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Network Security Specialist

Find out how to become a network security specialist 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 Specialist is $80,000 - 110,000 annually


Network security specialists are responsible for the procurement, set up and maintenance of hardware and software systems designed to ensure network security. Employment for network security specialists to 2019 is expected to show strong growth. Employment in this large occupation remained stable over the last five years.

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Key skills

Network security specialists take responsibility for a range of systems and operating procedures that contribute to network security.

  • Liaise with other managers to promote good security practices and explain security procedures
  • Work with external suppliers to source hardware and software solutions to network security issues
  • Deploy, test and maintain security systems such as VPNs, firewalls and email security
  • Ensure that hardware and software are well maintained and able to deal with security requirements
  • Generate performance and failure reports from a range of monitoring activities
  • Ensure that current network system security is suitable for future requirements

Quick facts

Working as a network security specialist will utilise your excellent information technology and analysis skills to solve problems and make organisation-wide decisions.

  • Average Hours Worked
    38.9 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Information technology
  • Average qualification level
    32.6% Bachelor degree

* 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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