Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (E-Security)
This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to manage complex and high-level ICT security systems and components. The qualification has a robust ICT technical base with appropriate security units aligned to the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and the IT Security Essential Body of Knowledge (EBK).
CISSP is an independent information security certification governed by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC).
EKB is a Competency and Functional Framework for IT Security Workforce Development. The EBK characterises the IT security workforce and provides a national baseline representing the essential knowledge and skills that IT security practitioners should have to perform specific roles and responsibilities.
The US Department of Homeland Security's (DHS), National Cyber Security Division worked with subject matter experts from government, the private sector, and academia to develop an umbrella framework that establishes a national baseline representing the essential knowledge and skills IT security practitioners must have to perform their jobs. The IT Security EBK builds directly on established work and is not intended to represent a standard, directive, or policy by DHS. Instead, it further clarifies key IT security terms and concepts for well-defined competencies, identifies notional security roles, and defines primary functional perspectives to help advance the IT security training and certification landscape as we strive to ensure that we have the most qualified and appropriately trained IT security workforce possible.
In previous versions of the ICA05 Training Package, the security of networks and systems was a priority and a number of units in the areas of risk management, websites and privacy were developed. These have been included in Advanced Diploma core along with several more traditional Property Services security units. A number of server, network and interface electives are offered to allow a further level of specialisation as required. The facility for selecting electives from ICA05 and other Training Packages enables other ICT oriented skill areas (e.g. programming or database development) or broader business units to be included.
New units relating to e-security have been added at AQF level 4 that complement and extend security as a more holistic approach throughout the 'systems life cycle'. A new unit, ICAS6254A Manage IT security, has been added to the core units at the AQF level 6 to provide a holistic approach to management of e-security.
Consideration should be given to selecting these units as electives where they are relevant to workplace roles.
This qualification also provides a logical next step as a capstone qualification for ICT Diploma graduates particularly those that have progressed through the networking stream and AQF 3 to AQF 5 pathway. This qualification is particularly relevant to those that have developed technical specialisations in networking but an emphasis on the E-security units at the Diploma level. It is also possible to transition from other Diploma qualifications (e.g. Software Development or Systems Analysis and Design or Website development or General) if an appropriate selection of electives have been chosen especially with a focus on the E-security units.
An appropriate pathway for this qualification is from the ICA50408 Diploma of Information Technology (Networking)
Possible job titles include:
Database Security Expert
ICT Security Consultants
ICT Security Specialist
Information Risk Manager (IRM)
Internal Computer Audit Specialist
IT Security Analyst/Engineer
IT Security Specialist
Lead Security Analyst
Senior Software Engineer (Security)
Systems Security Analyst
Web Security Administrator