CHARLES Darwin University will run three new postgraduate courses starting next month with a specialisation in cyber security to help protect local businesses from cybercrime.
CDU information technology lecturer Dr Bharanidharan Shanmugam said the courses provided fundamental knowledge necessary to curb spiteful activity in the internet world and would help produce professionals with risk management skills.
“The certification will help students design, engineer, implement and run an information security program to keep their company safe from malicious hackers,’ he said. “They will explore new ways to protect assets and create better security parameters.”
The Federal Government recently announced the launch of two new tertiary qualifications as efforts to protect the Australian cyber security industry which is expected to grow threefold from $2 billion to $6 billion by 2026.
ICT Industry Association of Northern Territory chairman Scott Wright welcomed the Turnbull Government’s initiative.
He said the new courses at CDU would help create more jobs locally.
“As an industry we completely support such developments because we know there is a skill shortage of internet security professionals in the Northern Territory,” he said.
“Practical experience is paramount and the greater the number of credible graduates will help us meet the increasing demand in the ICT industry.”
Courses being offered are a Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security), Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (Cyber Security) and Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security).
Students will receive Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) training from the International Information System Security Certification Consortium.
CDU also plans on starting similar courses at a lower level to help students only interested in executing particular problems like managing firewalls.
Considering its strategic location, Australian defence sector could also benefit from the fresh supply of skilled professionals.