Security Code Auditor Jobs

What is a secure code auditor?

A security code auditor reviews the source code of an organisation’s security systems to identify weaknesses, bugs or flaws. They are also responsible for ensuring that the code follows relevant standards and operates as expected.

What does a security source code auditor do?

Key roles include leading the audit of a business’ source code, producing reports on the analysis and making suggestions as to ways any issues identified can be resolved effectively.

The typical duties of a source code auditor include:

  • Planning and undertaking the audit

You will be expected to plan the audit and then examine every line of code for defaults, weaknesses or any other issues. You may also be required to review third-party code and open source libraries called by the organisation’s code as part of this process.

  • Monitoring and creating a report

While undertaking the audit, you will need to create an accompanying report. This report should provide details of any issues that you find and make recommendations on software or strategies the company could implement which would help to resolve them.

  • Assisting the business in implementing recommended changes

You will be expected to deliver your report to other senior members of the business, clearly breaking down for them the risks to the business and the right methods of security going forward. You will then also likely be expected to assist in the planning and development of the new solutions, including source code changes, new software introduction and other security measures you feel are necessary.

What is the average salary of a code auditor?

Due to the highly specialised nature of this role, salary data is difficult to come by and will likely vary from company to company and depend greatly on your experience. https://www.payscale.com states the average ‘auditor’ salary is £29,000 in the UK, with the lower 10% making £19,000. In the US, the average ‘auditor’ salary is $55,000 and the lower 10% average is $40,000.

What qualifications do I need?

Typically, you will be expected to have a degree in computer science, computer engineering, mathematics or a related field. You may also want to consider a specialised master’s degree, but this is not essential.

Some well-recognised related professional qualifications include:

  • CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)
  • CPT (Certified Penetration Tester)
  • OSCP (Offensive Security Certified Professional)
  • CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

How do I become a security code auditor?

Security auditors often take on many other roles, including penetration or vulnerability testers. This is a mid-level job so you may want to start with a role in cyber security such as security developer to gain some experience.

This is a role which requires you to have excellent attention to detail to spot an issue in every single line of code. In addition, knowledge of multiple coding languages is essential. These include C, C++, C#, PHP, Python and Ruby.

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