How to become a cyber security analyst

Help keep organisations safe from cyber threats by securing and protecting their systems, devices and data.

Begin your cyber security career

Here’s what to learn to become a cyber security analyst.

  1. It’s important to have a thorough understanding of IT fundamentals before commencing your cyber security career. Start with a bachelor degree in computer science, information systems or information technology.
  2. You can then specialise in cyber security with a relevant postgraduate degree. Try a short graduate certificate or take things all the way with a masters degree. There are many online degrees in cyber security to consider you’d like to work in the industry while studying.
  3. It’s also a good idea to complete relevant industry certifications, such as Security+, Network+, CCNA, CISSP or Certified Ethical Hacker.

 

What does a cyber security analyst do?

Cyber security analysts keep computer systems secure to protect them from cyber threats like malware, phishing and data theft. They may work directly for an organisation as part of the IT team or as a consultant with a specialist cyber security firm.

They must understand their organisation’s IT infrastructure inside and out in order to monitor for attacks, evaluate threats and resolve security breaches. Most of their work is preventative, and educating people about best information security practices such as password management is a big part of the role. Cyber security professionals also advise organisational leaders on security policy and make contingency plans in case of a security event.

Duties and tasks

Cyber security specialists have a wide range of responsibilities, including:

  • Monitoring and analysing threats
  • Detecting and responding to incidents
  • Conducting security assessments and audits
  • Testing information systems for security weaknesses
  • Maintaining software, firewall and network updates
  • Recommending and implementing new technology and processes
  • Developing cyber security policies and procedures
  • Promoting a culture of cyber security awareness and best practice
  • Providing technical leadership, expertise and quality assurance

Industry bodies

Australian Computer Society (ACS)

ACS is Australia’s largest professional association for people in the technology sector, representing over 48,000 members. Joining gives you access to networking events, further training, online learning resources, a research library and mentoring programs.

Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC)

The ACSC is the Australian Government’s lead agency for cyber security. It monitors global cyber threats and provides timely advice on how individuals, businesses and organisations can protect their cyber safety.

Australian Information Security Association (AISA)

AISA is Australia’s professional membership association for cyber security professionals. It offers a range of benefits to its 8,500 members, and hosts the annual Australian Cyber Conference.

Information Technology Professionals Association (ITPA)

ITPA is an Australian membership association for IT professionals. Members get access to short courses, industry discounts and online forums.

AustCyber

AustCyber is an industry-led not-for-profit tasked with developing Australia’s national cyber security sector and growing the number of professionals in the industry. Check out their website for training resources, news and events and opportunities to obtain industry funding.  

Cyber security jobs

Australia’s cyber security industry is growing at a rapid pace. You will find cyber security jobs advertised on SEEK, LinkedIn, Indeed, through ACS and AISA (membership required) and through IT recruitment companies.

Jobs to look out for include:

 

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