Trending Technology Skills for Security Engineers
Last Updated February 17, 2019
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
Starter Training Plan for Security Engineers
The following Cloud Academy starter Training Plans prepare professionals to become Security Engineers
Amazon Web Services
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Industry Certification(s) for Security Engineers
The following industry certifications are popular among Security Engineers:
Microsoft AZ-101 Exam: Microsoft Azure Integration and Security
Candidates for this exam are Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities. Candidates have a deep understanding of each service across the full IT lifecycle, and take requests for infrastructure services, applications, and environments. (Source: Microsoft)View Certification >
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