An ICT Security Specialist 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. They ensure the security and protection of an organisation's computer networks and systems.
|Major Group: 2||Professionals|
|Sub-Major Group: 26||ICT Professionals|
|Minor Group: 262||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists|
|Unit Group: 2621||Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists|
- - Information Technology Security Manager
|Weekly Earnings||AUD 1932|
|Work full-time hours||92%|
|Growth expected in the next 5 years||Very Strong|
|Gender share||14% Female, 86% Male|
|Average full-time||42 Hours|
|Skill level rating||Very high skill|
|Average Age||Males: 40.0|
- - Security Administrator
Skill Priority in 2023
This occupation is NOT included in the 2022 Skills Priority List.
Occupation List Information
|Occupation on the Skill list||Occupation not on the Skill List|
|Combined Skilled Occupations List (STSOL MLTSSL)||Labor Market Testing Required for 457 List (LMTL)|
|Short-Term Skilled Occupation List (STSOL)||Medium Long Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)|
|Labor Market Testing Required for 457 List (LMTL)|
Unit Group: 2621 DATABASE AND SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATORS, AND ICT SECURITY SPECIALISTS
Occupations in Unit Group 2621
- - Database Administrator 262111
- - ICT Security Specialist 262112
- - Systems Administrator 262113
Unit group 2621 includes Database and Systems Administrators and ICT Security Specialists as specified by the ACS ANZSCO Code Occupation List. These professionals play a crucial role in ensuring the smooth operation and security of an organisation's computer systems and networks.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics and Department of Immigration and Border Protection
Skill Level Requirement
Skill Level: 1
To be a successful ICT Security Specialist, one should possess strong technical skills in security solutions, risk assessment, security audits, and disaster recovery planning. Additionally, good communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills are also essential. A degree in computer science, information technology, or a related field is typically required, along with relevant certifications such as Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) or Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).
Skills Assessment Authority
ACS (Australian Computer Society)
ACS aims to promote the growth and development of the ICT industry in Australia, as well as support and advocate for the interests of its members.
|ANZSCO||OCCUPATION||SKILLS ASSESSMENT||189||190||485||491 (STATE)||491 (FAMILY)||186 (DIRECT)||407 (TRAINING)||494 (REGIONAL SPONSORED)||482 (TSS MEDIUM TERM)|
|262112||ICT Security Specialist||ACS|
Task to Perform for ICT Security Specialist
- Developing and implementing security policies and procedures
- Identifying and addressing vulnerabilities and threats to the organisation's networks and systems
- Conducting risk assessments and audits to identify security gaps
- Developing and implementing disaster recovery and business continuity plans
- Responding to security incidents and investigating security breaches
- Monitoring and analysing security logs and alerts to detect potential security breaches
- Implementing and managing security solutions, such as firewalls, antivirus software, and intrusion detection systems
- Collaborating with other IT professionals ensures the organisation's networks and systems meet security standards and regulations.
- PROFESSIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SERVICES (28.0%)
- FINANCIAL AND INSURANCE SERVICES (16.4%)
- PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY(23.9%)
- INFORMATION MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS (7.5%)
- OTHER INDUSTRIES (21.8%)
|English Requirement||Minimum Score|
|IELTS||6 (L, R, W)|
|TOEFL iBT (L, R, W, S, Overall)||12, 13, 21, 23, 93|
|PTE Academic (L, R, W, Speaking, Overall)||50, 65, 65|
- Australian graduate exceptions may apply to certain states and territories, which can provide some relief for international graduates regarding work experience requirements for specific occupations.
- Some states and territories may have particular requirements on their Priority Skilled Lists that must be met for a trade to be eligible for sponsorship or nomination.
- IELTS or OET exemptions may apply to UK, Canada, New Zealand, US, and Ireland citizens regarding English proficiency.
- All other applicants' English proficiency must meet the licensing/registration criteria or a minimum IELTS/equivalent level, whichever is higher.
- Computer forensics
- Data Encryption
- Database design
- Database implementation
- Database Management Systems – (Relational Database, Object Oriented Database, RDBMS)
- Information security
- Information Systems security
- Internet and the Web
- Internet forensics
- Network security
- Operating systems – (Unix, Linux, Xenix, Network OS)
- Client Server Technology
- Computer networks
- Critical Path Method
- Data Communications
- Data policy
- Data structures
- Distributed Systems
- File Processing
- Introduction to ICT – (Introduction to Computer Science, Computer Theory, Introduction to Business Computing, Computer Science I)
- Project Management
- Quality management – (Quality Assurance, Software Quality)
- Testing strategies and methods
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