New cyber security training hub planned for Charles Darwin University
Charles Darwin University (CDU) is today launching a new hub for training frontline troops in the fight against cyber threats.
The Cyber Territory Skills Hub is a virtual centre bringing together the University, the Northern Territory and Federal Governments and industry partners in the training of people to improve cyber awareness and management.
Students are able to be involved in the centre by enrolling to study a new Certificate IV in Cyber Security at CDU.
Businesses will also benefit from a new Vocational Training Package in Cyber Security Management to increase awareness of cyber risks for businesses.
CDU Vice-Chancellor Professor Scott Bowman said it was critical to provide study options for those interested in cyber security.
“It is critical to provide cyber security study in the Northern Territory as it is a growth sector with significant skills shortages across the nation,” Professor Bowman said.
“CDU is looking to further invest in training and development in the cyber security space to increase opportunities for young people to pursue careers in the digital industry.
“This is a great initiative between CDU, the NT and Australian Governments to fund new training opportunities with a focus on people from diverse and non-IT backgrounds,” he said.
The new training initiative has received funding of over $3 million from the Federal Government, Northern Territory Government and CDU.
It will look to support a pipeline of job-ready, diverse cyber security experts and educate workers about cyber security.
This funding will help provide qualifications for up to 100 cyber security defenders and up to 200 places in a short course for organisations wanting to better manage their cyber risk and cyber awareness.
It will also support up to 20 traineeships and up to 12 scholarships to be awarded over two years to bring a broad set of skills and experience into the cyber security profession.
The Cyber Territory Skills Hub will offer several streams of training options and opportunities for students to enhance their skills in the cyber security space.
The hub, in partnership with the Northern Territory government, will also facilitate a new trainee program for ICT professionals interested in cyber security. CDU will also offer a range of research scholarships to undertake research projects that will contribute to industry capability.
CDU’s Educational Manager for Commerce & Information Technology Dr Teresa Schwellnus said the hub would help to provide the Territory with skilled cyber security professionals.
“There is a shortage of cyber security professionals, especially in the Northern Territory, so our aim is to be able to provide the necessary training to not only have job-ready graduates but also to upskill staff in administrative roles in small-to-medium businesses,” Dr Schwellnus said.
“We are excited to be able to offer a Certificate IV in Cyber Security which will also create a pathway and transition to further studies in cyber security if students want to further their knowledge.
More information on the Cyber Security courses on offer at CDU is available on the CDU website.
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