Cybersecurity engineer job description

Introduction

We often hear about cybersecurity engineer roles and how desirable it is to work as one, but what does the position actually entail? What are the job responsibilities and functions that cybersecurity engineer candidates need to be able to fulfill? Adding to the confusion is the fact that some employers interchange the names of roles such as cybersecurity engineer, information security engineer and information security analyst.

To explain things in a more simple and direct way, we’ve taken a look at many company requests for cybersecurity engineers. We’ve gone through the data and synthesized the most common characteristics and traits that an individual normally possesses in such a role. All of the basics are laid out, as well as the education and certification requirements that are necessary to land such a job. Let’s take a look.

Cybersecurity engineer: Basic job description

Cybersecurity engineers are the gatekeepers of information within an organization, responsible for the protection and security of the systems that store this data. They are in charge of the network and systems in a security capacity. They execute and plan security measures accordingly. Cybersecurity engineers help to keep attackers at bay by implementing safeguards that prevent intrusions and breaches. Cybersecurity engineers don’t work in isolation, though, and they are widely seen as being an extension of the IT department.

Some basic responsibilities that they must therefore take on are:

  • Cybersecurity planning and policy creation: Cybersecurity engineers play a large role in establishing and planning information security policies. They are able to contribute to and develop cybersecurity strategies that are in line with best practices, which makes the organization more secure and less likely to fall victim to a cybersecurity event such as a breach or intrusion
  • Protective measures: Cybersecurity engineers are able to implement protective measures through firewalls, (Read more...)

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