Information Systems Security Engineer

Create systems to protect the data stored in companies' computers.
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Salary Range
$34,000 – $107,000

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What do Information Systems Security Engineers do?

When it comes to business, there are a few mandatory ingredients for success: great customer service, good value, a reliable product, and the security that customer information will be kept from the hands of hackers and computer viruses.

An Information Systems Security Engineer personally works to ensure that security. As an Information Systems Security Engineer, you commonly work for companies that collect, store, and process large quantities of information. Take, for example, a clinic or hospital with thousands of computerized patient files. It’s your job as an Information Systems Security Engineer to design the systems that keep that personal information safe.

Imagine the database of credit card information at Amazon, or the sheer volume of cell phone numbers and contact information attached to customer accounts at Verizon, and you can picture both the enormity and importance of your job. So you consider all the factors when designing each system, taking into account who has access, how information is used or stored, and what type of protection you should use against system intrusion (that means hackers).

But your job doesn’t stop at the design phase. That’s because, with the help of Computer Systems Analysts, Security Managers, and Computer Security Specialists, you constantly test, tweak, update, monitor, evaluate, back up, install firewalls, troubleshoot, and respond to security issues. In your spare time, you perform risk assessments, and look for ways to improve the security of your already ironclad system.

Should I be an Information Systems Security Engineer?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Information Technology Service Continuity Supervisor

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