Cyber careers, training and events

Developing your career in cyber

Are you interested in a career in Cyber Security?

There are many roles in Cyber Security, and many different career backgrounds can position you for a career in Cyber Security. Cyber Security officers are focused on ensuring the security of information, and to do this they consider three key aspects of information security:

Confidentiality - Who has access to the information, and should they have access?

Integrity - Can the information be trusted, or could someone tamper with it?

Availability - Can I find and use the information I need, when I need it?

Cyber Security needs to be built into systems, it needs to be a part of processes, and it needs to be understood and important to people so they treat information with care and security in mind. It isn't about stopping people using information, but it is about ensuring they can get to the information they need, and they can trust it when they do.

Because of this, Cyber Security officers may focus on many different aspects of security, including among other things:

  • ensuring systems that are developed or deployed have appropriate security architecture in place, including strong technical controls
  • configuring and managing application, network and storage systems
  • ensuring that the business processes that use and modify information are designed with security in mind and that risks are identified and managed
  • raising awareness of cyber security, training staff on appropriate policy and workplace behaviours including day to day actions that they can take that ensure that the information they use is kept secure
  • resolving security incidents or analysing data looking for suspicious trends or events
  • testing systems to find and resolve vulnerabilities.

Cyber Security officers can therefore come from a range of backgrounds, including strong technical roles in technology and network support, application design, policy development, organisational change management and communications, risk management, data analysis, problem management, or enterprise or solution architecture just to name a few.

More than a specific background, to be successful in Cyber Security you need to have a passion for security and a desire to continually learn and develop new skills. See below to discover more on how to become a Cyber Warrior.

This function provides leadership, management, direction or development and advocacy to enable the organisation to effectively conduct cyber security work.

What happens here?

This function provides leadership, management, direction or development and advocacy to enable the organisation to effectively conduct cyber security work.

What happens here?

This function conceptualises designs and builds systems and solutions with responsibility for development of secure system designs and architectures.

What happens here?

Internal to government training

The CSU periodically offers training and events for agencies on various topics at little or no cost. Use the links below to see what training is currently available and review previous training material. Please note CSU training and material is only available to Queensland Government employees (login to view).

External training and career development opportunities

Information security is both a broad and deep topic. It brings together skills from a number of different disciplines focused on both human and technological factors. Continuous learning is critical to maintain and hone skills and knowledge to stay ahead of adversaries.

If you wish to expand your career, there are multiple options open to you outside of Queensland Government. Below is a list of courses to help you on your way and information about career paths if you want to become a Cyber Warrior.

In March 2021, AustCyber launched AUCyberscape which contains information that allows individuals to explore career pathways and education opportunities in cyber security.

Additional training available

These courses can help you develop your skills and put you on the right path to a career in information security/cyber security

Certifications

  • CISM Certified Information Security Manager
  • CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • CISSP Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certification
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) Certification
  • CRISC Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
  • CCSP Certified Cloud Security Professional
  • Security+
  • SANS GISF
  • SANS GSEC

Courses

  • TAFE QLD Cert IV in Cybersecurity
  • TAFE QLD Adv. Diploma in Cybersecurity
  • Bachelor of Science – Cyber Security by Edith Cowan University
  • Bachelor of Computing and Cybersecurity by UNSW
  • Bachelor of Cybersecurity and Behaviour by University of Western Sydney
  • Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security by Charles Sturt University

Frameworks

  • ISO 27001 LI and ISO 27001 LA
  • ISO 31000
  • ISO 20000


Last Reviewed: 24 May 2021