FifthDomain, AustCyber and the Canberra Institute of Technology were announced as the winners of the Industry Collaboration Award at last night's ACT Training Awards, held at the National Museum of Australia.
Currently, there is a shortage of skilled cyber security workers around the world. Projections from Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2018, published by the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber), suggest this shortage could reach 18,000 within the next decade.
The collaborative approach taken to establish the ACT Cyber Security Skills Accelerator was born from a need to form a team to research and build sustainable cyber training, resources, programs and facilities for the Australian workforce.
Set the task of finding a solution to the cyber security skills shortage by industry leaders, the collaboration now provides the ACT with end-to-end cyber security training and supports and shares knowledge with TAFE institutions across Australia.
With a focus on increasing opportunities for the ACT workforce, traineeships in cyber security are now available along with the addition of an Advanced Diploma in 2020.
The collaboration between FifthDomain, AustCyber and CIT is fluid and sees the three organisations working together across different networks but coming together to address challenges in developing sustainable training programs, demonstrating the advantage of the VET and industry relationship when each partner works to its strength.
Matt Wilcox, CEO and Founder of Canberra-based cyber education and training start-up FifthDomain said, “The cyber skills shortage is a problem of the modern age. Cyber is one of the first industries requiring an out-of-the box approach to education and training because the threat landscape moves so quickly. It's also an area that demands a mix of theoretical and hands-on experience.”
Michelle Price, CEO of AustCyber said, "We were excited to partner with Fifth Domain and CIT to establish the ACT Cyber Security Skills Accelerator. This is a great example of the education sector and industry coming together to help address the workforce shortage by building a pipeline of skilled cyber security professionals that Australian employers need.”
CIT's Director of Industry Engagement and Strategic Relations, Jayne Miller, is delighted with the result this collaboration has delivered to students and teachers.
"We are leading the way in cyber education in the vocational education sector. We started with no students in entrance level cyber security training at the beginning of 2018, and now have over 400 students enrolled in the full qualification or standalone units of competency.
“Last year, we also opened the doors of the Technical Security Operations Centre – a sector first which will provide students with the opportunity to work in simulated environments, and really prepare them well for the workforce," said Ms Miller.
"Using FifthDomain's technology to deliver standardised content has saved our teachers time when setting up virtual environments and we can now gather metrics against a skills framework to ensure our students are learning the skills they need to fill cyber roles."
All organisations agree that industry and the education sector need to work together, so education content is aligned with the needs of the growing workforce.
"With a background in the operations environment, I understand what works and what doesn't regarding training and the existing and emerging workforce. It's been a great experience working with CIT to shape their curriculum and content," said Mr Wilcox.
Ms Miller added, "We wouldn't have had the success we've had without working with FifthDomain and AustCyber. We’re committed to continuously improving the learning journey of cyber students – which is really special.”
More activities are planned between the three organisations for 2020.
About FifthDomain: FifthDomain is a specialist cyber security education and training company tackling the global cyber skills shortage. Their cyber education and training platforms deliver high-speed, on-demand and customisable learning environments with just a browser.
About CIT: The Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) has an impressive 90-year history providing technical and further education in the ACT and surrounding area. CIT delivers training to over 25,000 students each year, touching more lives post-secondary school than any other tertiary education institution in the ACT.
About AustCyber: The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber) supports the development of a vibrant and globally competitive Australian cyber security sector and in doing so, enhances Australia’s future economic growth in a digitally enabled global economy. AustCyber works to align and scale Australian cyber security research and innovation related activities in the private sector, research community, academia and across Australian governments.