Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE)

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An Information Systems Security Engineer (ISSE) determines system security requirements, designs the security layout or architecture, and determines existing tool functionality and what additional tools may be required to secure the data in an enterprise.

An ISSE first determines the enterprise’s security requirements and then builds systems to meet those requirements so that the security of systems and information is maintained. The ISSE designs the architecture of an information system and chooses which pieces of the system will be used to perform the necessary functions. System security is tested to ensure that the entire system works as planned, and then the entire system is thoroughly documented.

The ideal Information Systems Security Engineer is one who wants to build, break, and refine security efforts across the enterprise. The ISSE must have strong technical knowledge across multiple web, application, hardware, and/or network security systems. He must possess an understanding of multiple areas of IT including security concepts, protocols, and processes; he needs to have experience with network analysis tools.

General Educational Requirements

The minimum requirement for the position of Information Systems Security Engineer generally is a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Computer Information Systems or at least with course work in the subject. Many employers require previous experience in Information Security for this position, and most require industry certifications.

Additional Qualifications

A good Information Systems Security Engineer requires not only a background in software engineering but also a deep passion for making all things secure. He also must have a solid understanding of cryptography and must have the ability to lead and manage projects. In addition to technical expertise the Information Systems Security Engineer must possess a broad understanding of information security concepts and technologies, and he must be a self-starter who can work independently.  

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