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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 $100,500 - 136,800 annually

What does a Network Security Specialist do?

Network security specialists are responsible for the procurement, set up and maintenance of hardware and software systems designed to ensure network security.

Read more about the information technology industry.

What are the key skills of a Network Security Specialist?

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

How to become a Network Security Specialist

If you want to become a Network Security Specialist, you'll typically need a bachelor's degree in systems administration, network design, or database management.

To get started in this career option, we recommend studying a ICT50220 - Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security) as this course can give you the opportunity to develop useful transferable skills like problem-solving, analytical thinking skills, and leadership.

You'll also learn how to manage network security, perform cyber security risk assessments, and analyse and interpret threat data.

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.

Employment for Network Security Specialists is set to grow strongly over the next five years, as of 2020.

  • 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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