The Cyber Security Review, led by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, recently revealed that cybercrime is costing the Australian economy up to $1 billion per year. The good news for ICT experts, particularly those with cyber security analyst skills, is that the sector is in dire need of ICT experts. In fact, Australia is expected to need up to 17,600 additional cyber security workers by 2026.
The Cyber Security Analyst Program will provide IT specialists who are responsible for securing and analysing IT assets, with the skills and knowledge required to build IT defence systems and safeguard valuable information from cyber criminals.
Why Become an Ethical Hacker?
- Australia is an attractive target for serious and organised crime syndicates due to its relative wealth and high use of technology including online banking, social media and government services. As a result, cybercrime threat is persistent due to the possible lucrative financial gains for serious and organised crime syndicates.
- Cybercrime is diverting funds from the ‘legitimate’ Australian economy to the’ illegitimate economy’. In addition, cybercrime causes other serious issues, including damage to personal identity and reputation and the loss of business or employment opportunities.
- Cybercrime affects everyone from big businesses whose systems are catastrophically compromised to individuals who have their identities stolen. Regardless, many organisations (and people) have been reticent when it comes to protecting their digital security.
- Cyber security analysts don’t just have technical skills – ‘soft’ skills like communication, and project and risk assessment management skills are also commonly acquired.
- According to the Australian Government’s Job Outlook, full-time workers with cyber security analyst jobs can command up to $1,900 per week on average.
- Your new job title could be Security Administrator, Information Security Officer, Cyber Security Analyst or Cyber Security Consultant.
- These experts are usually employed by IT-specific organisations or as part of the IT department; however, with suitable experience, freelancing is also an option.
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