Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)


This qualification provides the skills and knowledge for an individual to be competent in planning, technical design, implementation and management of complex and high level ICT network security systems and components. The qualification has a robust ICT technical base with appropriate security units imported from other Training Packages.

Within previous ICT Training Packages, 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.

Job Roles

Possible job titles include:

Database Security Expert

Database Security Expert

E-Risk Manager

E-security Specialist

ICT Network Specialist

ICT Security Consultants

ICT Security Specialist

Information Risk Manager (IRM)

Internal Computer Audit Specialist

IT Security Administrator

IT Security Analyst/Engineer

IT Security Specialist

Lead Security Analyst

MCSE&CCNE Systems/Network Administrator

Network and Systems Manager

Network Engineer

Network Security Analyst

Network Security Specialist

Network Specialist - Technical Lead

Security Administrator

Security Engineer

Senior Network Administrator

Senior Software Engineer (Security)

Systems Security Analyst

Web Security Administrator


Qualification Structure

To attain the ICA60208: Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security) 17 units must be achieved:

8 core units; plus

9 elective units

Achieve 8 Core from the following 9 Units

Core (9 Units, choose 8)

add topic BSBEBUS605A Identify and implement e-business innovation

add topic ICAA5044C Develop system infrastructure design plan

add topic ICAA6052B Design an IT security framework

add topic ICAA6053B Design system security and controls

add topic ICAI5152B Implement risk management processes

add topic ICAI6187B Implement change management processes

add topic PRSTS301A Identify technical security requirements

add topic PRSSM504A Prepare security risk management plan

add topic PSPPM601B Direct complex project activities

Achieve 4 Elective Units Chosen from the ICA60208 Electives list below which have not previously counted in a Diploma qualification


add topic ICAA5045C Produce network architecture design

add topic ICAA5056B Prepare disaster recovery and contingency plans

add topic ICAA5141C Design and develop dynamic websites to meet technical requirements

add topic ICAA5145B Identify best-fit topology for a wide area network

add topic ICAA5245A Evaluate RFID systems

add topic ICAA5246A Design an RFID implementation

add topic ICAB5159C Build a security shield for a network

add topic ICAB5160C Build and configure a server

add topic ICAB5237B Build a highly secure firewall

add topic ICAB5238B Build a high performance security perimeter

add topic ICAI5098C Install and manage complex networks

add topic ICAI5100C Build an internet infrastructure

add topic ICAI5176C Install and configure router

add topic ICAI5197B Install and maintain valid authentication processes

add topic ICAI5250A Develop, implement and evaluate system and application security

add topic ICAI5252A Develop, implement and evaluate an incident response plan

add topic ICAI5253A Implement and evaluate systems for regulatory and standards compliance

add topic ICAS5192B Configure an internet gateway

add topic ICAS5199B Manage business websites and servers

add topic ICTTC168A Design and implement an enterprise VoIP&unified communications network

Achieve 5 Elective Units Chosen from the Following Sources, which have not previously counted in a Diploma qualification (Listed in Recommended Order)

ICA60208 Electives list; and/or

ICA05 Information and Communications Technology Training Package or BSB07 Business Services Training Package at Diploma or Advanced Diploma; and/or

any other Training Package at Advanced Diploma (to a maximum of 3 units) based on documented industry or enterprise needs


    Not Applicable

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

The following units contain the basic fundamentals of ICT knowledge and skills for all qualifications at Certificate III in IT and above. These units or demonstrated equivalence are required for entry into this qualification:

BSBCMN106A Follow workplace safety procedures

ICAD2012B Design organisational documents using computing packages

ICAU1128B Operate a personal computer

ICAU2005B Operate computer hardware

ICAU2006B Operate computing packages

ICAU2013B Integrate commercial computing packages

ICAU2231B Use computer operating system

ICAW2001B Work effectively in an IT environment

ICAW2002B Communicate in the workplace

Licensing Information

Not Applicable

Employability Skills

Employability Skills Summary

ICA60208 Advanced Diploma of Information Technology (Network Security)

The following table contains a summary of the Employability Skills required for a Security Consultant. The Employability Skills facets described here are broad industry requirements that may vary depending on qualification packaging options.

Employability Skill

Industry requirements for this qualification include:


articulating complex security scenarios in a clear, concise manner relevant to all levels of the organisation

documenting information related to attacks, threats, risks and controls in a security plan

using report writing skills for business requiring depth in some areas, and analysis and evaluation of information in a defined range of areas, for example when documenting recommendations for improvement and referring them to appropriate technical specialists


managing group facilitation and presentation skills in relation to transferring and collecting information, for example when senior management and auditor approval is obtained for the design of the controls

reviewing the security strategy with security approved key stakeholders

Problem Solving

developing controls and contingencies to alleviate security threats

taking corrective action on system implementation breakdowns

using problem-solving skills for an evolving complex scenario of security threats

Initiative and Enterprise

developing new criteria, applications, knowledge and procedures

generating ideas at an abstract level through the analysis of information and concepts

identifying and applying skill and knowledge areas to a wide variety of contexts, with depth in some areas

Planning and Organising

developing security plans

planning for controls and contingencies when designing an IT secuirty framework


having accountability and responsibility for self and others in achieving workplace outcomes

taking responsibility for own outputs in relation to broad quantity and quality parameters


having knowledge of current industry accepted hardware and software products, including broad knowledge of security features and capabilities


identifying technology needs, sourcing, purchasing, installing, configuring and testing components including software and hardware

using technological capability assessment skills involving analysis, diagnosis and evaluation, for example when evaluating various products against architecture requirements to determine the best IT solution, and for estimating current and future capacity requirements and evaluating against client's future requirements