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What It Takes to Become an Application Security Engineer

Application security engineers earn more money than application engineers and are in high demand, but the job requires additional training in security.


Jeff Williams became an application security engineer in the late 1990s, before it was a common job title. 

"General Electric came to my company and said, 'We like your data centers, but we need every line of code reviewed for security before it goes on the internet,'" he recalled. "The sales team quickly said, 'Sure!' Everyone else took a quick step backwards and I got the job of figuring out how to deliver."

That meant learning how to do penetration testing, security code reviews, secure coding training, application security architecture, and threat modeling, he said.

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