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Corporate information and communication technology (ICT) and cyber security training provider, DDLS, is introducing a new cyber security course aimed at people with no formal ICT background.

The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course will be delivered and endorsed by the Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT), a division of DDLS, and will provide an interactive online experience that aims to turn people with zero industry experience into job-ready, frontline cyber security analysts.

The course includes three globally recognised certifications from CompTIA, with students being able to complete the course at their own pace, gain access to additional course materials and a mentor. Graduates will also receive ongoing support to help develop their cyber security careers.

Specifically, the course includes CompTIA A+ for technical support and operational roles; CompTIA Network+, which covers IT infrastructure troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks; CompTIA Security+ that offers a baseline of skills students require to perform core security functions.

“Unemployment levels in cybersecurity are at 0 per cent, and there is a huge unmet demand. In Australia alone at present, there are almost 1,000 cybersecurity jobs advertised on the employment website, Seek,” DDLS CEO, Jon Lang, said.

According to the Australian Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan, Australia needs another 2300 cyber security workers, an area that is expected to grow to 17,600 by 2026.

The plan also warned that over the medium term the skills shortage will remain “severe” unless “employers start offering better pathways for workers to transition from other industries into cyber security roles”.

Lang said successful cybersecurity professionals could come from many different backgrounds.

“Recent DDLS research shows different roles require different people and different personality types. For example, a student with a background as a business analyst who is highly analytical and data driven would be well suited to a cyber security strategist role. Someone with a background as a journalist would be better suited to a cyber security forensics role,” added Lang.

“Increasingly journalists need to understand cybersecurity to protect their information and their sources, and journalists have strong investigative skills that are valuable in cybersecurity roles.”


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