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Cyber centre on show at industry launch

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North Metropolitan TAFE (NMTAFE) has opened the doors of its Cyber Security Training Centre (Joondalup campus) to local industry.

  • The centre which features a hackers den, defence hub and control centre, has been developed to assist in closing the cyber skills gap.
  • NMTAFE works alongside its neighbouring partners: ECU, AustCyber, City of Joondalup and WA Police, all located within the Joondalup Innovation Hub. 
  • Others who attended the industry launch included representatives from the Australian Information Securities Association (ASIA), Office of Digital Government, Australian Computer Society and Microsoft.

Industry launch attendees enjoyed a tour of the new facility and got the opportunity to see students and lecturers using the latest industry equipment and techniques.

Cyber Security Lecturer Karl Weyrich demonstrated a key logging trick widely used by hackers in public open spaces to highlight how easy it is to obtain someone’s user account details, before explaining how students will learn to mitigate this.

“Students are using our Cyber Security Training Centre to develop skills in mitigating cyber threats; protecting organisations from security breaches; and developing systems to minimise network vulnerabilities and risks,” said NMTAFE’s Director of Integrated Technologies & Automation Maree Tabb.

“Our partnerships with industry will expose our students to real-world practices, by allowing them to participate in work placements; events such as hackathons and other sector wide initiatives.”

NMTAFE’s Certificate IV in Cyber Security (22334VIC) students will graduate with technical skills to make them highly employable in security customer support, information security, audit collection, incident response, security systems or website/network security. Cyber_room.jpg

In 2020, most of these students will progress onto the Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security (22445VIC) which will allow them to fill more technical, supervisory and managerial roles.

“North Metro TAFE is working very hard to ensure its cyber security capabilities, courses, content and practical experiences are relevant to the current and future industry requirements,” said Australian Information Security Association (AISA)’s WA Branch Chair Mourad Khalil.

“AISA, the Industry and the broader community would like to thank North Metro TAFE for developing their Cyber Security Training Centre and helping to reduce the skills shortage risks specifically here in WA.”

The Cyber Security Training Centre was officially opened and toured by the WA Premier in February 2019.

Page last updated April 17, 2019