What Does a Cyber Security Engineer Do?

Your job is to protect your organization from serious cyber threats and attacks.

“Individuals with strong communication skills, a penchant for teamwork and a natural curiosity are prime candidates to join the ranks of the nation’s cyber security workforce,” according to CompTIA, the world’s leading technology association.

Across the United States, there were more than 300,000 job openings for cyber security workers in 2018, according to CyberSeek, a free cybersecurity career and workforce resource supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

In 2018, US employers posted more than 103,000 job openings for cybersecurity engineers and analysts, a 30 percent increase over the same period in 2017.

There were more than 300,000 job openings for cybersecurity workers in 2018.

These statistics promise excellent job opportunities and salary gains for graduates of Houston Baptist University with a Bachelor of Science in Cyber Engineering.

Worldwide, there’s a need for 2 million cyber security professionals, given that every small, medium and large business is dealing with cyber security issues. HBU graduates with a Cyber Engineering degree will be prepared to fill high-demand cyber engineering and cyber security jobs in energy, healthcare, marine transportation and other industries. Any company involved in critical infrastructure needs at least some cyber engineers who understand both the operational technology and the information technology relevant to that organization.

The Cyber Engineering Program at Houston Baptist University is a four-year undergraduate degree that prepares students for future careers in the cyberspace domain. HBU students in the College of Engineering study Cyber Engineering, along with courses in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.

Cyber engineers incorporate electrical engineering and computer science to understand cyberspace and use skills developed in digital forensics, security policy and network defense to perform cyber security tasks, as well as work on engineering hardware and software. Cyber engineers design secure systems at the interface of operational technology (sensors and things that move) and information technology (the digital world).

Cyber security engineers are responsible for protecting networks and systems against threats from adversaries in cyberspace. -Cybrary

According to Cybrary, which advances online learning in the field of cybersecurity, employers typically look for cyber security engineer candidates to have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science or another related field of study, and who have the following skills and abilities:

  • 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
  • Proficiency in Java, Python Net, C++, bash, and power shell
  • Networking experience with the TCP/IP stack (may not be a requirement, but is often preferred)
  • Solid understanding of the OSI model and renowned ports and services (may not be a requirement, but is often preferred)
  • The ability to work well with others, including collaboration and communication with other departments
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and to work under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail and problem-solving skills

Cyber security engineers, Cybrary says, are responsible for protecting the networks and systems of an organization against threats from adversaries in cyberspace. The functions of cyber security engineers include:

  • Performing assessments and penetration testing
  • Development and implementation of secure network solutions
  • Architecting and engineering trusted systems into secure systems
  • 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. Cyber security engineers, says Cybrary, “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.”

Cyber security engineers may also be known as IT security engineer, application security engineer, web security engineer, or data security engineer. “Whatever the title, you will also be responsible for collaborating with other departments to establish security protocols and protect IT systems,” says Cybrary.

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