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One in four Australians are hit with cyber crime

An ethical hacker specialises in penetration testing, to ensure an organisation’s information systems are secure. They’re hired to hack the company’s network (ethically) and prevent any cyber threats or attacks.

Key responsibilities of an ethical hacker:

Audit and perform security tests on current networks

Report on vulnerabilities and provide recommendations in securing systems

Analyse security policies and make suggestions on improvements

Maintain all security tools and technologies

Work with senior stakeholders to improve company processes

The current national average salary for a cyber security specialist is $200,000.

An ethical hacker is an engaging and lucrative role. The need for people with these skills is growing, so you’ll be in high demand across multiple industries. There are often opportunities to work remotely or from home, with plenty of opportunities to travel. Because global corporations hire for this role, you’ll have the chance to work for some of the world’s most well-known companies.

Did you know that a cyber security breach causes 29% brand damage, 21% loss in productivity and a 19% loss in revenue?

An ethical hacker will have a background and some knowledge in networking and security. However, getting certified as an Ethical Hacker is a popular career path for all IT and cyber security professionals. 

EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker certification sets the standard for what the world has come to expect from ethical hacking cyber security courses. With this certification, among others, you’ll gain the skills and experience needed to become an ethical hacker.

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Average salary after completing

Average Salary
IT Security Analyst
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Chief Security Officer
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You can earn an average of $180,000.00 a year

Average salaries for cyber security professionals sitting at $117,000, with the potential to earn up to $239,000 annually

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