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.

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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 cyberseek.org. 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Cyber Security Engineer is 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.

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, 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; Networking experience as well as proficiency in programming languages like Java, Python Net, C++, Bash, and PowerShell; Solid understanding of the OSI model; The ability to work well with others, including collaboration and communication with other departments; The ability to work under pressure and thrive in a fast-paced environment; Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills

As with other information security jobs, work as a cyber security engineer can hardly be defined as routine. 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: 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; Performing penetration testing and identifying system and network vulnerabilities; Various administrative tasks, reporting, and communication with other departments.

Most organizations look for someone with 4 years experience in a Cybersecurity role, and a Security+ and/or CySA+ certification. For professionals with less than 4 years of experience, we recommend the Network Engineer, SOC Analyst 1, or Penetration Tester career paths.

How Long Will It Take To Be Job Ready?

I can dedicate

hours per week

3 months to complete this career path

What Our Learners Are saying

"Cybrary has enabled me to develop new skills and gain experience with tools that I’ve needed to utilize in order to support my clients"

"I was able to earn my CISSP certification within 60 days of signing up for Cybrary Insider Pro and got hired as a Security Analyst conducting security assessments and penetration testing."

"I encourage anyone I meet, [who is] interested in a career in cybersecurity, to sign up for [Cybrary] Insider Pro. There is nothing out there capable of getting someone as job-ready as this program."

Career Prospects

$86,000-130,000
Salary Range in the U.S. (Yearly)

Average salary via Payscale.com.

What Will I Learn?

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.

Management & Leadership

Focused on program design and oversight. Project and program management.

Additional Skills You Will Gain

Security Engineering

Security Monitoring

Cyber Defense Infrastructure

Edge Security

Cyber Threat Analysis

Cloud Administration

Risk Management

Incident Response

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