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

Work on the Case for Change commenced in July 2017 and involved:

  • Establishment of a dedicated Cyber Security Project Reference Group (PRG), consisting of various Industry Reference Committee (IRC) members from a diverse range of industries and subject matter experts;
  • Extensive desktop research to understand the what is happening both here and internationally (best and better practice), what cyber security training already exists and what job outcomes it leads to, and the evidence base to develop cross sector training; and
  • Broad industry consultation throughout August and September 2018 across a range of industries, geographies and stakeholder types to hear from different perspectives (including industry, government bodies, training providers and subject matter experts).

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) approved the Cyber Security Cross Sector Case for Change at the February 2018 AISC meeting. Click below to download the Cyber Security Cross Sector Case for Change and a summary of outcomes from national consultations.


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 detailed industry consultation with subject matter experts; develop draft training products; 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 participate in upcoming consultations for this project, complete this form and register your interest for the ‘Cyber Security’ project. Consultations are being planned nationally and will be held from August – September 2018.

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