Network Security Engineer
Typically requires 3 to 5 years of experience

A network security engineer safeguards computer networks and systems by identifying network assets and vulnerabilities, implementing network protections, and monitoring for and detecting intrusions. Daily responsibilities of a network security engineer include:

  • Devising and implementing network security policies and procedures.
  • Managing network assets, users, and architecture.
  • Ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of network resources.
  • Implementing network protections and maintaining devices such as virtual private networks, firewalls, and servers and switches.
  • Detecting network attacks and working as a member of a larger IT team to respond.
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Hilda Colon
Cyber Security Analyst &
Network Security Engineer
Hilda has a BA degree in electrical engineering and an MA degree in computer science.
Hilda Colon
Security Specialist, Accenture Federal Services
Hilda helps protect organizations' data assets from digital attacks and makes sure their information doesn't get into the wrong hands.
I love that I learn new things every day, because every day someone discovers a zero-day attack, or creates a new tool to better people’s lives.
We had a chance to connect with Hilda to ask her a few questions about her cybersecurity journey.
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Learn the fundamentals of protecting networks to prepare for a network security engineering career.

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Top skills requested
The technical and specialized skills most frequently requested by employers for this role.
  • Network security
  • Network Engineering
  • Information Security
  • Routers
  • Virtual Private Networking
  • Network Configuration
  • Wide Area Network (WAN)
  • Linux
  • Transmission Control Protocol/ Internet Protocol (TCP/IP)
  • Network Infrastructure
The business skills most frequently requested by employers for this role.
71% Troubleshooting 44% Planning 23% Teamwork 19% Research
Note: Percentages refer to the rate at which this skill appears in job postings
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