Firewall engineers design, build, and manage the security infrastructure of information technology (IT) systems. This includes installing hardware, configuring firewalls, setting up virtual private networks (VPNs), and adding upgrades. Despite the strong technical focus of the job, firewall engineers also engage with clients, relaying information about the project and troubleshooting all issues discovered. They are proficient in change management and disaster response, and they actively apply policies and standards to all projects. While they spend most of their time in front of a computer, they often function within a team of other engineers, and they may work shifts at irregular hours to perform maintenance at unobtrusive times or resolve critical issues.