Data security is one of today’s most pressing IT issues. The consequences of a data breach, combined with new regulations mandating data security, compel all types of organizations to start taking serious steps to safeguard their digital information.
That responsibility often falls to a system security engineer, a job that CNN Money recently ranked number 17 on a list of the best jobs in America. If you have a passion for technology, the intellect to understand complex systems, and the tenacity to fight back against sophisticated hackers, this might be the ideal career path for you.
Responsibilities of a System Security Engineer
- Design, implement and maintain security systems to protect computer systems, networks and information.
- Creates and updates lists of security requirements.
- Prepare, document and implement standard operating procedures and protocols.
- Troubleshoot security infrastructure devices when problems arise.
- Develop solutions and tools to mitigate security vulnerabilities and automate repeatable tasks.
- Keep organizational stakeholders informed about security threat and best practices.
- Draft reports to improve systems security based on assessment-based findings.
Requirements to be a System Security Engineer
- BS degree in Computer Science or related field.
- Experience building and maintaining security systems.
- Experience with firewalls, intrusion detection systems, anti-virus software, authentication systems, log management and content filtering.
- Expert knowledge of the latest security principles, techniques and protocols.
- Strong ability to work under pressure.
Job Outlook for System Security Engineers
Now is a great time to get into this field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that computer systems analysts, an employment category that includes system security engineers, will grow 25% faster than other categories in coming years. They anticipate that 127,700 jobs will be added by 2012.The average salary of a system security engineer in Washington D.C. in 2014 was $111,000, significantly higher than similar positions in other parts of the country.
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