South Australia’s first state-of-the-art, cyber security training centre has officially opened at TAFE SA, providing hands-on training for the next generation of cyber security professionals.
The new facility at TAFE SA’s Adelaide City Campus features a red ‘attack’ room and blue ‘defence’ room that provides students with real-life scenarios, simulations and testing opportunities.
Certificate IV in Cyber Security is one of TAFE SA’s fastest growing courses, jumping from 5 to 73 enrolled students, with the advent of the new Cyber Traineeship Pathway.
Premier Steven Marshall said the State Government is laser focused on working with industry to ensure that its rapidly advancing economy has access to the trained cyber workers it needs, particularly the booming defence industry.
“It is critically important that companies in the defence supply chain are armed with cyber-ready capabilities, and naturally, the key to advancing South Australia’s cyber industry and capabilities is building a trained and skilled workforce,” Mr Marshall said.
“Our focus is to position South Australia as a global leader in the cyber security industry, which will not only protect our most important assets and defence projects from cyberattacks, but also create new job opportunities and stimulate economic growth for our state.
“While cyber threats will continue to escalate globally and we must be prepared to protect our state, we also need to look at the business opportunity that this growing global cyber sector offers.”
Education Minister, John Gardner, said the new Training Centre will ensure that TAFE SA is ready for the increased demand from industry for highly skilled cyber security professionals.
“This new facility provides the latest technology and replicates scenarios that students will experience in their roles as cyber security technicians, helping them to be equipped with the skills that the workforce needs,” said Mr Gardner.
“Students undertaking the Certificate IV in Cyber Security can be confident they are receiving high quality and the most up-to-date training in a fast-moving field.
“Through this new Training Centre, TAFE SA is meeting the demands of a rapidly emerging industry with the right training and using the latest technology, so that South Australians can be placed for jobs in this rapidly emerging industry.”
TAFE SA Chief Executive, David Coltman, said the Training Centre will have a critical role in ensuring that TAFE is ready for the increased demand for cyber security workers over the next decade.
“Having skilled workers in the ICT industry that can monitor, secure and mitigate against any risks is a requirement that the industry has identified, and TAFE SA is responding to these needs by training the next generation of cyber skilled technicians in a new state-of-the-art facility,” said Mr Coltman.
“We are currently delivering a 12-month Certificate IV in Cyber Security and this new centre offers students the latest training in the field, while also allowing 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 skills requirements.”