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ICT security specialist

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Summary of occupation

​ICT security specialists focus on protecting an organisation's data. They develop safe electronic storage for data, ensure that data transactions are monitored, and monitor networks for security breaches. They also assist in developing secure mobile access so that information can be safely accessed remotely via mobile devices. They create policies about how staff may transmit company information using devices such as USB drives or external online data services.

In Western Australia, ICT security specialists are employed in areas such as the finance sector, police and law enforcement, and defence and intelligence.

ANZSCO description: Establishes, manages and administers an organisation's ICT security policy and procedures to ensure preventive and recovery strategies are in place, and minimise the risk of internal and external security threats.
Alternative names: Security administrator
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Job prospects: Average
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Knowledge, skills and attributes

​An ICT security specialist needs:

  • a passion for ICT security and new technologies and developments within the ICT industry
  • to be technically minded
  • strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • excellent communication skills
  • effective organisational and time management skills
  • the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
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Working conditions

​ICT security specialists usually work in an office environment. They may meet with clients outside the office to install security software, and may also provide training to staff regarding security issues. ICT security specialists may be required to attend industry exhibitions to update their knowledge and skills. They usually work business hours but may work longer hours during busy times.

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Salary details

​On average, ICT security specialists can expect to earn between $1 250 and $1 923 per week ($65 000 and $100 000 per year), depending on the organisation they work for, and their level of experience. As an ICT security specialist develops their skills, their earning potential will generally increase.

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Tools and technologies

​ICT security specialists use computers to develop and oversee database management systems for organisations. They may build firewalls and install antivirus software on company servers and computers. They often set up security policies that regulate staff access to information in the office or remotely using a smartphone, laptop or home computer.

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Education and training/entrance requirements

​To become an ICT security specialist you usually need to complete a degree majoring computer security, cyber security or cyber forensics and information security.

Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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Apprenticeships and traineeships

As an apprentice or trainee, you enter into a formal training contract with an employer. You spend most of your time working and learning practical skills on the job and you spend some time undertaking structured training with a registered training provider of your choice. They will assess your skills and when you are competent in all areas, you will be awarded a nationally recognised qualification.

If you are still at school you can access an apprenticeship through your school. You generally start your school based apprenticeship by attending school three days a week, spending one day at a registered training organisation and one day at work. Talk to your school's VET Co-ordinator to start your training now through VET in Schools. If you get a full-time apprenticeship you can apply to leave school before reaching the school leaving age.

If you are no longer at school you can apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship and get paid while you learn and work.

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Recognition of prior learning

If you think you already have some of the skills or competencies, obtained either through non-formal or informal learning, you may be able to gain credit through recognition of prior learning.

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