Cybersecurity Engineer Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Cybersecurity Engineer interview, here are 20 interview questions and answer examples.

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What are the differences between vulnerability assessment and penetration testing?

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List of 20 Cybersecurity Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

  1. 1.

    What are the differences between vulnerability assessment and penetration testing?

  2. 2.

    Please define a firewall and describe how it is used.

  3. 3.

    How does data leakage occur, and how can it be prevented?

  4. 4.

    What are some ways to prevent identity theft that you recommend?

  5. 5.

    What is Cryptography, and what are some common practices used in this discipline?

  6. 6.

    Can you explain the difference between Symmetric and Asymmetric Encryption?

  7. 7.

    What are IDS and IPS, and how do they differ?

  8. 8.

    In the field of cybersecurity, what does 'CIA' stand for, and what are some of its characteristics?

  9. 9.

    How is a three-way handshake used to secure network communications?

  10. 10.

    How is traceroute used in the practice of cybersecurity?

  11. 11.

    What are the two main types of intrusion detection systems, and how do they differ from each other?

  12. 12.

    Can you walk me through the steps used to set up a firewall?

  13. 13.

    What is SSL encryption, and how does it differ from TLS encryption?

  14. 14.

    What four common techniques are employed when using SSL protocol to secure a server?

  15. 15.

    Can you describe what a brute force attack is and steps you can take to prevent it?

  16. 16.

    Please define port scanning and describe some of the common techniques used when performing it.

  17. 17.

    Describe the OSI model and each of its layers.

  18. 18.

    What is a VPN, and how is it used to secure a network?

  19. 19.

    What are the differences between black hat, white hat, and grey hat hackers?

  20. 20.

    What is a MITM attack, and what are some techniques you can use to prevent it?