ICT Security Specialist

Also known as: Cyber Security Officer

Job Role: Set up, manage and administer rail organisations’ ICT security policies and procedures.

Job insights

Skills required to be a ICT Security Specialist

  • Strong communication skills
  • Work under pressure
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to assess and plan

Job role

Inspecting, testing and monitoring, Maintain and repair equipment, Instruct and coordinate staff, Administrative tasks, Identify and manage risks, Digital, data and systems management, Interpret and evaluate technical information

Female ICT security specialist checking her laptop in a room of compuer systems

The role

ICT Security Specialists set up and manage rail organisations’ ICT security policies and procedures to minimise the risk of internal and external security threats.

Tasks include:
• analysing, installing and maintaining software security applications.
• liaising with security vendors, suppliers, service providers and external resources.
• meeting with customers/teams to understand their needs.
• taking responsibility for the processes, procedures and operational management of system security and disaster recovery planning.
Female ICT security specialist checking her laptop in a room of compuer systems
Skills required

Skills required to be an ICT Security Specialist

  • Knowledge of relevant operating systems, software and programming
  • Logical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Excellent organisation, time management and prioritisation
  • Good troubleshooting abilities
Entry pathways

Minimum requirements 

Generally, ICT Security Specialists are required to have a bachelor or postgraduate degree in a related information technology field such as network security, computer science or cyber security.

Training may also be available through Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses such as Certificate IV in Information Technology, the Advanced Diploma of Information Technology.

There are also a wide range of vendor and industry certifications available that may substitute for formal qualifications and can be highly regarded by employers.

Employers may require relevant work experience in the field of ICT.

Career progression
Flow chart showing a possible career progression for an ICT Security Specialist.
What do I do next?

What do I do next?

For more information on becoming an ICT Security Specialist: 

  • find out more about ICT Security Specialists on the Work in Rail website
  • talk to your careers adviser 
  • check out programs available at your local TAFE or university
  • if you already work in rail, talk to your employer.
Meet the people

Meet Hannah

Female ICT security specialist sitting in front of computer screens.

Hannah Rice had a degree in contemporary performance and theatre studies when she went back to study a Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security). She now works as a  Cyber Security Officer for the Public Transport Authority, Western Australia.

Read about her journey here.

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