By DeVry University
April 13, 2023
6 min read
April 13, 2023
6 min read
A cyber security engineer is an IT professional who is dedicated to designing and implementing various security measures to keep computer networks and data systems secure.
In this article, we’ll give an overview of the cyber security engineer’s role and provide details regarding the tasks, responsibilities and required skills for this essential computer science career. We will also take a close look at the education requirements, industry-recognized certifications and projected job growth for this occupation.
Penetration testing: To test computer networks, application and data systems for vulnerabilities, cyber security engineers may take on the role of an ethical hacker using the same techniques that a malicious hacker might use to try to gain access to the system.
Network maintenance: A cyber security engineer may handle the installation, testing and configuration of networks.
IT system security: Installing and configuring security devices along with developing network security protocols may also be part of the job for a cybersecurity engineer.
Problem solving: Like engineers in many other industries, cyber security engineers are troubleshooters. They identify problems before or after they occur and implement solutions that prevent them from happening again.
Technical skills: Knowledge of coding languages, intrusion detection, operating systems, security planning and auditing, ethical hacking and other security, programming and diagnostic tools may be required for this career.
Math skills: Professionals in this field use a number of math-related tools and concepts to devise cyber security solutions.
Analytical abilities: Particularly in the investigation of cyber security incidents, cyber security engineers use analytical skills to evaluate risk, gather data, conduct security audits and assess information to make critical decisions affecting network security.
Innovative thinking: The ability to think outside the box can enable engineers in this profession to look at problems in unique ways, developing unconventional approaches to achieve beneficial outcomes.
Teamwork: Skills like active listening, empathy, time management and communication help improve the efficiency and productivity of a team. Cyber security engineers use these skills daily as they interact with team members and collaborate with other departments to solve problems or achieve goals.
CompTIA Network+ verifies the skills needed to establish, maintain and troubleshoot the essential information networks.
CompTIA PenTest+ validates the skills of cyber security professionals who are responsible for penetration testing, also known as ethical hacking, and data system vulnerability management.
CompTIA Security+ is chosen by more corporations and defense organizations than any other available certification to validate baseline skills and fulfill DoD 8570 compliance and, according to CompTIA, is the first security certification candidates for cyber security roles should learn.
Certified Ethical Hacker is a structured, professional course and exam administered by the EC-Council for aspiring penetration testers.
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) verifies the advanced-level skills of security architects and senior security engineers who lead enterprise cyber security readiness.
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