SA’s first VET cyber security facility to tackle skills gap

Nov 22, 2019


A new state-of-the-art Training Security Operations Centre (TSOC) has been launched at TAFE SA, providing the latest in hands-on training for highly sought-after cyber security professionals.

The new facility at TAFE SA’s Adelaide City Campus is the first of its kind in the state’s VET sector and features a red ‘attack’ room and a blue ‘defence’ room, providing students with real-life scenarios, simulations and testing opportunities.

The first intake of students currently undertaking the new Certificate IV in Cyber Security will utilise the most up-to-date technology in the new facility which includes the latest hardware and software from a variety of industry partners including CISCO, Microsoft, Fortinet, Splunk, IBM, HP Aruba, VMWare and Palo Alto.

TAFE SA Chief Executive David Coltman said that the TSOC will have a critical role in cyber security training and TAFE SA is ready for the increased demand from industry for highly skilled professionals.

“This new facility provides the technology and scenarios that students will experience in their roles as cyber security technicians. We now know they will be ready to go from the minute they walk into their new workplace,” Mr Coltman said.

“We know that malicious cyber activity is growing worldwide and here in Australia there will be a significant increase in demand for cyber security workers over the next decade.

“We are currently delivering a 12-month Certificate IV in Cyber Security and this new centre offers students the latest training in a fast-moving field. It also allows us to add further qualifications in cyber security to our scope of training.

“Our cyber security qualification is part of the first national skills-based cyber security certificate level qualification and has been developed in close collaboration with a range of industry partners to make sure education and training is aligned directly with jobs and skill requirements.”

Features of the new TSOC also include enabling students to interact with other TSOC’s across the country and undertake activities such as attempting to penetrate each other’s systems.

Students utilising the facility could go into jobs including working with ICT departments determining breaches in network security, on ICT helpdesks, looking for threats and vulnerability in systems, doing penetration testing, investigating cyber hacking activities and web security functions.

“Having skilled workers in the ICT industry that can monitor, secure and mitigate against any risks is a requirement the industry has identified. TAFE SA is responding to these needs by training the next generation of cyber skilled technicians in a new state-of-the-art facility,” Mr Coltman added.

“This is a fast-growing industry, there is going to be a strong demand for skilled workers. TAFE SA is committed to responding to these demands with the right training, using the latest technology, in this new facility.”

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