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New course to strengthen students’ cybersecurity skills

A recent report on cybersecurity detailed that Australia’s cybersecurity sector is facing a severe skills shortage, which is costing the nation more than A$ 400 million in lost revenue and wages.

Moreover, almost 17,600 additional cybersecurity professionals are likely to be needed by 2026.

To address this, a new cybersecurity course, developed in partnership with industry is set to arm people with the skills needed to protect their digital assets.

According to a recent press release, Cyber Security Risk and Strategy, which is a part of RMIT Online’s Future Skills portfolio, is aimed at upskilling participants to understand the fundamentals of cybersecurity and how to formulate a preventative strategy of good cyber governance with a business.

The need for cybersecurity

As technology continues to transform businesses, the threat of cyber-attacks becomes more imminent and the need to arm people with the skills required to protect digital assets from malicious activity becomes greater.

The new course addresses the need for management to understand cyber security and offers a professional pathway to help address the skills shortage in the field.

Creating this course will strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity preparedness by training Australians to fill a diverse range of technical and non-technical roles.

The rate at which technologies are advancing and turning industries and departments upside down is not slowing down, and neither should the commitment to lifelong learning.

As the Australian economy becomes more and more digitised, it is critical for Australia’s future economic prosperity that a highly skilled and educated cybersecurity workforce is built to help raise Australia’s cyber defence profile.

Background of the course

The course had been developed in consultation with industry, with one key collaborator providing mentors for the course.

The course would play an important role in helping to teach new and emerging skills and supporting a sustained skills pipeline for generations to come.

Moreover, it will cover a variety of topics within the cybersecurity ecosystem.

On top of understanding the fundamentals of cybersecurity risk and its commercial impact, course participants will learn how to apply a cybersecurity risk mitigation strategy to their organisation.

Students will also learn how topics like asset security, identity and access management and cloud security impact an enterprise’s cybersecurity.

Upon completion, students will earn an endorsed credential in cybersecurity from both the University and its partner.

An organisation’s responsibility

All organisations shared a responsibility for identifying and managing their security risks. Having the right tools and platforms in place to protect an organisation from security breaches is crucial.

The most important thing organisations can do to protect themselves, however, is to guarantee that every staff member is educated about cybersecurity risks, the threat landscape and their own role in protecting the organisation.

The Cyber Security Risk and Strategy course commences on 3 June 2019 and will run for six weeks at a cost of A$ 1,600.

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