Do you want to be a Security Engineer?

Learn more about this career by downloading the profile overview. Spark discussion in class with a hands-on student activation.


Security Engineers anticipate and prevent disruptions to computer systems, whether caused by cybercrime like malicious hacking, or a power outage from a natural disaster. Security Engineers design systems to protect against all disruptions. These systems include security rules and procedures that companies should follow to keep their information secure. Working closely with teammates, Security Engineers are responsible for teaching employees how to follow rules so that a company’s business stays safe and productive.

Evaluate Student Interest

Explore the ways your students connect to this career.

  • Is problem solving exciting to you?
  • Are you good at “connecting the dots”?
  • Do you feel confident working in teams?
  • Are you well organized?

Activate Student Interest

Practice the skills needed to be a successful Security Engineer with your students.

  • Focus on classes in math, science, and technology.
  • Develop a working knowledge of the major areas of security.
  • Learn to code and practice building a website.

What we create actually has an effect on people’s lives. It has an effect on the world.

Anne Marie Zettlemoyer Vice President, Security Engineering, Mastercard

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