Cybersecurity EngineerJob Description:
A Cybersecurity Engineer designs and implements security measures to protect computer systems, networks, and data from cyber threats and attacks.Job Category:
What you will do:
As a cybersecurity engineer, you will be:
- Developing and implementing security solutions to safeguard systems and networks
- Identifying vulnerabilities in systems and suggesting strategies to mitigate them
- Designing secure network and system architectures for protection against cyber threats
- Responding to security incidents, mitigating damage, and restoring normal operations
- Evaluating security risks and suggesting measures to minimize them
- Conducting penetration tests and security assessments to identify weaknesses
- Developing and enforcing security policies and best practices
- Regularly assessing systems for compliance with security standards
- Working with IT teams, management, and stakeholders to ensure comprehensive security
- Staying updated with emerging security technologies and threats
- Maintaining records of security measures, incidents, and strategies
- Monitoring networks and systems for unusual activities and potential threats
You will need:
- knowledge of network security, cyber threats, security tools, security standards, cloud security and security architecture
- knowledge of operating systems and encryption
- knowledge of vulnerability management, incident response and risk assessment
- knowledge of ethical hacking, scripting, and forensics
As well as:
- the ability to pay attention to detail
- effective communication skills
- the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
- adaptability skills
- good ethical judgement
- critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- analytical thinking skills
- time management (organisational skills)
- the ability to work well under pressure
To become a cybersecurity engineer, focusing on these GCSE subjects can be beneficial:
- Mathematics: Develops analytical skills needed for understanding security concepts and encryption.
- Computer Science: Provides a foundation in programming and IT fundamentals.
- Information Technology: Familiarises you with computer systems, networks, and cybersecurity basics.
- Science: Enhances problem-solving skills, important in identifying and addressing security threats.
- English: Strengthens communication skills for effectively conveying technical information.
These subjects offer a solid basis for pursuing further education and a career in cybersecurity.
To become a cybersecurity engineer, you generally need to meet these qualifications and requirements:
A bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity, information technology, computer science, or a related field is typically preferred.
Industry-recognised certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CompTIA Security+, or Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) can be advantageous.
Entry-level positions may require internships, co-op programs, or prior experience in IT or security.
Working Hours and Environment:
Cybersecurity engineers typically work standard office hours, with potential for shifts and on-call availability, often in an office or remote setting, collaborating with IT teams, from a security operations center (SOC), and occasionally traveling for assessments or meetings.
Career Path & Progression:
A cybersecurity engineer’s career path typically progresses from junior roles to security specialist, senior engineer, security consultant, security architect, security manager, penetration tester (ethical hacker), incident responder, security director, specialization, educator/author, or researcher, with continuous learning and certifications contributing to advancement.