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Training solution to address cyber security workforce shortage

Published: 10 Aug 2018

A new public-private partnership between Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), the Australian National University, Fifth Domain and Nova Systems aims to address growing cyber security workforce demands.

The project is valued at $1.1million, with $547,000 funded under AustCyber's Project Fund.

A virtual classroom will include a cloud-based security operations centre, allowing students to work through real scenarios to gain nationally accredited qualifications.

The simulated environment will be complemented by a training facility at CIT Reid, which will have capacity for a 40-student classroom to give students real world skills development.

CEO of Canberra-based cyber security company Penten and Co-Chair of AustCyber's Canberra Node Advisory Board, Matthew Wilson, said the shortage of a skilled workforce is hindering the growth of the Australian cyber security industry, with an estimated 20,000 job shortages in the next 10 years.

"This project is a great example of how strong collaboration and understanding can implement a smart solution to the ever-changing demands of a fast-paced growth sector," Mr Wilson said.

"The system will have the ability to act as a test bed for companies wanting to trial technologies on a workforce (the student cohort) in a standalone safe environment."

This project will help to future proof government and business through the upskilling of employees in entry-level cyber security training.

CIT has been delivering Certificate IV in Cyber Security (VIC22334) since March 2018 and already has over 130 students enrolled. For more information visit

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