Security Engineer job description guide

Faced with an ever-increasing cyber-security threat, organisations need to maintain a vigilant approach to protect their systems and data, and Security Engineers play a key role in this process. Security Engineers can be responsible for a number of functions associated with IT security - from ensuring the security of software, through to selecting and/or constructing and deploying broader network security systems.

Security Engineer duties and responsibilities of the job

A Security Engineer performs analyses of system security needs and contributes to design, integration, and installation of hardware and software. A Security Engineer job description should include an understanding of complex technical issues and experience managing them within a fast-paced business environment. They must also be able to:

  • Identify and define system security requirements
  • Maintaining all the software and hardware in relation to security
  • Documenting security certification
  • Identifying current and emerging technology issues including security trends, vulnerabilities and threats intelligence
  • Sourcing and implementing new security solutions to better protect the organisation
  • Conducting proactive research to analyse security weaknesses and recommend appropriate strategies
  • Liaising with vendors to implement security solutions

Security Engineer job qualifications and requirements

Holding an IT-related degree and a technical background is essential for a Security Engineer role. As well as formal qualifications, a Security Engineer job description should include the following background:

  • Expertise across a variety of security products including firewalls, URL filtering, information security and virus protection
  • The commercial acumen to provide cost-effective security solutions
  • An enthusiasm for staying up to date with the very latest updates about security threats and solutions
  • Previous exposure to Linux and/or Windows Operating Systems, coding languages, and/or Networks
  • Certificates in CCNA/ CCNP, JNCIE/ JNCIP is an advantage
  • Security Certificates in CISM, CISA, CISSP, ISO27000 / 27001 is an advantage

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