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An Application Security Engineer generally works within an IT, project, or engineering team that is responsible for ensuring that a company’s code maintains the highest levels of security for its users. The Application Security Engineer designs, provides the architecture for, and reviews a diverse array of applications from a security perspective.

The Engineer must have a facility for solving security problems in an innovative and creative way and for delivering high-quality technology solutions that ensure the highest level of security.

A primary duty of an Application Security Engineer is to investigate and understand a company’s software and to perform vulnerability scans and design and code reviews of all applications a company uses to ensure that everything is as secure as possible. Therefore, a broad and deep technical knowledge – ranging from front-end to back-end systems and everything in between — is very important. An Application Engineer also must have up-to-date knowledge of security tools used for vulnerability assessments, automated testing, and static code analysis.

Part of an Application Security Engineer’s duties is to act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on application and database security issues. Therefore, the Engineer must be capable of communicating his findings and remediation actions to everyone involved, and capable of training others.

General Educational Requirements

This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a related technical field. Employers may require significant prior experience in secure software development, application security engineering, research and/or consulting. Active industry certifications are usually required for this position.

Additional Qualifications

In addition to a solid understanding of the programming and software aspects of this position, an Application Security Engineer needs a working knowledge of requirements analysis and design, encryption, DNS, threat modeling, and other security-centric technologies. The Engineer also needs good customer-facing skills, sharp analytical and multi-tasking skills. Good communication skills are required for providing detailed documentation of findings and mitigation actions and for contributing to defining policies, standards, applications procedures, and software development procedures.

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