The NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node (NSWCSIN) and TAFE NSW today announced the launch of an online cyber security training program to help workers retrain and upskill during COVID-19.
Nine industry-aligned training modules have been designed to meet current and emerging industry needs and will provide new and existing workers with the specialist skills they need to succeed in the growing cyber security sector.
TAFE NSW Head of Technology and Business Services SkillsPoint, Dr Geethani Nair said: "These micro-learning modules will be available online and have been identified in collaboration with NSWCSIN. They draw on our nationally accredited Certificate IV in Cyber Security qualification.
"These modules will provide skills across a range of topics including detecting, protecting and responding to cyber-attacks. They are perfect for those looking to retrain, upskill and set themselves apart in the workplace."
Each module will cost between $100 and $200 and count towards the completion of the Certificate IV in Cyber Security. This initiative is the second phase of the NSWCSIN Cyber Security Talent Accelerator program committed to future-proofing Australia's workforce and meeting the needs of industry.
"Australia's cyber security sector has a severe shortage of job-ready workers. This is why we have partnered with TAFE NSW to deliver in-demand training, so that businesses have the pipeline of talent they need," said Neville Stevens, AO, Chair, NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node.
NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said that the NSW Government is proactively taking next steps to increase the number of skilled workers to help Australia's cyber security industry thrive. "There is a huge demand for skilled cyber security workers, with AustCyber estimating the need for 17,000 cyber security professionals across Australia by 2026," said Dr Lee. "This initiative will allow students to study remotely and take advantage of TAFE NSW's practical, innovative learning modules to gain the practical skills they need to succeed in the cyber security industry."
NSW Minister for Jobs, Investment, Tourism and Western Sydney, the Hon Stuart Ayres MP, has also welcomed the announcement, saying: "The modules are just one way we are taking advantage of the huge economic growth opportunity in cyber security within NSW and to develop the local cyber security industry into a globally competitive and innovative ecosystem. Cyber skills are essential to meet the existing and future demands of the digital economy and the NSWCSIN is ensuring that we harness opportunities for growth."
AustCyber CEO, Michelle Price, said the online training offered by TAFE NSW will help Australia meet the cyber security skills gap we are facing right now, delivered in a way that addresses the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on traditional learning methods.
"This online course is a significant contribution to national efforts to address current and emerging cyber industry needs and, importantly, broadens the ways potential cyber security workers can access a career in this critical industry.
"It builds on the established partnership between AustCyber and TAFEs across the country to deliver a nationally consistent, industry focused set of vocational qualifications in cyber security."
AustCyber has described the economic growth opportunities as well as the skills needed to deliver on the industry's potential in Australia's Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Australia is supporting the program locally. HPE South Pacific Managing Director Stephen Bovis said: "Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Australia is very proud to support this new and critical initiative that puts cyber security at the forefront of NSW industry. The program gives organisations across NSW the capability to up-skill and re-skill their people, while being flexible, to support their business needs. We look forward to working with NSWCSIN and TAFE NSW to roll out and develop the program."
TAFE NSW is now taking enrolments at https://www.tafensw.edu.au/cyber-security