What does an Information Security Engineer do?

Information security engineers plan, design, build, and integrate tools and systems that are used to protect electronic information and devices. They implement systems to collect information about security incidents and outcomes. They may develop metrics or procedures for evaluating the effectiveness of the systems and tactics being used, and may also be involved in creating training materials. They also often build the infrastructure to support these systems and processes.

Information security engineers typically have a bachelor’s degree in a computer science discipline, along with a background in the IT field. They must have extensive experience with programming languages and tools, and be comfortable using script writing languages. Experience working with a variety of automation tools, firewall systems, and other technologies used for cybersecurity roles are helpful.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2%
2 - 4
43%
5 - 7
45%
8+
10%

Common Skill Sets

Operating Systems
Cloud
Windows Server
Javascript
Routing Protocols
Security Clearance
Web Application
Configuration

Information Security Engineer Seniority Levels

Security Consultant
14% made the transition
Information Security Specialist
23% made the transition
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Information Security Engineer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$106,069 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$74K
Median: $106K
$152K
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