How to Hire a Security Engineer

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How To Write The Perfect Security Engineer Job Description

What you write in your Security Engineer job description gives potential candidates the first impression of your business. If you want to attract the best talent, you need to ensure that you have the right information regarding the required qualifications and experience. We have included all you need to know about the role of a Security Engineer and descriptions of what you could include in your job posting.

The Role of a Security Engineer

A Security Engineer will develop, operate, and then maintain the IT security system for a company. They will identify any weaknesses in a system and analyze both the software and hardware for potential security threats.  Their role is essential so that companies don’t face disruptions and possible losses from cyberattacks and so will regularly test IT systems and look for ways to enhance the overall performance of the system. They will report back to management and offer advice regarding IT industry policies. Security Engineers have a high level of expertise in networking and protocols.

The Responsibilities of a Security Engineer

Aside from monitoring the IT security infrastructure and testing for vulnerabilities, a security engineer has to have a plan in place for any possible security incidence. As well as communicating with senior employees, they might be responsible for training other staff members in the best practices for IT security. The following guide is a summary of the responsibilities a Security Engineer may have:

  • Create, implement, and monitor IT systems so that data and networks are secure.
  • Design a complete cybersecurity architecture and security strategy.
  • Outline the requirements of the security system and report them back to management.
  • Maintain the security systems in place with both hardware and software.
  • Develop and/or install software that can identify security breaches.
  • Identify any irregular behaviors within the system and have measures in place to prevent them.
  • Keep all IT systems updated regularly.
  • Provide training to staff members on the best ways to maintain secure IT systems.

Typical Security Engineer Qualifications

Most companies will require that the candidate has a bachelor’s degree in computer science or a related field such as cybersecurity. They may also have certifications in CCNP Security, GIAC, and one of the Microsoft Security certifications.

Experience a Security Engineer Should Have

For junior positions, 1 to 3 years may be required. For senior roles, this could be anywhere from 5 to 10 years. Other experience can include:

  • Experience in creating, implementing, operating, and maintaining IT infrastructures.
  • In-depth knowledge of operating systems and database security.
  • Experience in anti-virus applications, firewalls, content filtering, authentication systems, and intrusion detection.
  • Expertise in networking technologies, network security, and network monitoring
  • Knowledge of web-based protocols and frameworks
  • Proficiency in encryption technologies, application security, virtualization technologies, and secure coding.
  • Experience with Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and gateway anti-malware.

There are also a number of soft skills that a good Security Engineer should have. They must be excellent communicators, especially when it comes to explaining technical terms to non-technical staff members. This will also help them to be able to work as part of a team. A Security Engineer must have the ability to solve complex problems and be keen learners so that they can keep up with all of the latest IT security solutions. Senior Security Engineers will need to be able to prove their leadership skills.

The Average Salary of a Security Engineer

This will very much depend on the location and seniority. It may also vary from contract to contract, for example, employed or contracted. The average annual salary for a Security Engineer is $105,934.