture models to choose the best one. They also apply security principles to secure enterprise infrastructure and ensure resilience and recovery in security architecture, including backups, disaster recovery and business continuity.
In addition to certifications, CompTIA offers a full suite of training products to help you learn the technical and professional skills necessary to become a cybersecurity engineer. Check out the CompTIA Career Roadmap to see what other certifications can help you land this role.
- CertMaster Learn: Learn at your pace with interactive lessons and videos
- CertMaster Labs: Get hands-on practice using real software applications
- CertMaster Practice: Test your knowledge and find out if you’re ready for the exam
- The Official CompTIA Study Guide: Learn and review exam objectives with our comprehensive textbook
According to CyberSeek.org, the average advertised salary for a cybersecurity engineer is $127,094 as of April 2023.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) for Cybersecurity Engineers
- Intrusion detection system, intrusion prevention system, penetration and vulnerability testing
- Firewall and intrusion detection/prevention protocols
- Secure coding practices, ethical hacking and threat modeling
- Windows, UNIX and Linux operating systems
- Virtualization technologies
- MySQL/MSSQL database platforms
- Identity and access management principles
- Application security and encryption technologies
- Secure network architectures
- Subnetting, domain name server (DNS), encryption technologies and standards, virtual private networks (VPNs), virtual LANs (VLANs), voice over IP (VoIP) and other network routing methods
- Network and web-related protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, user datagram protocol (UDP), IP security (IPSec), HTTP, HTTPS, routing protocols, etc.)
- Advanced persistent threats (APT), phishing and social engineering, network access controllers (NAC), gateway anti-malware and enhanced authentication
Job Titles Related to Cybersecurity Engineer
- Security engineer
- Data security engineer
- Network security engineer
- Information assurance(IA)/IT security engineer
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