Murdoch: South Metropolitan TAFE launch new cyber security operations centre

d493548 Cert 4 Students Christopher Fitzsimons, Darrian Pianzin and Jasper Greenhill with South Metro TAFE Murdoch campus Head of Programs IT  Denis Coldham. Picture: Jon Hewson
d493548 Cert 4 Students Christopher Fitzsimons, Darrian Pianzin and Jasper Greenhill with South Metro TAFE Murdoch campus Head of Programs IT Denis Coldham. Picture: Jon Hewson

A STATE of the art Training Cyber Security Operations Centre (TCSOC) has opened at South Metropolitan TAFE’s Murdoch campus with hopes it will address the critical shortage of trained cyber security professionals both statewide and nationally.

AustCyber has identified a demand for over 20,000 cyber security workers in Australia by 2024.

To work towards meeting the demands of this growing industry, the TAFE has developed one of the first TCSOCs in Australia, which is designed for students learn in a closed and secure training environment which simulates realistic cyber-attacks relating to attack, defence and monitoring.

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The TCSOC is an integral part of cyber security training for South Metropolitan TAFE students with key industry personnel recognising the new facility as a step towards addressing this growing industry shortage.

South Metropolitan TAFE successfully introduced Certificate level Cyber Security Qualifications in 2018, and is the first TAFE in Australia to offer the Advanced Diploma in Cyber Security in Semester 2, 2019.

The students studying at Murdoch campus will experience leading edge training in the newly developed TCSOC, preparing them for entering the workforce.

South Metropolitan TAFE cyber security lecturer Jeff Xie said the opening of the centre provided students with equipment widely used in the industry.

“Students will be able to experience first-hand, operations such as detection of cyber incidents, correlating security logs and executing recovery plans.

By learning in an industry setting, students will be well prepared to enter the cyber industry when they complete their cyber security courses with us.”