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Current or Former Security Engineers, Security Analysts, Application Security Engineers, Security Architects, Security Support Engineers
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Application, System or Network Support Engineers
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Cloud Security/Support Engineers

Course curriculum

System Design
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3 weeks
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3 live classes
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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
2

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
Security Engineering
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5 weeks
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5 live classes
1

Applied Cryptography

  • Comprehensive coverage of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography techniques to keep digital communication secure : RSA, ECC, DS6, AES
  • Discussion on ideal Cryptography outcomes: Confidentiality, Authenticity, Integrity, and Non-repudiation
  • Discussion on non-trivial questions:
  • If you had to both encrypt and compress data during transmission, which would you do first, and why?
  • How can one perform an MITM attack on all HTTPS traffic? Is it even possible?
  • Can you describe rainbow tables?
  • What makes encryption techniques tough to crack?: Avalanche effect, Hash functions, Hash collision
  • Common mistakes you can do during interviews: Encryption vs Encoding, Encryption vs Hash Functions
  • How can you authenticate a user who is accessing your system? : In depth working of Kerberos, SAML, OAUTH 2.0, JSON Web Token and PKI(Public Key Infrastructure)
2

Network Security

  • Comprehensive coverage of network components - ARP, IP & MAC, Protocols, Firewall, TCP, OSI layers, etc.
  • Important interview questions on secure Wi-Fi connection, pre-shared key, firewalls and many other network components
  • How to secure DNS and DHCP servers? Get pro tips on server hardening. Get to know some interesting follow-up questions: 
  • How does DNS name resolution work in networks?
  • What is the BIND service in linux?
  • What does the hosts file do in a windows system?
  • How to detect and respond to intrusions? - Discussion on Intrusion detection system
  • Solve tough problems: Challenging assignments on DNS poisoning, SYN/ACK flood attack
3

Cloud Security

  • Comprehensive coverage of different stages where data needs to be protected:
  • Data-at-rest
  • Data-in-transit
  • Data-in-use
  • Discussion on most pressing issues with PaaS (cloud): Data security, Integrations, Customisation of legacy systems, Vendor lock-in
  • Deep dive into common cloud configuration issues: Granting public access to data, disabled logging and monitoring
  • The interview focused on open-ended assignments and challenging questions:
  • As a consultant how would you improve client’s cloud security posture?
  • How would you secure a cloud containerised environment?
  • Why is tagging important when it comes to cloud environments?
  • Biggest challenges to security of cloud : Distributed Denial-of-Service attack (DDoS), its types and mitigation strategies
  • Key principles to keep your cloud secure: logging and monitoring, cloud native security tools like AWS GuardDuty 
4

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+ interviews)
  • Case studies on application security flaws:
  • Link Shortening
  • IDOR
  • User-Facing Authentication
  • Discussion on important security frameworks to keep your application secure:
  • STRIDE
  • CHIRPS
5

Security Themed Coding, Code Reviews

  • What are some of the checkpoints and best practices to develop more secure code? Discuss various strategies to write better code: 
  • Data/Input Validation
  • Output Encoding
  • Session Management
  • Access Control
  • Reducing attack surface and many other checkpoints
  • Comprehensive coverage of attack vectors and common software vulnerabilities - How to stay updated with latest vulnerabilities? 
  • How does Threat Modeling help with making secure code - A deep dive into three threat modeling techniques
  • Interview-relevant strategies: Learn to do Attack Tree analysis, a method to model the threats against a system in a graphical easy-to-understand manner
  • Additional methods to mitigate security risks in code to impress your interviewer:
  • Code Signing
  • AppLocker, Code Integrity, and IPE
  • Code Repository Authentication
  • Pentest team
  • Interesting open-ended interview questions: 
  • Why would you use modular design vs. resiliency design?
  • Tell me how code can be written in an insecure manner.
  • Is it possible for vulnerabilities to exist if each separate system is secure?
Career Coaching
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3 weeks
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3 live classes
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Interview Strategy and Success

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Behavioral Interview Prep

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Offers and Negotiation

Support Period
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15 mock interviews

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Take classes you missed/retake classes/tests

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1:1 technical/career coaching

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Interview strategy and salary negotiation support

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Course curriculum

System Design (Optional)
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3 weeks
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3 live classes
1

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
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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
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Stream Processing Systems

  • Case Studies: on APM, Social Connections, Netflix, Google Maps, Trending Topics, YouTube
Cyber Security Engineering
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7 weeks
Air-play
7 live classes
1

Applied Cryptography

  • Comprehensive coverage of symmetric and asymmetric cryptography techniques to keep digital communication secure : RSA, ECC, DS6, AES
  • Discussion on ideal Cryptography outcomes: Confidentiality, Authenticity, Integrity, and Non-repudiation
  • Discussion on non-trivial questions:
  • If you had to both encrypt and compress data during transmission, which would you do first, and why?
  • How can one perform an MITM attack on all HTTPS traffic? Is it even possible?
  • Can you describe rainbow tables?
  • What makes encryption techniques tough to crack?: Avalanche effect, Hash functions, Hash collision
  • Common mistakes you can do during interviews: Encryption vs Encoding, Encryption vs Hash Functions
  • How can you authenticate a user who is accessing your system? : In depth working of Kerberos, SAML, OAUTH 2.0, JSON Web Token and PKI(Public Key Infrastructure)
2

Network Security

  • Comprehensive coverage of network components - ARP, IP & MAC, Protocols, Firewall, TCP, OSI layers, etc.
  • Important interview questions on secure Wi-Fi connection, pre-shared key, firewalls and many other network components
  • How to secure DNS and DHCP servers? Get pro tips on server hardening. Get to know some interesting follow-up questions: 
  • How does DNS name resolution work in networks?
  • What is the BIND service in linux?
  • What does the hosts file do in a windows system?
  • How to detect and respond to intrusions? - Discussion on Intrusion detection system
  • Solve tough problems: Challenging assignments on DNS poisoning, SYN/ACK flood attack
3

Cloud Security

  • Comprehensive coverage of different stages where data needs to be protected:
  • Data-at-rest
  • Data-in-transit
  • Data-in-use
  • Discussion on most pressing issues with PaaS (cloud): Data security, Integrations, Customisation of legacy systems, Vendor lock-in
  • Deep dive into common cloud configuration issues: Granting public access to data, disabled logging and monitoring
  • The interview focused on open-ended assignments and challenging questions:
  • As a consultant how would you improve client’s cloud security posture?
  • How would you secure a cloud containerised environment?
  • Why is tagging important when it comes to cloud environments?
  • Biggest challenges to security of cloud : Distributed Denial-of-Service attack (DDoS), its types and mitigation strategies
  • Key principles to keep your cloud secure: logging and monitoring, cloud native security tools like AWS GuardDuty 
4

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+ interviews)
  • Case studies on application security flaws:
  • Link Shortening
  • IDOR
  • User-Facing Authentication
  • Discussion on important security frameworks to keep your application secure:
  • STRIDE
  • CHIRPS
5

Security Themed Coding, Code Reviews

  • What are some of the checkpoints and best practices to develop more secure code? Discuss various strategies to write better code: 
  • Data/Input Validation
  • Output Encoding
  • Session Management
  • Access Control
  • Reducing attack surface and many other checkpoints
  • Comprehensive coverage of attack vectors and common software vulnerabilities - How to stay updated with latest vulnerabilities? 
  • How does Threat Modeling help with making secure code - A deep dive into three threat modeling techniques
  • Interview-relevant strategies: Learn to do Attack Tree analysis, a method to model the threats against a system in a graphical easy-to-understand manner
  • Additional methods to mitigate security risks in code to impress your interviewer:
  • Code Signing
  • AppLocker, Code Integrity, and IPE
  • Code Repository Authentication
  • Pentest team
  • Interesting open-ended interview questions: 
  • Why would you use modular design vs. resiliency design?
  • Tell me how code can be written in an insecure manner.
  • Is it possible for vulnerabilities to exist if each separate system is secure?
6

Incident Response & Management

  • Answer questions such as -
  • Using a SIEM of your choice, how would you write a query which alerts on a successful login after several failed logins?
  • How would you secure [Company’s] corporate networks? You can use whatever tools and software you want.
  • Congratulations, you’re a hacker now. How would you break into the network you just secured?
  • Comprehensive coverage of attack vectors and common software vulnerabilities - How to stay updated with latest vulnerabilities? 
  • Key interview relevant topics-
  • Threat Assessment
  • Threat Actors & Motivations
  • Advanced Persistent Threats
  • Threat Assessment, Incident Management, & APTs
  • Working With Threat Assessment
  • Intrusion Detection & Analysis
  • Detection & Analysis At Scale
  • SecOps at Big Tech
  • Example Queries (Mandiant Query Language)
  • Incident Response & Management
  • IR&M At Big Tech
  • Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT)
  • Incident Management Plan
  • Incident Management: Respond to Incidents
7

Python Scripting for Security

  • Scripting Examples & Analysis
  • Python for Scripting & Automation
  • Parsing Information
  • Handling Files & Data with Python
  • Proactive Python
  • Python for Threat Response & Automation
Career Coaching
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3 weeks
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3 live classes
1

Interview Strategy and Success

2

Behavioral Interview Prep

3

Offers and Negotiation

Support Period
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6 Months
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15 mock interviews

2

Take classes you missed/retake classes/tests

3

1:1 technical/career coaching

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Interview strategy and salary negotiation support

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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.
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Akshar R

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EM - Cybersecurity
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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 code-review round
  • 1-2 system design/core security rounds
  • Behavioral round

What to Expect at Security Engineering Interviews?

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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.
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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.
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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 code-review 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:
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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.
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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?
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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 skills do you think a security engineer has to have the most?
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 Path

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 about the career progression and role of a Cyber Security Engineer.
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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
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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.
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Career Roadmap for a 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 is $20,347. Finally, the average total compensation for a Security Engineer 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: glassdoor.com)
  • 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
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.
Technical Program Manager at Facebook
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
IC3
$137K
$107K
$21K
$11K
IC4
$204K
$212K
$37K
$18K
IC5
$289K
$212K
$72K
$32K
IC6
$376K
$212K
$119K
$18K
amazon
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. It also varies quite a bit with levels.
Technical Program Manager at Amazon
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
L4
$136K
$104K
$26K
$9K
L5
$187K
$137K
$34K
$18K
L6
$256K
$159K
$78K
$22K
L7
$398K
$182K
$198K
$36K
apple
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.
Technical Program Manager at Apple
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
ICT3
$213K
$151K
$43K
$19K
ICT4
$276K
$179K
$74K
$24K
ICT5
$390K
$210K
$147K
$33K
netflix
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.
Technical Program Manager at Netflix
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
Sr. SW. Engineer
$305K
$275K
$14K
$13K
google
Google Security Engineer Salary
The average annual salary of a entry-level Security Engineer at Google is $156,731 with $79k as the lowest known and $258k as the highest known salary.
Technical Program Manager at Google
Average compensation by level
Level name
Total
Base
Stock (/yr)
Bonus
L3
$173K
$121K
$38K
$17K
L4
$230K
$143K
$62K
$25K
L5
$297K
$170K
$94K
$32K
L6
$389K
$200K
$139K
$50K
dollor
Salary Details of Security Engineers at Other Tier-1 Companies
Knowing the Security Engineer's salary details for other Tier-1 companies can help you evaluate your options better. We’ve curated the entry-level 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Technical Program Manager at Tier-1 Companies
Average compensation by level
L3
L4
L5
L6
Microsoft
$173K
$174K
$193K
$274K
Uber
NA
NA
$312K
NA
Twitter
NA
NA
NA
$298K
LinkedIn
NA
$215K
NA
NA
Average
$154K
$212.6K
$282.6K
$308.75K

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