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Careers in cyber security

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.

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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.

Analytical

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

Communication

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

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.
 

Our cyber security courses are delivered in specialist cyber security facilities at Murdoch campus, with satellite facilities at Rockingham and Thornlie campuses allowing students to engage remotely in teams.

Students in cyber security qualifications enjoy access to industry relevant equipment in our newest IT training facility, the Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) where students get hands-on with the latest technologies to prepare them for a cyber security career. Students can access industry relevant technology such as MS Server 2016, Azure Cloud Platform, Kali Linux, and CISCO ASAs and can gain exposure to IT Security frameworks including SABSA, Security+ and CCNAS.

The Murdoch campus is centrally located to the Murdoch health and knowledge precinct, making it the ideal location for cyber security training. SM 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 and networking in the cyber security industry.

There is the capacity to be invited to participate in industry driven projects, providing students with the opportunity to work alongside an industry partner and deliver a high end security products.

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.

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

Cyber security courses

Explore our cyber security courses using the filter options below.

National ID: 22445VIC
State ID: BCZ09
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
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Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security

A para-professional qualification designed to deliver job-ready skills leading to career as a cyber security expert.

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Join the ranks of cyber professionals & get ready for a ‘job of the future’

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.

Be the one of the first in WA to study a para professional qualification designed to deliver job-ready skills leading to specialisation as a cyber security expert. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills that will equip them to provide a comprehensive set of technical services beyond networking!

Gain these skills:

  • perform security risk assessments for an organisation
  • 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

Full-time attendance is equivalent to three days a week. 

Is this course right for you?

To be successful in this course it is recommended that you complete the Certificate IV in Cyber Security (22334VIC) or possess the following skills before you commence; Able to; undertake basic to intermediate coding in Python, basic networking and penetration testing, perform basic security analysis, implement authentication and encryption. Be familiar with these technologies in; Kali Linux, Cisco IOS, Wireshark, Splunk, Firewalls, Active Directory. Still not sure if this course is right for you? Call us on 1800 001 001 to speak with a member of the Information Technology training area who will be able to advise you on the best study pathway to meet your career goals.
 

Specialist facilities on-campus

Our state-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) provides a secure training environment designed to simulate realistic cyber-attacks relating to attack, defence and monitoring. The TCSOC provides a multi-campus centre based in Murdoch with ‘nodes’ at Thornlie and Rockingham campuses in order for all IT students to experience this leading edge training.

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 networks with industry associations such as the Australian Computer Society, Australian Information Security Association and Health Informatics Society of Australia, ensuring our students have access to industry expertise and networking opportunities.
   

Specialist job outcomes for those in industry or with similar qualifications

This qualification is a progression pathway for students who have studied the Certificate IV in Cyber Security (22334VIC) or is an ideal advanced qualification for those who have had two year's cyber security industry experience. For those who have CISCO certification, or have studied at Diploma level in Networking, Computer Systems Engineering, or Electronics and Communications, or who have studied a Computer Science bachelor degree or higher qualification, the Advanced Diploma can broaden your skills and expertise for the growing job market in cyber security. Make a course enquiry at the end of this page to start a discussion with us as to how your work experience or past studies may assist your entrance into this cyber security qualification.

 

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This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

Advanced Diploma
National ID: 22334VIC
State ID: BCY61
Industry Information Technology, Library and Digital
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Certificate IV in Cyber Security

Delve into the world of cyber security and become a trusted professional in a fast-growing industry.

Become the next generation cyber expert! 

Delve into the world of cyber security and become a trusted professional in a fast-growing industry. In a world where cyber attacks are constantly on the rise, there has never been a better time to gain in-demand skills that can set you up for a lucrative career in cyber security. 

Gain skills in:

  • cyber security concepts
  • authentication and encryption
  • network scripting
  • professional ethics 
  • security data analysis

A capstone project applies in the last term to consolidate the skills gained and applied to an industry scenario. This course leads to a job of the future with STEM skills highly prized in the protection of data.

Specialist facilities on-campus

Our state-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) provides a secure training environment designed to simulate realistic cyber-attacks relating to attack, defence and monitoring. The TCSOC provides a multi-campus centre based in Murdoch with ‘nodes’ at Thornlie and Rockingham campuses in order for all IT students to experience this leading edge training.

The Centre for IT Excellence (CITE) provides state of the art, industry relevant training in information technology, creative media and electronics. We provide pathways from foundation studies to advanced diploma with specialist training in cyber security, systems and programming.

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Full-time attendance is equivalent to three days a week. 

 

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This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2020 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees, capped at $1,200; or $400 (plus resource fee) if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.

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Begin your cyber security study pathway

For training advice and help with the next step in your career talk to a Jobs and Skills Centre.

Learn how you can:

  • leverage skills already developed in other study or work you've achieved
  • plan your cyber security study pathway
  • apply for a TAFE cyber security course
  • prepare and improve your resume, cover letter and interview techniques
  • approach an employer looking for an apprentice or trainee in cyber security