• Skilling South Australia

Cyber security traineeship launches

AIIA chairman Dino Rossi welcomes TAFE SA’s new Certificate IV in Cyber Security, Adelaide. PICTURE: Mike Burton/The Advertiser.

Courtesy of The Advertiser.

Rising community concerns around the increasing level of threat to cyber security have created a need for training programs to fill predicted future jobs in this industry, an Australian Information Industry Association spokesman says.

A new Certificate IV in Cyber Security began at TAFE this term – a Skilling South Australia initiative and a key action of the South Australian Government Cyber Security Strategic Plan 2018-2021.

AIIA Education Special Interest Group chairman Dino Rossi said the introduction of a cyber traineeship as an alternative vocational pathway was valuable because, as people continued to be interconnected with various technological devices, it would create a demand for skill sets in this area. “If you think about all of the devices, the information and interconnectedness of everything – whether it’s the mobile phone, computer or social media – has increased,’’ he said. “We know that government and business are progressively interacting, interconnecting and utilising the internet, (and) the levels of threats are increasing.

“The assets of businesses and government need to be protected.

“The need for cyber security skills in our industry has increased significantly.’’

Mr Rossi said that, in the past, pathways into cyber security had been restricted, with only components included in undergraduate programs. Traditionally, the program has been available by upskilling via a Master’s course in universities.

“What’s been missing is a lot of the entry-level type programs,’’ he said. “This is where the Certificate IV in Cyber Security is really a nice entry point for either people who might be working in industry and want to do a short course to upskill, or people who are entering the workforce – perhaps as school leavers or those who want an alternative career pathway. So it does fill a gap.’’


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