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Last Updated December 10, 2018

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What Does a Security Engineer Do?

Security Engineers provide expertise around the systems and processes needed to maintain the security of information. Their work serves to protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of an organization’s systems and application data. They integrate themselves into the organization and determine security requirements, plan/implement/test security systems, and establish best practices across the organization.

Key Traits of a Security Engineer


A Security Engineer must be perceptive and know what to protect. They must be able to understand how a threat might try to exploit vulnerabilities.


Security Engineers must possess both technical skill and the ability to communicate security threats to non-technical stakeholders

Attentive to Detail

With external threats evolving quickly, Security Engineers must be able to work quickly and with attention to detail, making sure not to further compromise company systems.


Security threats are constantly changing. Resiliency and curiosity are required to identify threats before they become a reality.

Day-to-Day Expectations and Responsibilities

Build and maintain the automated systems that test for front- and back-end security vulnerabilities

Develop and evangelize security best practices across the organization

Implement physical protection mechanisms such as firewalls and VPN tunnels

Configure monitoring for key systems daily to verify the integrity and availability of all hardware, server resources, and critical processes

Review system and application logs, verifying completion of critical scheduled jobs such as backups.

Repair and recover from hardware or software failures, coordinating and communicating with impacted teams.

Security Engineer Officer Target Skill Set

Technical Skill Set:
  • Data encryption and key management
  • Cloud-native and cloud authentication mechanisms
  • Cloud governance tools
  • Firewall tools
  • Networking hardware and software tools
  • Identity, security, and access management tools
  • Application security, data protection, and cryptography
Non-Technical Skill Set:
  • Critical thinking and problem solving capabilities
  • Ability to communicate and listen to needs from organizational stakeholders
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Starter Training Plan for Security Engineers

The following Cloud Academy starter Training Plans prepare professionals to become Security Engineers

Industry Certification(s) for Security Engineers

The following industry certifications are popular among Security Engineers:

  • Amazon Web Services

AWS Certified Security - Specialty

The AWS Certified Security Specialty allows experienced cloud security professionals to demonstrate and validate their knowledge of how to secure the AWS platform. (Source: AWS)

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John Visneski
What separates us is our operational mindset. No matter what we are trying to develop, my team must focus on effectiveness, efficiency, and security. You’ll notice that in that list, security comes third and that’s because we view ourselves as problem solvers first. Our goal at the end of the day is to integrate security into the equation -- not force ourselves into the conversation after the fact.

- John Visneski

Head of Security at Pokémon

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