Career Exploration: Software Engineer vs. Security Engineer
We continue our career exploration series where we bring experts with similar titles but different functional roles and responsibilities.
One thing that's common between both roles is the design and development of programs within their organizations. Security Engineers develop programs that are aimed at enhancing the security of the organization’s technical infrastructure while Software Engineers work on coding different applications and programs for the organization and its users.
In this session, we will address the differences in the day-to-day duties of Software Engineers and Security Engineers to help you decide which career path is right for you!
Some of the topics that will be covered:
Skills that are in common and need to be held by all tech engineers and skills that are specific to each role
How to decide which path is best for you and steps to take to help you choose your first employer
Ways to develop a mindset for long term success
Prepare for interviews at top companies in the Silicon Valley
Any questions you may have about both career paths
About the panelists:
Wael is currently a lead Security Engineer at VMware in Palo Alto, California. Throughout his career, he has held various roles at Lending Club, Medallia, and Cisco Systems in Network and Security Engineering. Before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area he worked in Canada and Dubai as a Network Engineer. His personal interests range from privacy and distributed computing to travel, music, and weightlifting.
Mohammad Hajjat is currently at Facebook leading a stealthy project for Instagram, Whatsapp, Facebook, and Oculus. Before that, he established and led the team for building the Cloud OS at CloudSimple startup, which got acquired by Google. Prior to that, he was an early engineer in Microsoft Azure where he helped scale and build fast and private connections to the cloud via ExpressRoute. Mohammad holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from Purdue University, and his research areas expand into Cloud Computing, Distributed Systems, and P2P.
If any of these points resonate with you, make sure you don’t miss this session. Prepare your questions for the panel and take the first step towards kickstarting your career
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