How To Become a Security Engineer

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A sub-discipline of computer programming, security engineering covers various subjects such as secure access sites, online banking and Internet copyright protection. Although most people working as security engineers may not be trained as computer specialists or engineers, they do possess problem-solving abilities and knowledge of computers. If you are looking to become a security engineer, here is how: 

Job description

  • Responsible for design, development and implementation of IT security solutions for application, network and systems.
  • Identify security risks proactively, including business processes or IT technical implementations.
  • Manage penetration testing, security assessments and audits, investigative IT and incident management.
  • Manage and coordinate security issues such as detecting intrusions, timely incident responses and issuing security notices and updates.
  • Work with software development teams to define security guidelines and objectives
  • Actively participant in security implementation projects.


  1. Degree/Diploma in Computer Science or equivalent along with at least 3 years of relevant security solution/implementation experience;
  2. CISA, CISSP certification (preferable);
  3. Intrusion and firewall detection management experience;
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with good command over English (written and spoken);
  5. Positive attitude, self-motivated, team player and excellent customer service skills.


  1. Complete a computer work-related degree, majoring in encryption and website development as well as instruction in different operating systems.
  2. Check out part time job openings within the information technology departments in the local newspapers or even at your college or university. Most colleges hire students to manage their help-desk or with their website content development team! You may also want to check out for a part time role at the school e-mail server as this often deals with data and security encryption.
  3. Look for internships within the network department of a financial institution, banks employ security engineers to help monitor and set up online transactions. In order to work directly with security management, you could also intern at a state or regional branch.
  4. It’s always good to start your own security business! With the worldwide market at your fingertips, you can run this kind of business from anywhere you live.
  5. Upgrade existing skills; get a master’s or doctorate degree. Many universities worldwide offer advanced degree programs related to security engineering. This can often land you jobs with the various departments and branches of the government.


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