Discover the educational and skills requirements to becoming an ethical (or “white hat”) hacker. Learn about salary potential, future industry growth, and main areas of employment.
Using the same tactics and tools as malicious hackers (or “black hat” hackers), “ethical” hackers break into a business’ network systems, pinpointing its vulnerabilities and weaknesses in order to fix them before they’re left vulnerable to criminal intent.
Ethical hackers will scan an organisation’s systems, seeking entry points for potential attacks. They also check for hijacked servers, web applications, or cracked wireless encryptions. When issues are found, they fix them immediately to prevent further criminal exploits. These professionals also ensure all patch installations are up-to-date, and attempt to evade Intrustion Prevention (or Detection) Systems to ensure all are working as required.
Those working in ICT security can expect industry growth in the coming years, with an expected increase of 43,900 workers in 2018 to 47,300 by 2023.
- Well-versed in security tools, practices, and common methods of hacking to ensure the utmost protection of business networks
- A sound understanding of common programming languages – can help in automating tasks or exploring errors left by developers (leading to potential security threats)
- Knowledgeable in “social engineering” tactics – used to manipulate users in providing confidential data
- Perceptive in exploring potential network issues with skills in complex problem-solving
- Knowledgeable in how network systems work, and how environmental or operational changes impact it
- Excellent communication skills; required in relaying network issues with business owner and employees, and ways of mitigating them
Employment for database and systems administrators and ICT security is large, with weekly earnings higher than the all-jobs average (these tend to be lower when starting out – increasing as experience grows). Most work full time, with opportunities across many regions of Australia.
$57,000 – $108,000 (Median: $77,000)*
Average Weekly Hours
41 hours (vs. all jobs average of 44 hours)*
*Source: Job Outlook
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Financial and Insurance Services
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