Cyber Security

Skills for Australia is leading the development of training in the cross sector skill area of Cyber Security.

Why Cyber Security skills matter

Exponential and rapid growth in the amount of data being created and stored, including confidential data, raises significant concerns about privacy and security that are relevant to most industries. As society becomes more connected and more data is stored electronically, these concerns will grow.

An increasing number of industries will need cyber security professionals that can cope with advanced threat response, risk management and advanced adversaries. There are emerging cyber challenges that require new information security skills, with data protection and privacy cited as particular areas where organisations require more expertise.

About the Cyber Security Cross Sector Project

The purpose of this project has been to provide an evidence-based case and industry support for developing vocational training in cyber security skills that can be transferable multiple industries. The Cyber Security Cross Sector project has reviewed current and emerging developments in cyber security skills, particularly in relation to data confidentiality, protection and privacy. It has identified related skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors. The intention is for this project to significantly reduce duplication across the national VET system, helping to deliver a future fit cyber security workforce to organisations across multiple industries.

Project overview

Following the ICT IRC’s review of our key findings from consultation and in association with the project working group and other stakeholders, we developed draft training products to address identified skills needs.

These draft training products were released for public review in February 2019 and the feedback we received was used to prepare the Case for Endorsement. Under the direction of a refreshed cyber security project working group (PWG) and the Information and Communications Technology IRC, we finalised the Case for Endorsement and submitted this to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) in May 2019.

The AISC approved the development of cyber security cross sector units at their meeting in December 2019. These new units of competency are now housed in the Business Services (BSB) Training Package.

More information can be found in the Case for Endorsement below, which also contains the cross sector units for our Big Data project.

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