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How do I become a Cyber Security Analyst?

Are you thinking about taking the next step in your career and like working with technology, working independently and have a high level of accuracy? If this sounds like you, an Australian Traineeship in Cyber Security might be the perfect step for your career.

What is a Cyber Security Analyst?

A Cyber Security Analyst protects company hardware, software, and networks from cyber criminals. The analyst's primary role is to understand company IT infrastructure in detail, monitor it at all times, and evaluate threats that could potentially breach the network.

Is a career in Cyber Security right for me?

Is a career in Cyber Security right for me?

Before committing to an apprenticeship, it's important to do your research to find out if Cyber Security is suited to you. As well as educational prerequisites, there a few personal qualities that will help you determine if the job is right for you:

- Sound analytical skills
- Communication
- Able to collaborate
- Attention to detail
- Information technology knowledge

How do I find a job as a Cyber Security Analyst?

If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find an apprenticeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.

It is also advised to network with others in the industry and connect with employers. Watch Rohan share how he found a traineeship position in this video. Watch him talk about his traineeship journey while studying a Certificate IV in Cyber Security.

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What can I expect to be doing as a Cyber Security trainee?

A Cyber Security traineeship includes a range of on-the-job and off-the-job training. Over the course of the traineeship, you will learn about different aspects of the job. This will help you build the necessary skills and knowledge to operate independently in the future.

Through on-the-job and off-the-job training, you will learn to:

  • Research new security technology to decide what will most effectively protect your organisation
  • Report directly to upper management and work with the organisation’s computer and information systems manager or Chief Information Technology Officer (CIO) to design security or disaster recovery systems
  • Monitor an organisation’s networks for security breaches and investigating violations
  • Install software, such as firewalls and data encryption programs, to protect sensitive information
  • Recommend security enhancements to management or senior IT staff
  • Help computer users when they need to install or learn about new security products and procedures

During your apprenticeship, you may be trained and assessed in the following:

  • Analyse and present research information
  • Implement and monitor WHS policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements
  • Contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an ICT environment
  • Write script for software applications
  • Communicate information
  • Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security
  • Test concepts and procedures for cyber security
  • Recognise the need for cyber security in an organisation
  • Implement network security infrastructure for an organisation
  • Develop a cyber security industry project
What are my career outcomes?

What are my career outcomes?

There are endless opportunities and career pathways once you complete your traineeship. As well as owning your own business, as a Cyber Security Analyst, you may go on to pursue the following career paths:

- Security Specialist
- Cryptographer
- Incident Responder
- Security Manager