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15-1299.05 - Information Security Engineers

Develop and oversee the implementation of information security procedures and policies. Build, maintain and upgrade security technology, such as firewalls, for the safe use of computer networks and the transmission and retrieval of information. Design and implement appropriate security controls to identify vulnerabilities and protect digital files and electronic infrastructures. Monitor and respond to computer security breaches, viruses, and intrusions, and perform forensic investigation. May oversee the assessment of information security systems.

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Tasks

  • Assess the quality of security controls using performance indicators. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct investigations of information security breaches to identify vulnerabilities and evaluate the damage. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate documentation of computer security or emergency measure policies, procedures, or tests. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate monitoring of networks or systems for security breaches or intrusions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate vulnerability assessments or analysis of information security systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop information security standards and best practices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or implement software tools to assist in the detection, prevention, and analysis of security threats. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or install software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop response and recovery strategies for security breaches. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify or implement solutions to information security problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify security system weaknesses using penetration tests. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee development of plans to safeguard computer files against accidental or unauthorized modification, destruction, or disclosure or to meet emergency data processing needs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Oversee performance of risk assessment or execution of system tests to ensure the functioning of data processing activities or security measures. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide technical support to computer users for installation and use of security products. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Recommend information security enhancements to management. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review security assessments for computing environments or check for compliance with cybersecurity standards and regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Scan networks using vulnerability assessment tools to identify vulnerabilities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Train staff on and oversee the use of information security standards, policies, and best practices. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Troubleshoot security and network problems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write reports regarding investigations of information security breaches or network evaluations. See more occupations related to this task.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Manage information technology projects or system activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop software or computer applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Install computer software. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze security of systems, network, or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate reporting or editing activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop operating strategies, plans, or procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop performance metrics or standards related to information technology. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establish work standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate potential of products, technologies, or resources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate utility of software or hardware technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Implement security measures for computer or information systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Investigate illegal or suspicious activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor processes for compliance with standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Read documents to gather technical information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Recommend changes to improve computer or information systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise information technology personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test computer system operations to ensure proper functioning. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train personnel in technical or scientific procedures. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Troubleshoot issues with computer applications or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Write reports or evaluations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Computer Occupations, All Other.
Employment data for Computer Occupations, All Other.
Industry data for Computer Occupations, All Other.

Median wages (2019) $42.57 hourly, $88,550 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 431,100 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Faster than average (5% to 7%) Faster than average (5% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 32,300
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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