Cyber Security and ICT

Sector Snapshot

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$6 billion

expected annual revenue by 2026

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758,700

expected employees by 2023

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$1.35 billion

investment into cyber security by the Federal Government

The industry

Cyber Security and ICT is a growing industry in Australia.

As technology increasingly becomes an accessible part of everyday life and businesses undergo digital transformations, the cyber security and ICT workforce continues to grow.

Increasing cyber crime is also driving the growth of the cyber security sector, which is expected to grow to $6 billion in revenue by 2026.

Cyber Security and ICT is a part of every Australian industry, from health to construction, fashion to agriculture. 

The workers

Australia’s ICT workforce was 663,100 strong in 2017, up 3.5 per cent from 640,800 in the previous year.

The same source predicts that the workforce will grow to a high of 758,700 by 2023.

Because cyber security and ICT are integral to so many industries, people employed in such jobs work across diverse industries.

According to JobOutlook, workers in ICT and cyber security jobs are mostly male.

But Victoria—and Melbourne in particular— is a leading hub for women in technology.  

The future of Cyber Security and ICT

The Cyber Security and ICT industry will likely grow thanks to a number of key drivers.

Businesses and organisations across the country are embarking on the great digital transformation that will update and improve services with technology.

Another driver is the increase in malicious cyber attacks against governments and private companies globally.

In response to a 2020 attack by a “sophisticated state-based actor,” the Australian Government added $156 million to the existing $230 million Cyber Security Strategy.

This funding will build cyber resilience and expand the cyber security workforce.

The federal government later followed this up with a dedicated $1.35 billion to enhance cyber security capabilities and assistance over the next decade.

This package, known as the Cyber Enhanced Situational Awareness and Response (CESAR), is the nation’s largest ever investment in cyber security.

“The package will put our nation on the front foot in combating cyber threats and our investment in a cyber security workforce will help ensure we have the people we need to meet future cyber challenges,” Minister for Defence Senator Reynolds said.

In terms of regions, Victoria is the leading state for cyber security.

Victoria has many of the nation’s leading cyber centres and institutions and educates most of the country’s ICT graduates.

Melbourne has been described as a “city of opportunity” for ICT and cyber security. 

Jobs

According to JobOutlook, most jobs in ICT and cyber security demonstrate strong future growth.

This means there will be no shortage of job opportunities in the next five years, and probably longer.

Some Cyber Security and ICT occupations include:

  • ICT Support Technician
    • Hardware Technician
    • ICT Customer Support Officer
    • Web Administrator
    • Other ICT Support
  • Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialist
    • Database Administrator
    • ICT Security Specialist
    • Systems Administrator
  • Computer Network Professional
    • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
    • Network Analyst
    • Network Administrator

Qualifications

According to JobOutlook, you usually need a bachelor degree or VET qualification for Cyber Security and ICT careers.

To become a computer network professional, VET qualifications are the minimum, but you usually need a bachelor's degree.

The same holds true for jobs as database and systems administrators, and ICT security specialists.

To become an ICT support technician, you don’t need a degree or qualification. But you must demonstrate your competencies to a potential employer, and for that a degree, certificate or diploma can be helpful.

Box Hill Institute offers 16 accredited courses in IT and Cyber Security.

Eight of these courses are funded through Job Trainer, while the Certificate IV in Cyber Security is a part of Free TAFE.

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