Security Engineering Interview Course
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Nail Your Next Security Engineering Interview

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Designed and taught by FAANG+ Security engineers, this course will give you a foolproof preparation strategy to crack the toughest interviews at FAANG and Tier-1 companies. 

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What You'll Learn in the Security Engineering Interview Course

System Design 
Applied Cryptography
Network Security
Cloud Security
Application Security 
Security Themed Coding, Code Reviews
Career Skills
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Why choose this course?

A typical week at Interview Kickstart

This is how we structure and organize your interview prep with our high-quality, content-rich course. Our learners devote 10 to 12 hours per week to this course.


Get Foundation content
Get high-quality videos and course material for the upcoming week's live class
Covers fundamentals, interview-relevant topics, and case studies
Attend timed test and review session
Focused group discussions involving learners and the instructor on the assignment's solution
Interview-like drill down into key techniques and design choices


Attend Online live sessions
Attend 4-hour interactive sessions covering interview-relevant Security Engineering concepts
Each class covers a wide variety of interview problems, including open-ended questions and how to approach these questions
Live feedback from a FAANG+ instructor


Practice problems & case studies
Practice concepts taught in live sessions to solve assignment questions
Live doubt-solving with FAANG+ instructors
Learn about the hiring process at various FAANG+ companies

Every day

1:1 access to instructors
Personalized coaching from FAANG+ Cyber Security instructors
Individualized and detailed attention to your questions
Solution walkthroughs
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Security Engineering Course details and curriculum

Data structures and Algorithms
5 weeks
5 live classes


  • Introduction to Sorting
  • Basics of Asymptotic Analysis and Worst Case & Average Case Analysis
  • Different Sorting Algorithms and their comparison
  • Algorithm paradigms like Divide & Conquer, Decrease & Conquer, Transform & Conquer
  • Presorting
  • Extensions of Merge Sort, Quick Sort, Heap Sort
  • Common sorting-related coding interview problems


  • Recursion as a Lazy Manager's Strategy
  • Recursive Mathematical Functions
  • Combinatorial Enumeration
  • Backtracking
  • Exhaustive Enumeration & General Template
  • Common recursion- and backtracking-related coding interview problems


  • Dictionaries & Sets, Hash Tables 
  • Modeling data as Binary Trees and Binary Search Tree and performing different operations over them
  • Tree Traversals and Constructions 
  • BFS Coding Patterns
  • DFS Coding Patterns
  • Tree Construction from its traversals 
  • Common trees-related coding interview problems


  • Overview of Graphs
  • Problem definition of the 7 Bridges of Konigsberg and its connection with Graph theory
  • What is a graph, and when do you model a problem as a Graph?
  • How to store a Graph in memory (Adjacency Lists, Adjacency Matrices, Adjacency Maps)
  • Graphs traversal: BFS and DFS, BFS Tree, DFS stack-based implementation
  • A general template to solve any problems modeled as Graphs
  • Graphs in Interviews
  • Common graphs-related coding interview problems

Dynamic Programming

  • Dynamic Programming Introduction
  • Modeling problems as recursive mathematical functions
  • Detecting overlapping subproblems
  • Top-down Memorization
  • Bottom-up Tabulation
  • Optimizing Bottom-up Tabulation
  • Common DP-related coding interview problems
System Design
3 weeks
3 live classes

Online Processing Systems

  • The client-server model of Online processing
  • Top-down steps for system design interview
  • Depth and breadth analysis
  • Cryptographic hash function
  • Network Protocols, Web Server, Hash Index
  • Scaling
  • Performance Metrics of a Scalable System
  • SLOs and SLAs
  • Proxy: Reverse and Forward
  • Load balancing
  • CAP Theorem
  • Content Distribution Networks
  • Cache
  • Sharding
  • Consistent Hashing
  • Storage
  • Case Studies: URL Shortener, Instagram, Uber, Twitter, Messaging/Chat Services

Batch Processing Systems

  • Inverted Index
  • External Sort Merge
  • K-way External Sort-Merge
  • Distributed File System
  • Map-reduce Framework
  • Distributed Sorting
  • Case Studies: Search Engine, Graph Processor, Typeahead Suggestions, Recommendation Systems

Stream Processing Systems

  • Case Studies: on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube
Security Engineering
5 weeks
5 live classes

Applied Cryptography

  • Deep dive into symmetric and asymmetric Cryptography techniques
  • Discussion on ideal Cryptography outcomes: Confidentiality, Authenticity, Integrity, and Non-repudiation
  • Detailed analysis of symmetric vs. asymmetric Cryptography 
  • Discussion on interesting interview questions:
  • What would it take to break RSA? 
  • How can one perform a MITM attack on all HTTPS traffic? Is it even possible?
  • Explain why the length of the key does matter?
  • The brain behind Cryptography: Avalanche Effect, Hash Functions, Hash Collision
  • Deep dive into Public Key Infrastructure and PKI standards
  • Different methods for authentication: Kerberos, SAML, OAuth 2.0, JSON Web Token
  • Protocols for enhancing network security: TLS (Transport Layer Security), IPSec, Secure Shell (SSH)

Network Security

  • Develop critical thinking on networks: deep dive into OSI layers
  • Comprehensive coverage - ARP, IP & MAC, Protocols, Firewall placement, TCP, etc.
  • Important interview questions on a secure Wi-fi connection, pre-shared key, firewalls, and many other network security topics
  • Important steps to secure DNS and DHCP servers
  • Discussion on multiple network security components: IDS, IPS, Firewall, and VPN
  • Challenging assignments on DNS poisoning, SYN/ACK flood attack

Cloud Security

  • Detailed analysis of stages where one needs to protect the data: 
  • Data-at-rest, 
  • Data-in-transit, 
  • Data-in-use
  • Security challenges in the cloud: shared security model
  • Deep dive into common cloud security mistakes: granting public access to data, Disabled logging and monitoring, and many more
  • Top attacks on the cloud: DDoS and its types
  • Discussion on Identity and Access Management in cloud
  • The interview focused on open-ended assignments and challenging questions:
  • As a consultant, how would you improve client cloud security posture?
  • How would you secure a cloud containerized environment?
  • Why is tagging important when it comes to cloud environments?

Application Security

  • Focus on building a security mindset for developing secure applications
  • Challenging assignment based on real-life scenarios: Music streaming API security
  • Deep dive into application security principles: Threat Modeling, OWASP Top 10
  • Discussion on code reviews questions: Identify security flaws in the given code (most frequently asked in FAANG+)
  • Case studies on application security flaws:
  • Link Shortening
  • IDOR
  • User-Facing Authentication
  • Discussion on important security frameworks to keep your application secure

Security Themed Coding, Code Reviews, Secure System Design, and Security Policies

  • Deep dive into secure coding principles - checkpoints and best practices for developers to develop more secure code/program
  • Discussion on various attack vectors and common software vulnerabilities
  • Threat modeling to create secure code
  • Various examples of secure and insecure codes
  • Mitigation strategies 
  • Discussion on open-ended interview questions
Career Coaching
3 weeks
3 live classes

Interview Strategy and Success


Behavioral Interview Prep


Offers and Negotiation

Support Period
6 Months

15 mock interviews


Take classes you missed/retake classes/tests


1:1 technical/career coaching


Interview strategy and salary negotiation support

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Mock interviews suite
On-demand timed tests
In-browser online judge
help circle
10,000 interview questions
100,000 hours of video explanations
Class schedules & activity alerts
Real-time progress update
11 programming languages

Meet your instructors

Our highly experienced instructors are active hiring managers and employees at FAANG+ companies and know exactly what it takes to ace tech and managerial interviews.

Larry Hu

Senior Security Engineer
18+ years experience

Akshar R

Security Engineer
9+ years experience

Omkar Deshpande

Head of Curriculum
15+ years experience

Nick Camilleri

Head of Career Skills Devp. and Coaching
15+ years experience

Alisha Kloc

security and privacy programs
13+ years experience

Troy Wegner

Building Security Automation
11+ years experience

Get upto 15 mock interviews with                      hiring managers

What makes our mock Interviews the best:

Hiring managers from Tier-1 companies like Google & Apple

Interview with the best. No one will prepare you better!

Domain-specific Interviews

Practice for your target domain - Security Engineering

Detailed personalized feedback

Identify and work on your improvement areas

Transparent, non-anonymous interviews

Get the most realistic experience possible

Career impact

Our engineers land high-paying and rewarding offers from the biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Tesla, and Netflix.

Ian Hwang

Software Engineer
Placed at:
I attended IK and I've got a lot of knowledge that helped me get into Microsoft. TheirCurriculum (algorithms and data structures) is organized very well and explanations are so helpful. Andmock interviews and the feedback helped me a lot. It was worth it!

Neetika Srivastava

Software Engineer
Placed at:
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I really like how the program is structured and how it caters to different domains. It is really helpful. The patterns that they teach you at Interview Kickstart are really useful because you can apply those patterns to any new problem. Knowing those patterns, you can solve basically any question because you can relate it to problems you have already solved, which gives you confidence.

Chun Wu

Senior Software Engineer
Placed at:
I joined iK after stumbling across it while reviewing some other interview prep materials after doing poorly in an interview at Linkedin. I knew that doing well in these interviews would require dedication and investment of my time - but with so many resources online I didn't have structure. This is what the IK platform provided me.

Shrey Shrivastava

Software development Engineer ll
Placed at:
google brand logo
The Interview Kickstart course is very structured and informative. They teach you about DS and algo fundamentals very thoroughly and also prepare you for the software engineering interview. I really like the live classes by FAANG engineers, and the homework and tests definitely help you toprepare for a real interview. If you have been looking for a bootcamp that prepares you for software engineering interviews, I would say this is definitely the right place to do it.

Sridhar Gandham

Senior Software Engineer
Placed at:
My experience at IK was extremely positive. I was preparing for FAANG companies using the standard techniques that you find on the internet. When I started preparing, there was no structure to the madness. For example, a simple quicksort can be implemented in multiple ways. So solving a medium problem would take me about 30 minutes. The biggest benefit that I got from IK was a clear, structured way of solving problems. After IK, I could solve medium problems in 10 minutes!

Ibrahim Demidrogen

Software Engineer
Placed at:
IK is super helpful in cementing a lot of the basics and developing a deeper understanding of the core concepts that are essential to the interview process at any FAANG company. The foundation material is dense, but it is discussed at a swift pace. Omkar's instructional videos are very detailed and break down the essentials into small digestible components. The mock interview sessions are super helpful, especially for those who need additional guidance and help with defining their shortcomings.

Akriti Bhatt

Software Engineer
Placed at:
Interview Kickstart is a great platform to perfect your basics and get a deep understanding of algorithms. These sessions helped me crack Google and several other companies.
Having struggled for a while to understand what I was doing wrong in interviews and how to behave during an interview, I took the help of 1-1 interview sessions with the mentors and the guidance provided by them helped me understand the problem with my approach.

How to enroll for the Security Engineering Interview Course?

Learn more about Interview Kickstart and the Security Engineering Interview Course by joining the free webinar hosted by Ryan Valles, co-founder of Interview Kickstart. You can also talk to our program advisors to get additional program-related details.
Already preparing or want a sneak peek? Try the SE Interview Prep 7-day email course

A Free Guide to Kickstart Your Security Engineering Career at FAANG+

From the interview process and career path to interview questions and salary details — learn everything you need to know about Security Engineering careers at top tech companies.
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Security Engineering Interview Process Outline

The interview process at FAANG+ and other Tier-1 companies for Cyber Security Engineering interviews vary a bit for each company. However, the general structure is as follows:
  • Initial technical screening: 
  • On-site interview:
  • 1-2 coding rounds
  • 1 Security coding round
  • 1-2 system design rounds
  • Behavioral round

What to Expect at Security Engineering Interviews?

Recruiter screening:
30-45 min interview with a recruiter. They will ask questions about your resume, light technical questions to gauge your domain knowledge of Security Engineering, and behavioral questions to assess your culture fit at the company.
Initial technical screening:
This usually involves a coding round and a few questions testing your general knowledge of Security topics. The coding questions are typically at an Easy/Medium level on Leetcode.
On-site: 4-5 Rounds:
  • Each round is 30 - 60 minutes long.
  • 1-2 general coding rounds: Depending on the total years of experience, candidates go through 1-2 coding (DSA-based) rounds. The questions are usually LC easy/medium.
  • One security coding round: In these rounds, candidates could be asked to review a code snippet to find vulnerabilities it contains. Alternatively, they could be asked some security-themed coding questions focusing on text parsing and manipulation, basic data structures, and simple logic flows.
  • 1-2 system design rounds: Candidates are asked to design systems to secure various applications. The solution is evaluated on all aspects: network, system, application, and information security. Usually, the discussion leads to several conceptual questions on Networking, OS, Cryptography, Malware, Digital Forensics, etc. For candidates having <5 years of experience, the design round is often replaced by a core Security understanding Round of Medium/High Difficulty.
  • Behavioral round: To test for cultural fit and check your leadership and communication skills.

Security Engineering Interview Questions

Practicing Cyber Security interview questions and answers is key to nailing your Cyber Security interview. Want to gauge your Cyber Security Engineer interview preparation levels? See if you can answer these Cyber Security Engineering interview questions:
Security Engineering Coding Questions
Find the single element that does not appear thrice in a given array of integers.
For a given number, find the number of ones in its binary representation. Given nums=[0, 1, 3] return 2
How would you test for a loop in a linked list?
How would you reverse a linked list?
Sort an array using bubble sort and quicksort
Reverse a string without using any built-in functions.
Domain-specific Security Engineering Interview Questions
How do you ensure that a server is secure?
How do you differentiate between symmetric and asymmetric encryption?
What Is SSL encryption?
What do you mean by port scanning?
How frequently do you perform patch management?
Can you reset a password-protected BIOS configuration?
What is the difference between Black Box Testing and White Box Testing?
What is forward secrecy?
What is ARP poisoning? Can you explain with an example?
What do you mean by SQL injection?
Do you know what XXE is?
Differentiate XSS from CSRF.
What is a server-side request forgery attack?
What is the same-origin policy and CORS?
Security Engineering Interview Questions on Behavioral Skills
Why do you want to build a career in Cyber Security?
What are your greatest strengths and accomplishments?
What is the most challenging project you encountered on your learning journey?
What, according to you, are the most required skills in a security engineer?
What does the job of a security engineer entail, as per your understanding?
Why our company and why this role? Which of our company’s principles is your greatest strength?
Describe your most complex project.
How would you prioritize work and tasks in a program? Tell me about a time when you had to deal with competing priorities.
Describe a conflict you had with your manager or team member. How did you solve it?

Security Engineering Career

Cyber Security Engineers are the first line of defense a company has against unauthorized access and security threats. It is clear that a robust and diverse skill set is a necessity to be a Cyber Security Engineer at any Tier-1 company. We’ll now discuss some common nagging questions about career progression, role, salary, interview process, etc., you might have as a Cyber Security Engineer.
Security Engineering Job Roles and Responsibilities
Even though the specific responsibilities of Security Engineers may vary for each company, the key day-to-day responsibilities of Cyber Security jobs includes:
Perform vulnerability and risk assessments, including ethical hacking, to detect security loopholes
Devise the necessary Security policy
Define, detect and prevent security issues at the Application, System, and Network layers
Contribute to building security tools and infrastructure to analyze, deploy, and manage security controls
Design, develop, implement, and test security solutions with cost, performance, and reliability in mind
Design computer security architecture and develop detailed Cyber Security designs
Prepare and document standard operating procedures and protocols
Configure and troubleshoot security infrastructure devices
Develop technical solutions and new security tools to help mitigate security vulnerabilities and automate repeatable tasks
Ensure that the company knows as much as possible, as quickly as possible, about security incidents
Write comprehensive reports including assessment-based findings, outcomes, and propositions for further system security enhancement
The educational qualifications needed to become a Security Engineer include:
A bachelor’s degree in computer science, information technology, or another related field. 
Expert knowledge of Cyber Security and related subjects and a fair amount of previous work experience. 
Understanding of scalable systems, applications, networks, encryption standards, secure coding practices, and types of threats: detecting and preventing them
Knowledge of formulating security policies, skilled in a high-level language/scripting language. Proficiency in Python, C++, Java, Ruby, Node, Go, and/or Power Shell
Some certifications like CISSP, GIAC, CISA, and CISM may be useful
Experience with Firewalls (functionality and maintenance), Office 365 Security, VSX, and Endpoint Security
Great awareness of Cyber Security trends and hacking techniques. Ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment. Strong attention to detail with an analytical mind and outstanding problem-solving skills.
Experience implementing security solutions that resolve security and business risk trade-offs and an understanding of cryptography, web service frameworks, mobile application architectures, service architectures, networking, and communication protocols.
Career Roadmap for an Security Engineer
Amazon Technical Security Engineer Career Path
L4 - Security Engineer → L5 -Sr. Security Engineer→ L6 - Security Architect → L7 - Principal Engineer → L8 - Sr. Principal Engineer → L9 - Scientist
Apple Technical Security Engineer Career Path
L2 → L3 → L4 → L5 (at this level, the people are generally known in the industry)  → L6
Despite the levels, the career path is quite fluid. The transition is from writing code to designing architecture/framework and then to cross-team collaboration and designing a complete system or platform architecture.
Microsoft Technical Security Engineer Career Path
61 - Entry Level → 62 → 63 → 64 → 65 - Principal Engineer

Security Engineer Salary and Levels at FAANG

The average entry-level Security Engineer salary in the US is $90,709, but the salary range typically falls between $77,510 and $108,871.
The average salary for a Security Engineer in the US is $124,527. The average additional cash compensation for a Security Engineer in the US is $20,347. Finally, the average total compensation for a Security Engineer in the US is $144,874
The estimated total pay for a Cyber Security Engineer is $109,098 per year in the US, with an average salary of $101,548 per year. 

Cyber Security Salaries by Role

Cyber Security professionals are well compensated for their skills, even at the entry-level. As you gain experience and move into more advanced roles, salaries expectedly go up. To give you an idea of what’s possible, here’s a look at the average salary of some high-paying Cyber Security jobs in the US. (Source:
  • Ethical Hacker: $101,165
  • Penetration Tester: $102,405
  • Security Engineer: $111,691
  • Cyber Security Manager: $132,180
  • Security Architect: $153,751
  • Chief Information Security Officer: $170,928
Facebook Security Engineer Salary
The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at Facebook is $172,333 with $86k as the lowest known and $260k as the highest known Facebook Security Engineer salary as of June 2022.
Technical Program Manager at Facebook
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Amazon Security Engineer Salary
The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at Amazon is $309k with a $175k base, $24k stocks, and a $110k bonus, as of June 2022. It also varies quite a bit with levels as shown in the table below:
Technical Program Manager at Amazon
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Apple Security Engineer Salary
The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at Apple is $171,805 with $86k as the lowest known and $260k as the highest known Apple Security Engineer salary as of June 2022.
Technical Program Manager at Apple
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Netflix Security Engineer Salary
The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at Netflix is $158,015 with $141,267 as the lowest known and $176,750 as the highest known Netflix Security Engineer salary as of June 2022.
Technical Program Manager at Netflix
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Google Security Engineer Salary
The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at Google is $156,731 with $79k as the lowest known and $258k as the highest known Google Security Engineer salary as of June 2022.
Technical Program Manager at Google
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Salary Details of Security Engineers at Other Tier-1 Companies
Knowing the Technical Program Manager's salary details for other tier-1 companies can help you evaluate your options better. We’ve curated the salaries associated with each of these companies at different levels:
  • Uber: The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at Uber is $162,253 with $82k as the lowest known and $267k as the highest known Uber Security Engineer salary as of June 2022.
  • Twitter: The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at Twitter is $147,841 with $129,639 as the lowest known and $168,599 as the highest known Twitter Security Engineer salary as of June 2022.
  • LinkedIn: The average annual salary of a Security Engineer at LinkedIn is $128,593 with $103,500 as the lowest known and $159,771 as the highest known LinkedIn Security Engineer salary as of June 2022.
Technical Program Manager at Tier-1 Companies
Average compensation by level

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How to enroll for the Security Engineering Interview Course?

Learn more about Interview Kickstart and the Security Engineering Interview Course by joining the free webinar hosted by Ryan Valles, co-founder of Interview Kickstart. You can also talk to our program advisors to get additional program-related details.
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