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Network Security Engineer

Find out how to become a network security engineer and work in the information technology industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Network Security Engineer is $103,700 - 153,500 annually

What does a Network Security Engineer do?

Network security engineers work with larger organisations to ensure the security of network related hardware and software including network monitoring tools, VPNs and firewalls.

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What are the key skills of a Network Security Engineer?

Network security engineers design, implement and monitor a range of tools to ensure network security. Their work requires specialist knowledge.

  • Ensure the smooth running of server and network architecture
  • Provide solutions for arising security issues such as viruses
  • Implement a regular and effective system of testing to maintain security
  • Oversee the installation of new system components
  • Write policies for system security and ensure adherence to these
  • Deal with security breaches as they occur

How to become a Network Security Engineer

If you're interested in pursuing a career as a Network Security Engineer, you'll need to have a bachelor's degree majoring in computer science, software engineering, or cyber security. Due to the technical nature of the role, this is the minimum educational requirement.

We recommend studying a ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security)  as this is great starter course if you're looking to build fundamental skills in cyber security, which can prepare you for further study to pursue the role of Network Security Engineer.

Quick facts

Working as a network security engineer allows you to regularly use and update your high level technical skills whilst making important decisions.

Employment for Network Security Engineers is set to grow strongly over the next five years.

  • Average Hours Worked
    42 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 44 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Job Growth
    Set to grow strongly over the next five years, as of 2020. 

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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