Network Security Engineer
Network Security Engineers are the specialists who develop, build and maintain IT security solutions as well as also protect & defend the organization's network systems from potential threats. In this electronic age, an organization's security systems are constantly vulnerable to cyber attacks and security risks. Businesses need to ensure that all data and sensitive information is secure and protected at all times, hence the role of network security engineers are imperative to them.The job of a network security engineer is a highly technical one and calls for a strong working knowledge of data and network security technologies. Apart from the traditional role of maintenance of corporate wide area networks (WAN) & local area networks (LAN), they may also be expected to analyze network performance, identify areas of concern and formulate suitable action plans. With no two jobs alike, these engineers must have the ability to multi task and face various challenges on an everyday basis. Apart from possessing a wide and in depth knowledge in security space, a career as a network security engineer calls for a strong interest in security work.Primary responsibilities of a network security engineer are:
- Implement and monitor security measures for the protection of computer systems, networks and information
- Identify and analyze data for potential viruses and threats
- Define security systems and develop detailed security designs
- Troubleshoot network problems, schedule upgrades and maximize network performance
- Configure firewalls & install new security systems
- Review & write reports on assessment based findings and recommend system security enhancement
- Interact with customers and provide on- call support as required
- Prepare documents for standard operating procedures and protocols
Salaries and Job Outlook*
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The job prospects of network security engineers are fairly positive in a world where more and more sensitive information is being digitized. The increasing dependence on information technology will require these specialists in nearly every sector from healthcare, IT, banks, financial institutions and government enterprises. As companies look forward to adopting new technologies & IT infrastructure, network security engineers are required to install, maintain and repair network systems and protect them from possible cyber attacks.Career advancement and salary growth for network security engineers go hand in hand with experience levels and new skills added. The average salary of a network security engineer ranges between INR 3.6 lacs p.a to 4.0 lacs p.a.
Education and Training
Network security engineers must obtain a minimum qualification with a bachelor's degree in computer science, cyber security or a related field. One can also supplement this qualification with relevant work experience, trainings and certifications.In addition to educational training, network security engineers must continue to upgrade themselves with in- demand industry certifications like Cisco, Certified Network Associate (CCNA), or Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP). Some employers prefer candidates to attain experience in supporting network security in enterprise data security environment.
Valued Traits & Abilities
Network security engineers can find opportunities across sectors like finance, retail, healthcare, IT or government concerns. Some of the industries that hire the highest number of network security specialist are computer systems design, telecommunications and educational services. A few positions that have gained prominence in this field are that of security analyst, security architect and forensics experts. As a network security engineer you may work for an IT company who deal with their own systems or work on contract. Growth prospects are equally high on gaining substantial experience within an organization and network security engineers can advance to positions like IT project management/ IT consultant.Some of the career opportunities in this field are:
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