New TAFE cyber security training launched


The federal government has teamed with TAFEcyber to better train experts to guide federal government departments, critical infrastructure, and industry to improve their cyber security.

The nation’s top cyber security agency, the Australian Signals Directorate, has developed a new cyber training course that will be delivered nationally by TAFEcyber from August this year.

The Essential Eight Assessors Course is a three-day course that will equip participants to assess the cyber security of organisations, using the Essential Eight Framework designed by ASD’s Australian Cyber Security Centre.

These eight mitigation strategies are the most effective approach to help entities protect themselves against various cyber threats.

The Minister for Cyber Security Clare O’Neil said the government had a goal of being the most cyber secure nation by 2030.

She said: “We need to develop the skills needed to keep Australia safe. This course will put key cyber security skills in workplaces across our country, making Australian businesses harder targets and making our economy and society more resilient.

“All Australians need to be aware that their data, and the data they work with is a valuable asset that we all have a role in protecting. We need to work together to meet this new national security threat.”

The TAFEcyber training course, along with the Infosec Registered Assessors Program (IRAP) training course, forms part of a comprehensive cyber security training catalogue which will continue to build and develop a specialised national cyber workforce.

Targeted at participants who already hold a minimum Certificate IV qualification in a related field and have at least two years’ industry experience, the course will be delivered from August through TAFEcyber – a consortium of 11 TAFEs from across the country.

This rollout follows a pilot at the Canberra Institute of Technology, Reid.

Picture: Clare O’Neil

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