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TAFE versus TAFE in National Cyber Challenge

2 June 2021

Eight Cyber Security students from North Metropolitan TAFE’s (NMTAFE) Joondalup campus competed against other Australian TAFE students in the recent National Cyber Challenge.

The event, held on 26 May, provided NMTAFE students with the opportunity to showcase the crucial skills they had gained from the Cyber Security certificate and diploma courses in a friendly competition against eight other TAFEs across Australia.

Among NMTAFE’s challengers were South Metropolitan TAFE, TAFE Queensland, Canberra Institute of Technology, TAFE South Australia, Chisholm Institute, Victoria University Polytechnic, Melbourne Polytechnic and Box Hill Institute.

After an action-packed two hours of competing, of which each team (TAFE) had their own network to defend, as well as locate issues, it was TAFE SA that came out as the winner with NMTAFE, one of the only teams not to have lecturers on their team, in fifth.

The event was hosted by TAFEcyber, a consortium of Australian TAFEs, and was designed to showcase to the nation the capability TAFEs have to deliver and provide current and valuable cyber training in a friendly competitive setting.

NMTAFE Cyber Security lecturer Mark Buttsworth said the Cyber Challenge was a fantastic initiative and provided students with firsthand experience of what it would be like working in the cyber security industry.

“It was a valuable learning experience for our students, I’m very proud of our students, they did well under trying circumstances,” Mark said.

NMTAFE Diploma of Cyber Security student Mathew Clancy was one competitor who put what he had learnt to the test.

“It was a great learning experience; I would definitely take part again with the aim to do even better,” Mathew said.

“We can take away a lot from it.”

Applications are now open for NMTAFE’s Cyber Security course; to apply or find out more visit our Cyber Security courses page.


Photo: NMTAFE Cyber Challenge Team members with Cyber Security Lecturers Daniel Paris and Mark Buttsworth