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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.


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.

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


    Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security

    National ID 22610VIC | State ID BGT52

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

    • Murdoch

    Study Modes
    • On Campus

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