Cyber security engineers are experts in guarding sensitive data. Experienced cyber security engineers have an aptitude for finding, testing, and preventing compromised or lost data in computer systems as well as a flexible, open-minded, and adaptable attitude.
- Security issues, trends, and defenses are constantly changing.
- The industries that use computers—from education to finance to manufacturing and beyond—are constantly expanding.
- The types of data that are vulnerable range from customer and employee data to intellectual property and military secrets.
- Vulnerability has multiple sources, from outside or inside a company. For example, according to Robert Half, 53% of professionals are uncomfortable sharing workstations—for good reason. Shared devices increase the chances that employees will lose, steal, or compromise data, either intentionally or by accident.
To start out in the cyber security field, you will need a college degree in computer science, cybersecurity, information security, or a similar program. Along with a flexible, problem-solving mentality, cyber security engineers need:
- Proficiency with computers
- Proficiency with computer security programs and processes, often demonstrated by possessing a security clearance or certifications such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) or Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
- Honesty and reliability.
Cyber security engineers sometimes fill their resumes with highly technical information that is difficult for a hiring manager or recruiter to understand. Most hiring managers and recruiters are interested in results—that is, what you achieved with the programs, policies, and procedures that you used. To put it another way: anyone can learn about different types of firewalls; your resume must show that you know how to deploy the right firewall and work with its strengths and weaknesses.
As a graduate of MIT with a BS in chemical engineering and a long career working with computers, simulators, and process control systems, I understand the balance that any technical resume requires between using the necessary jargon and making your accomplishments and skills clear to hiring managers and recruiters. Whether you are a seasoned cyber security engineer or someone just entering the field, Robin’s Resumes® can give you the resume and career support you need.