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Careers in cyber security

A lucrative industry with dynamic jobs growth

Malicious cyber activity is growing worldwide, driving a dramatic increase in demand for cyber security solutions. Over the next decade the Australian cyber security industry is forecast to almost triple in size. This growth translates into an additional 11,000 jobs.

Plan to be where the Information Technology (IT) jobs of the future are. Start your training with us now in a discipline which is in high demand, well paid, highly skilled and dynamic.

What courses are available?

South Metropolitan TAFE offers cyber security at Certificate III and IV levels as well as a specific Advanced Diploma in Cyber Security. 

ICT30115    Certificate III In Information, Digital Media And Tech (Cyber Security)
22334VIC   Certificate IV in Cyber Security
22445VIC Advanced Diploma in Cyber Security


What will I learn?

It's anticipated that on course completion graduates will have gained the relevant knowledge and skills to enable them to:

  • Monitor the risk of cyber security attacks
  • Implement appropriate software defences and responses
  • Use a range of tools and procedures to mitigate cyber security threats
  • Protect an organisation from insider security breaches
  • Implement best practice for identity management
  • Evaluate an organisation’s compliance with relevant cyber security standards, laws and codes of practice
  • Evaluate and implement security protection devices and software
  • Manage a cyber security environment
  • Assess and secure cloud services
  • Perform digital forensic investigations on workstations and mobile devices.

Job outcomes from the Certificate IV include:

  • cyber security paraprofessional supporting the operation of large, small and medium enterprise computing environments
  • computer helpdesk technician
  • cyber security intrusion tester
  • cyber security support officer
  • security penetration tester
  • information systems security support officer
  • systems tester
  • PC support
  • network security support officer
  • network security trainee
  • website security support officer

What skills are required?


You must have strong analytical skills. You have to be able to study computer systems, assess any potential risks, and consider possible solutions.


You should educate users, explaining to them the importance of cyber security, and how to protect their data. Strong oral and written communication skills are important.


Creativity is critical for the Cyber Security specialist. You must be able to anticipate cyber attacks, always thinking one step ahead of a cyber threat. This kind of forward thinking takes creativity.

Detail Oriented

Many threats to cyber security are hard to detect. You have to be focused on the details of a security system, noting any minor changes, and foreseeing any potential problems, however small.

IT Knowledge

Threats to cyber security are always changing, as are solutions. You have to constantly update your knowledge on the latest data-protection news, cyber-security legislation, and practices and techniques.

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Where will I study?

Murdoch campus - part of the Murdoch health and knowledge precinct

Our cyber security courses are delivered in brand new facilities opened by the Minister for Workforce Training and Development in March as part of the stage 4 Murdoch campus project.

The Murdoch campus is centrally located to the Murdoch health and knowledge precinct, making it the ideal location for cyber security training. South Metropolitan TAFE has associations with industry associations such as the Australian Computer Society, Australian Information Security Association and Health Informatics Society of Australia. These relationships see our Murdoch campus hosting regular events for students and staff to participate in knowledge sharing, industry projects and networking in the cyber security industry.

Murdoch campus is within easy walking distance of a range of public transport options including train and bus. We recommend students take advantage of the excellent public transport choices and leave their vehicle at home. Visit our Smart Travel page for more information.

Thornlie campus - a centre for IT excellence

Students in cyber security qualifications at both campuses enjoy access to industry relevant equipment in our newest IT training facility, allowing students to get hands-on with the latest technologies to prepare them for a cyber security career. Exposure to industry relevant technology, including but not limited to, MS Server 2016, Azure Cloud Platform, Kali Linux, and CISCO ASAs Exposure to IT Security frameworks including, but not limited to, SABSA, Security+ and CCNAS.

Our Thornlie campus is a Centre for IT Excellence, giving students access to specialist teaching staff across all disciplines, specialist server facilities and project collaborations with students in other IT courses such as programming, games, media and networking.

The Thornlie campus enjoys excellent free parking options, onsite cafeteria and student lounge, basketball court and free wifi, all set amongst lush, garden-like surroundings.

Want to apply?

Applications are now open for Semester 2, 2019. View the course pages and then apply online below.

Or, express your interest in cyber security to have one of our training area staff contact you to discuss your cyber security future. 

Cyber Security training for your business!

South Metropolitan TAFE can now also provide training for your work place!

South Metropolitan TAFE's Murdoch campus now has a state-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre, which offers industry certification courses for your workplace including:

  • Full simulation training in critical incident response
  • Security operations centre training
  • SIEM training 
  • Testing of new SIEM’s and hardware configurations  
  • Red vs Blue teaming   

Contact us through the button below to speak to someone regarding cyber security industry training for your workplace. 

Page last updated May 21, 2019