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SM TAFE places top 3 in national cyber challenge

South Metropolitan TAFE (SM TAFE) has landed in the top three in the first TAFE versus TAFE national cyber challenge.

Hosted by TAFEcyber last month, the competition gave students and staff from across Australia the opportunity to flex their cyber security skills.

SM TAFE students participated from our state-of-the-art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) at the Murdoch campus, where they used their cyber skills to configure Splunk dashboards, capture a range of flags hidden in multiple networks and crack passwords. During the competition participating teams also actively attacked, defended, and repaired networks against the other teams.

SM TAFE head of IT programs Denis Coldham said the challenge provided a fantastic opportunity for students to showcase crucial, in demand cyber skills gained through their specialised training.

“The cyber challenge was a great way for TAFE nationwide to demonstrate the capability of VET education and what can be achieved when a group of colleges work collaboratively to create amazing education outcomes for students.”

Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security student Karen Hobson said the challenge was a memorable first experience.

"I wasn't quite sure what to expect but it was so much fun. Working with my classmates, helping each other complete challenges, and having our lecturers cheering us on made my first cyber competition an awesome experience. I will definitely be competing again.”

SM TAFE participated against North Metropolitan TAFE, TAFE Queensland, Canberra Institute of Technology, TAFE South Australia, Chisholm Institute, Victoria University Polytechnic and Box Hill Institute. SM TAFE students and staff placed equal-second at the end of the two-hour cyber event.