Cloud Security Engineer

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The “cloud” has become an integral and important part of many organizations. Unfortunately the cloud is subject to problems that can compromise an organization’s data. This has given rise to the Cloud Security Engineers who, in addition to designing systems that use cloud resources to solve business problems, must create an architecture where data can be replicated and where effective disaster recovery strategies are in place.

An effective Cloud Security Engineer needs to have a deep understanding of the Internet’s landscape and threats; an understanding of vulnerabilities and possible attacks; hands-on experience with vulnerability scanning, firewall, antivirus, and malware analysis; an understanding of enterprise computing environments, distributed applications, and networks; and a familiarity with encryption technologies.

A Cloud Security Engineer generally carries out the following functions:

  • overseeing all aspects of the security environment from a cloud services perspective
  •  analyzing, troubleshooting and investigating security-related anomalies 
  • identifying security threats by conducting procedures used to mitigate risks
  • developing auditing methodologies and architecture to manage and protect data in cloud computing environments
  • developing hardware, software and network security procedures


General Educational Requirements

Applicants for a position of Cloud Security Engineer generally must have a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or another IT-related field. Some employers will accept a combination of education and experience. An industry-related certification generally will be required and, depending on the employer, a government clearance may be required.

Additional Qualifications

A Cloud Security Engineer must possess the following:

  • An ability to effectively communicate with colleagues
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent technical writing, documentation and communication skills including experience creating documents, presentations and detailed drawings
  • A commitment to constantly improve and upgrade technical knowledge and skills  

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