Cybersecurity Engineer Training, Certification Prep & Courses

In this career path, you will learn what it takes to become a Security Engineer, a role in the highest demand with 57,000+ job openings according to Learn to resolve production security issues, configure and manage firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS), investigate incidents, perform forensics and run incident responses. Cybrary offers practical, virtual lab environments specific to Cyber Security Engineering that will help you gain real-world, hands-on skills with the industry’s latest tools and technologies.


What Are Some Cyber Security Engineer Roles and Responsibilities?

Cybersecurity engineers’ primary responsibility is to protect the computer systems and networks of an organization from threats and attacks. To achieve that goal, there are many tasks and duties that cyber security engineers must perform. The following are the most common functions for which cyber security engineers are responsible:

  • Development of a set of security practices and standards
  • Creating new, more efficient, ways to resolve current security issues
  • Making recommendations to management regarding security enhancements and improvements
  • Performing penetration testing
  • Monitoring systems and networks for intrusions or security breaches
  • Conducting network scans to identify weaknesses or vulnerabilities
  • Installation of software, including data encryption programs and firewalls
  • Installation or processing of security products and procedures
  • Installation of appropriate software to improve notifications of intrusions
  • Development of automation scripts to manage and track incidents
  • Monitoring systems to identify irregular behavior
  • Leading incident response efforts
  • Leading investigations into breaches that occur
  • Supervising and providing feedback for changes in hardware, software, and user needs
  • Reporting findings and feedback to management
  • Planning and implementing information security strategies for an organization
  • Training or educating network users on information security
  • Recommending improvements in technical, legal, and regulatory areas as they pertain to information security
  • What Are Some Cyber Security Engineer Job Requirements?

    Employers typically want cyber security engineer candidates to possess a bachelor’s degree in computer science or another related field, and at least three years of experience in identifying threats and developing effective protection countermeasures.

    Additionally, as a cyber security engineer, most employers will expect you to have the following:

  • Understanding of cyber security methodologies
  • The ability to evaluate system changes for security implications and the knowledge to make recommendations for improvements
  • Knowledge of current cyber security trends, as well as the continued research of emerging trends and hacking techniques
  • Proficiency in Java, Python Net, C++, bash, and power shell
  • Networking experience with the TCP/IP stack (may not be a requirement, but is often preferred)
  • Solid understanding of the OSI model and renowned ports and services (may not be a requirement, but is often preferred)
  • The ability to work well with others, including collaboration and communication with other departments
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to work under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Every organization offers a unique role, so depending on the complexity of its networks and systems and the company’s goals, you may have additional responsibilities.

    What is a Typical Cyber Security Engineer Job Description?

    As a cyber security engineer, you will be responsible for protecting an organization’s networks and systems against threats from adversaries in cyberspace. Cyber security engineers’ functions include performing assessments and penetration testing, development and implementation of secure network solutions, architecting, engineering trusted systems into secure systems, and managing audit/intrusion and security technology systems.

    Cyber security engineers must be able to troubleshoot, identify unauthorized access, and offer solutions regarding an organization’s system and network as it relates to cyber security. When in this position, you will perform the very detailed work at the forefront of information protection efforts for the organization. It is your training, skills, experience, and education that stand between the organization for which you work and threats and breaches, like unauthorized access to data and information or intrusion into your organization’s systems.

    Cyber security engineers may also be known as IT security engineer, application security engineer, web security engineer, or data security engineer. Whatever the title, you will also be responsible for collaborating with other departments to establish security protocols and protect IT systems.

    A Day in the Life of a Cyber Security Engineer

    As with other information security jobs, work as a cyber security engineer can hardly be defined as routine. While there are some aspects of the job that need to be handled or performed daily, you never really know what your day will entail until it happens. Cyber security engineers typically work in fast-paced, complex environments and are frequently required to work odd hours and even overtime, in some cases. It can be stressful for people who do not thrive in that kind of environment.

    While you never know when a threat or attack is going to take priority, some of the daily tasks that a cyber security engineer may have to perform are:

  • Responding to any network or system security breaches or viruses
  • Ensuring that appropriate security controls are consistently in place to protect the organization’s digital files and infrastructure
  • Planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and upgrading security measures for the protection of systems, networks, and data
  • Various administrative tasks, reporting, and communication with other departments
  • Performing penetration testing and identifying system and network vulnerabilities
  • Day-to-day tasks and activities can vary for cyber security engineers, depending on where they work and the types of systems and networks they are responsible for protecting.

    Frequently Asked Questions
    No items found.

    How Long Will It Take To Be Job Ready?

    If you can dedicate
    hours per week, you can be certified in just...
    2 months
    What Will I Learn?
    Focused on the core IT competencies that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed in any career path.
    Defensive Security
    Focused on trying to find the bad guys. Topics such as threat intelligence, threat hunting, network monitoring, incident response. Defensive security is a reactive measure taken once a vulnerability is found through prevention, detection, and response.
    Engineering and Operations
    Focused on building and operating information systems.
    Governance, Risk, and Compliance
    Focused on the core IT competencies that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed in any career path.
    Leadership and Management
    Focused on program design and oversight. Covers project and program management.
    Offensive Security
    Focused on validating security controls by trying to break them (i.e. penetration testing or ethical hacking). Topics such as Kali Linux, metasploit, scanning, and privilege escalation. Offensive security seeks out the problem or vulnerability through ethical hacking and finds a solution to disable the operation.
    Offensive Security
    Focused on the core IT competencies that cybersecurity professionals need to succeed in any career path.

    Course Outline

    No items found.

    Words from our users

    We're proud of our happy customers. Hear what our team customers have to say about their experiences with our courses.

    I've been having concerns on how to start in terms of building my #cybercareer with a sustained path. So I got introduced to Cybrary and I was able to enroll and startup early last week and I have gone through two sessions, getting to know Cybrary and also a view of what cybersecurity is from their perspective. That gave me an overall view of what jobs are found in the space, their general responsibilities, required skills, necessary certifications and their average salary pay... Cybrary has given me a greater reason to pursue my hearts desire at all cost.

    Jamal O.

    Thanks to Cybrary I'm now a more complete professional! Everyone in [the] cybersecurity area should consider enrollment in any Cybrary courses.

    João S.
    IT Administrator - CISSP

    The interviewer said the certifications and training I had completed on my own time showed that I was a quick learner, and they gave me a job offer.

    Justin B.
    IT Specialist

    Our partnership with Cybrary has given us the opportunity to provide world-class training materials at no cost to our clients, thanks to the funding we’ve received from the government. Cybrary offers a proven method for building a more skilled cybersecurity workforce.

    Katie Adams
    Senior Director

    All of the knowledge, skills, and abilities gained through the program were essential to me impressing the employer during the interview.

    Gabby H.
    Senior Security Analyst

    Cybrary is a one-stop-shop for my cybersecurity learning needs. Courses on vulnerability management, threat intelligence, and SIEM solutions were key for my early roles. As I grow into leadership roles influencing business policy, I’m confident Cybrary will continue developing the knowledge and skills I need to succeed.

    No Name
    Senior Cybersecurity Consultant and Virtual CISO

    After tens of minutes, I proudly have achieved my certificate of continuing education for Intro to Infosec... Doing everything I can to avoid retaking the CISSP test! Thanks Cybrary - 1 CPE at a time!

    Alex H.

    We’ve had six students this summer, all with different schedules, so we’ve been trying to balance their learning experience with some practical work. It’s not like they’re all sitting in a classroom at the same time, so the ability for them to learn at their own pace without any additional support has probably been the biggest benefit of using Cybrary.

    Collin Ricker
    Business Development Manager

    Just finished the third out of four MITRE ATT&CK Defender courses on Cybrary... If anyone is interested in learning how to do ATT&CK based SOC assessments I would definitely recommend this course. The best part is that it is FREE!

    Eric T.
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

    Excellent new series of courses from Cybrary, each course covers a different CVE, demonstrates vulnerability and its mitigation.

    Raul C.
    Cybersecurity Specialist

    I've successfully completed the career path provided by Cybrary to become a SOC Analyst - Level 2. Eventually, do what you love, and do it well - that's much more meaningful than any metric.

    Wissal Ayari
    SOC Analyst

    Cybrary is helping me proactively build skills and advance my career. Labs put concepts immediately into practice, reinforcing the content (and saving me time not having to spin up my own VM). Career paths lay everything out clearly, so I know what skills to prioritize.

    No Name
    Enterprise Analyst

    I got a job as a cybersecurity analyst at Radware with a salary I've never even dreamed about AND with no prior experience.

    Alexei Z.
    Cybersecurity Analyst

    Thank you to Cybrary for providing this opportunity to complete the Cybrary Orientation Certification program with such sleekness and detail-oriented learning.

    Ganesh Y.

    So far I have really been enjoying Cybrary's SOC Analyst Training, it has been very informative. I just finished up with the command line section and now I'm on to the more fun stuff (Malware Analysis). I think it's so dope that platforms like this exist. This is a game changer.

    Tobias Castleberry
    SOC Analyst, Security+ Certified

    I decided to check out Cybrary and the courses they had to offer after seeing a few posts from people who had completed their courses. I'm happy to say that their instructors are knowledgeable and clear, and their course catalogues are extensive and offer relevant career path courses.

    Nazli S.
    AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner

    Glad to have discovered Cybrary they are such a great tool to use to help diversify your knowledge through lessons, assessments and practices. All compact[ed] into highly detailed and informative chunks of information. Feeling very content with the results.

    Temi B.
    Cisco Certified Network Associate

    Well, it took a long time, yet I struggled hard to complete the course "Become a SOC Analyst - Level 2" by Cybrary. Cybrary is the best platform that I have ever come across. Tons of virtual labs, great in-depth insights from the experts, and the best career path/learning modules.

    Madiraju Pranay Kashyap
    Programmar Analyst Trainee

    I am currently working in a restaurant and going to school full time. But it is not stopping me from working on gaining more and more skills. I have already spent more than 30 hours on Become a SOC Analyst level 1 [with] Cybrary and still have 67 hours to go.

    Abibou F.
    SOC Analyst Level 1 Learner