ICT security specialist

What they do

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.

Specialisations include: Information Technology Security Manager

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.

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.

How do I become one?

Education and training

To become an ICT security specialist, you usually need to complete a formal qualification in network security, cyber security, computer science or similar.

The Advanced Diploma in Network Security is offered at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations in Western Australia. You may also require at least three years' relevant work experience in the field of information and communications technology (ICT). Browse the Jobs and Skills WA and My Skills websites to find a training provider near you.

You can work as an ICT security specialist without a degree. Relevant vendor certifications and five years' relevant work experience may substitute for a formal qualification.

You can complete a degree majoring in cyber security, cyber forensics, computer science or a related field. Most universities in Western Australia offer relevant courses. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information.

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