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How to become a IT Security Engineer

IT Security Engineer
avg. starting salary

You hate Mondays because you hate your job. You should be an IT Security Engineer… Security Engineers help ensure the safety of their client’s networks, protecting them from any security threats they might encounter. Potential breaches of security include hacking, phishing, pharming, spyware, malware and viruses. For any company that is heavily dependent on technology, the safety of their data is of paramount importance. Security Engineers are absolutely vital in reducing the risk of cyber-attacks, which could literally bring a business to a halt. Typical responsibilities for a Security Engineer may include:
  • Installing programs to reduce security risks
  • Regularly analysing systems to ensure networks are not susceptible to threats
  • Using simulations to test security software (or, ‘penetration testing’)
  • Regularly updating software and keeping it up-to-date
  • Ensuring that all staff follow security procedures

To become an IT Security Engineer, it goes without saying that an in-depth knowledge of IT security software is an absolute pre-requisite. If phishing makes you think of Robson Greene, becoming a Security Engineer might not be your true calling. A passion for technology will be similarly essential. New threats are introduced to the world on an almost daily basis, with ever-more sophisticated programming making them difficult to detect. Keeping up-to-date with the latest countermeasures will be key to a safe and successful network. Other key skills include:
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Conviction in their decisions
  • Confidentiality
  • Knowledge in encryption, DNS, firewalls, threat modelling and ethical hacking


IT Security Engineer

Up to £40,000

Network Manager

Up to £50,000

Security Consultant

Up to £64,000

"I've been working within network security for around five years, ever since I became Cisco certified. With new viruses being developed all the time, this job certainly keeps you on your toes. That’s what I love about the job really. You’re constantly learning, and every day brings something different. A devastating attack could be coming at any moment, and it’s my job to keep everything up-and-running, and all systems safe. I'm like a human firewall."

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