Security Operations Engineer
Typically requires 3 to 5 years of experience in incident response, security operations, and cloud security.

A security operations engineer identifies known and unknown threats to a company’s computer systems, understands adversary tactics, techniques, and procedures, and helps respond to detected incidents. They support the security operations center in understanding incidents targeting a company, implement and improve threat detection capabilities, and drive security monitoring efforts. Daily responsibilities of a threat response engineer include:

  • Thinking like an attacker and a defender to identify and protect against threats.
  • Automating detection and monitoring using open source and proprietary tools.
  • Responding to security issues under high pressure.
  • Coordinating and communicating across teams as part of incident response.
  • Designing and performing tabletop exercises, and performing incident response readiness assessments.
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Krittika Lalwaney
Red Team Security Engineer
Krittika has over 9 years of experience in the information security field. She started out as a Middle East Studies expert and Arabic linguist.
Krittika Lalwaney
Red Team Security Engineer, Capital One
Krittika started out in the security field in a cyber threat intelligence role, then worked as part of a security operations team in incident response, and now specializes in social engineering as part of Capital One’s red team. She participates in operations that simulate real-world threats and protects the company from evolving threats and vulnerabilities.
I get to be a bad guy for the good guys. I get to test out all the possible ways threat actors can intrude a network and educate my company. It's a great way to show impact and educate on ways to get problems fixed fast.
We had a chance to connect with Krittika to ask her a few questions about her cybersecurity journey.
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Top skills requested
The technical and specialized skills most frequently requested by employers for this role.
  • Security operations
  • Programming languages
  • Information Security
  • Network security
  • Operating systems
  • Networking hardware
  • Threat analysis
  • IT industry knowledge
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
The business skills most frequently requested by employers for this role.
Detail Oriented 17% Communication 29% Teamwork 31% Troubleshooting 33%
Note: Percentages refer to the rate at which this skill appears in job postings
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