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 is 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 will review current and emerging developments in cyber security skills, particularly in relation to data confidentiality, protection and privacy, and identify related skills needs shared by multiple industry sectors. It is expected that this project will result in a significant reduction in duplication across the national VET system, and help 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 is now being considered as we prepare the Case for Endorsement.

What’s next?

Over the coming months, we will work under the direction of a refreshed Cyber Security Project Working Group (PWG) and the Information and Communications Technology IRC to undertake quality assurance and review; and finalise a Case for Endorsement. This Case for Endorsement is due to be submitted to the Department in April 2019. If approved by the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC), the proposed new cross sector units will be publicly available for download from the National Register.  

How can you get involved?

To stay updated about the project’s progress, including when draft training products become available, you can subscribe to our website. For general enquiries and feedback, email us any time at