Cyber security specialists design, develop and test cybersecurity software applications and systems. They ensure the seamless integration of these systems to protect sensitive and highly classified military information. 

These specialists establish and manage comprehensive security policies and procedures, utilising preventive strategies to identify and defend against malicious cyber threats. They work collaboratively with IT departments and intelligence agencies, staying vigilant through ongoing monitoring and implementing effective incident response measures to ensure the resilience of defence systems.

Other Occupation Titles

Cyber security analyst
ICT security consultant
Network security specialist

Skilling opportunities

VET pathways

These qualifications provide pathways to higher education and achieving your desired occupation.

  • 22603VIC – Certificate IV in Cyber Security
  • 22610VIC – Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security
  • ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology
  • ICT60220 – Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber security)

Find these on the course list. 

Tertiary pathways

To become a cyber security specialist, you usually need to study a Bachelor or higher in:

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Cyber Security

Indicative salary range

Low end – $90,000
High end – $160,000

Source: Kinexus Defence Industry Insights Tenth Edition.

Low end salary is based on positions with 1–3 years of experience, and High end salary is based on 15–20 years of experience.

Total Salary Package = Full-time annual equivalent of base salary or rate plus statutory superannuation and any other remuneration applicable to the role (before tax).

Salaries may vary based on scope and level of responsibility. Certain occupations may experience higher total salaries than listed due to receiving bonus or commission payments.

Denotes occupations where the salary has been inferred based on the salary range for occupations with a similar skill set.

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