ICT Security Specialists establish, manage and administer organisation's ICT security policies and procedures to ensure preventive and recovery strategies are in place, and to minimise the risk of internal and external security threats.

Specialisations: Information Technology Security Manager.

You can work as an ICT Security Specialist without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Tasks

  • Accepts responsibility for the processes, procedures and operational management associated with system security and disaster recovery planning.
  • Liaises with security vendors, suppliers, service providers and external resources.
  • Analyses, recommends, installs and maintains software security applications and monitors contractual obligations, performance delivery and service level agreements.

More about Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

All Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security

  • $1,932 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

ICT Security Specialists

  • 4,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 92% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 42 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 14% female Gender Share

The number of people working as ICT Security Specialists (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 2,700 in 2011 to 4,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Location: ICT Security Specialists work in many parts of Australia. The Australian Capital Territory has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (92%, much higher than the average of 66%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 42 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 14% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services28.7
Public Administration and Safety24.5
Financial and Insurance Services16.8
Information Media and Telecommunications7.7
Other Industries22.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateICT Security SpecialistsAll Jobs Average
NSW35.531.6
VIC30.425.6
QLD11.820.0
SA4.77.0
WA5.410.8
TAS0.52.0
NT0.31.0
ACT11.41.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketICT Security SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.7-5.05.0
20-243.9-9.39.3
25-3427.7-22.922.9
35-4436.6-22.022.0
45-5421.8-21.621.6
55-595.2-9.09.0
60-642.6-6.06.0
65 and Over1.6-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationICT Security SpecialistsAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.2-10.110.1
Bachelor degree40.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma12.4-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV8.8-21.121.1
Year 1211.6-18.118.1
Year 111.3-4.84.8
Year 10 and below2.5-12.512.5

You can work as an ICT Security Specialist without formal qualifications if you are able to demonstrate your technical competency to employers. There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers. However, most workers do hold a VET or university qualification.

Membership with information technology associations or peak bodies may be useful.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • additional IT certifications offered by peak bodies, industry associations and vendors

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

  • Search and compare thousands of higher education courses, and their entry requirements from different institutions across Australia at Course Seeker website.
  • Compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes on the QILT website.
  • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
  • You might be interested in Information and Communications Technology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

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Employers look for Database & Systems Administrators & ICT Security who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong computer literacy.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    91% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  2. Education and Training

    70% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  3. Telecommunications

    69% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  4. Engineering and Technology

    62% Skill level

    The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  5. Administration and Management

    58% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1122.00 - Information Security Analysts.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic Mail

    100% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  2. Face-to-Face Discussions

    98% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  3. Contact With Others

    97% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  4. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    94% Important

    How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

  5. Being Exact or Accurate

    92% Important

    How important is being very exact or highly accurate?

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 15-1122.00 - Information Security Analysts.

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