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July 13, 2018
Interview Guide: Cyber Security Engineer
July 13, 2018
Locking Down the Job: Your Cyber Security Engineer Interview GuideCompanies are looking for skilled cyber security professionals. The challenge? These experts are getting harder and harder to find. As noted by data from NC Tech, there are now more than 740,000 open IT jobs across the United States and CSO Online reports that the cyber security skills gap is getting worse: This year, 51 percent of companies surveyed said their organization “had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.”The result? Businesses are willing to pay for the right candidates; cyber security engineers can expect a median salary of more than $94,000 with the potential to earn over $130,000. But it’s one thing to want a job in cyber security and another to ace the interview and lock down the position. Here’s your guide to pre-interview prep and common interview questions.Getting ReadyThe first step in landing that cyber security engineer position? Make sure you know what you’re applying for. While this job is like others in the field — such as cyber security analyst or network engineer — there are critical differences. Unlike their network counterparts, security engineers focus on creating IT security environments which help protect network assets. And unlike their analyst brethren whose job it is to find weak points in security frameworks, cyber security engineers focus on repairing these weak points and reinforcing overall defense.Learn how to become a cyber security engineer >>Worth noting? Given the shortage of talent, many companies are adopting new recruitment policies which put real-world experience and personal skills above typical degrees and certifications. But here’s the caveat: If you’re interested in cyber security, chances are you’re already interested in problem-solving, thinking outside the box and have taken the time to find practical experience. By gaining popular certifications such as CASE, CISSP, Security+ and CEH you can boost the impact of your soft skills with recognized, accredited training. The result? You stand out from the crowd.Owning the InterviewCyber security is a broad topic that’s constantly evolving — so what kind of questions should you expect when you sit down for the interview?
- Talk about your home network
- Define threat, vulnerability, and risk
- Have you handled a breach?
- Tell me about social engineering — form and impact
- Describe some basic tests for injection and querying attacks on an SQL server
- You need more funding. The C-suite is resistant. How do you convince them?