Security Consultant Kaitohutohu Whakamarumaru

Security consultants identify security weakness in information technology (IT), advise organisations on IT security, and design IT security systems.

Security consultants may choose to become certified or chartered through associations such as the Institute of IT Professionals.

Security consultants may do some or all of the following:

  • take the lead in identifying cyber security gaps
  • create risk assessment policies
  • monitor network security and report on issues
  • research, cost, design and implement new or improved network systems and platforms
  • manage responses to cyber attacks and ensure damage to the security of information is kept to a minimum
  • supervise other staff and oversee any changes to network security
  • keep up to date with the latest cyber security threats and solutions.

Physical Requirements

Security consultants spend a lot of time using computers, so they need to know how to use computer equipment properly to avoid occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

Useful Experience

Useful experience for security consultants includes: 

  • work in entry-level IT jobs such as information technology helpdesk/support technician
  • on-the-job training through IT internships and graduate recruitment programmes
  • hacking experience gained through study or hacking conferences
  • working on individual IT projects such as setting up your own penetration testing lab or assembling computers.

Personal Qualities

Security consultants need to be:

  • creative and imaginative, as they need to design new security systems
  • analytical thinkers and problem solvers
  • detail-oriented and curious
  • good at seeing the big picture, to examine solutions and problems from all sides
  • skilled communicators
  • skilled leaders and negotiators.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for security consultants includes: 

  • work in entry-level IT jobs such as information technology helpdesk/support technician
  • on-the-job training through IT internships and graduate recruitment programmes
  • hacking experience gained through study or hacking conferences
  • working on individual IT projects such as setting up your own penetration testing lab or assembling computers.

Subject Recommendations

A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include digital technologies, maths, physics and English.

For Year 11 to 13 students, the Gateway programme is a good way to gain industry experience.

Security Consultants can earn around $92K-$137K per year per year.

Chances of getting a job as a Security Consultant are good due to a shortage of people interested in this type of work.

Security consultants may progress into roles such as:

  • security architect
  • security manager
  • IT project manager
  • security director
  • chief information and security officer (CISO).
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