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Become a Cyber Security Engineer
Build security solutions to defend a company and protect its networking assets. Work with security analysts to identify vulnerable systems requiring updates to the software.
About this Career Path
In this program you will learn what it takes to become a Security Engineer. According to cyberseek.org, there is the highest demand for Security Engineers with 35,000+ job openings. Learn to resolve production security issues, configure and mange firewalls and intrusion detection systems (IDS), investigate incidents, perform forensics and run incident responses.
Through practical, virtual lab environments, you will gain real-world, hands-on skills with today’s latest tools and technologies; and, with help from a mentor, be guided down the path of a new career.
- 4 years experience in Information Security or Related Field
- Holding the Security+(Sec+) or Cyber Security Analyst+(CySA+) certification is recommended but not required
Once Completed You Are Ready To:
- Risk Management / Project Management
- Cloud/Cloud Security
- Cybersecurity Management/Architecture
- Information System Security
Apply for Jobs
- Cybersecurity Specialist/Technician
- Cybersecurity Engineer
- Cybersecurity Architect
- Cybersecurity Manager
- Cyber Defense Analyst
- CompTIA CASP+ and CompTIA Cloud+
ADVANCED LEVEL5+ Years Industry Experience
APPROX 6 MONTHSStudy 6 hrs/week and complete in 6 months
$95,410Average salary via Payscale.com
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Learn Through Courses
A Career Path contains a series of courses taught by Cybrary's community of instructors. Our instructors are subject matter experts, thought leaders, and inddustry veterans that deliver relevant, high-quality content.
Practice Your Skills
Every Career Path includes guided virtual labs chosen to give you real world experience in key topics you are learning. With unlimited access to the labs, you can practice until you're confident in your abilities, all in a safe environment that is accessible from anywhere, at anytime.
Assess Your Knowledge
Practice Tests give you confidence that you really know the material through standard questions and advanced virtual labs to test your skills.
Earn a Certificate
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
Brick-and-mortar cybersecurity and IT training helps you gain theoretical knowledge but they don’t provide you with enough practical experience to prepare you for a job. You need guidance; so, you spend $3,000+ on classroom-based cybersecurity and IT training to get access to instructors and mentors. After 5, 8-hour days, and $3,000 later, you still walk away unprepared and unsure where to go from there.
Welcome to the Cybrary Career Path. Confidently, be guided down the path towards your next job and a new career. This three month program helps you take the right training, get the right hands-on experience and prove your ability through online assessment tools. No experience? No problem. Work with industry-leading mentors as they help you get started and guide you through the program.
Feel confident you are learning with the best
After having helped grow the careers of 2.5 million cybersecurity professionals around the world and individuals from thousands of companies, be rest assured you are choosing the right program from a provider with the track-record to show for it.
Work through a structured career path curated by experts and tied directly to popular industry job roles
Use virtualized, hands-on experiences to learn by doing gaining practical, real-world skills
Track your progress as you move closer to your goal with each learning session
Be confident you’re ready for the next step of your career journey upon completion
What you will learn on the Cyber Security Engineer career path
Once you join in this Cyber Security Engineer program, our team will help guide you into the right skill level based on your experience.
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 look for cyber security engineer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or another related field of study, 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 There may be other requirements, depending upon the specific organization and the complexity of its networks and systems.
What is a Typical Cyber Security Engineer Job Description?
As a cyber security engineer, you will be responsible for protecting the networks and systems of an organization against threats from adversaries in cyberspace. The functions of cyber security engineers 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 organizations digital files and infrastructure
- Planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and upgrading security measures for the protections 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.