With our reliance on technology progressing and cyber security threats becoming an increasing challenge for both individuals and organisations, the demand for qualified network security specialists is growing. In the Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security) you will acquire the technical skills needed to work as a cyber-security specialist in the fast-growing and dynamic IT industry. Learn to protect data and information, develop solutions for the control and protection against cybercrime and use innovative technologies to manage cyber security threats.
3 years full time or 6 years part time
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Monitor and evaluate computer networks, applications and data systems for vulnerabilities
Develop solutions for the management and protection against the threat of cybercrime
Install and configure security devices and tools to protect the security of data and information
Perform penetration testing to identify system and network vulnerabilities
Set up, test, configure and deploy physical networking equipment, network simulators, and virtual machines
Apply coding languages for software defined and programmable network automation
Undertake forensic analysis and reporting on cyber and network security breaches and incidents
Administer cloud computing platforms such as AWS and Azure
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
Graduate with a Bachelor Degree
The skills and knowledge to gain employment in the industry as a network security specialist in a fast-growing and dynamic industry
The ability to sit for recognised industry certifications such as Cisco, CCNA and CCNP
An extensive range of established industry contacts and a strong network of peers
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
A NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or its equivalent or
A Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation or its equivalent or
A completed Certificate IV or higher vocational qualification
Submit a 500 word essay that shows your motivation to study and work in the information technology industry
Attend a pre-admission interview where you may also be asked to complete a short literacy and numeracy task - this helps us to understand how we can support your study success and provide you with any necessary support
Have mathematics knowledge to HSC level or equivalent before entering this course, or you may be required to undertake a bridging program or preparatory course
Your certificates, transcripts and other entry requirement evidence must be certified through a Justice of the Peace or other authorising officer
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Some experience and knowledge in information technology
A strong interest in information technology and cyber security
Computer and digital literacy
A background in Information technology
You do not require an ATAR score for entry into this course.
If you are unable to meet the entry requirements, you may be eligible for special admission.
Please continue with your application and you will be guided to identify as mature aged (at least 21 years old in your first year of study) or disadvantaged (disability, serious or chronic illness, interrupted education, lack of support for study, serious personal problems and/or serious family responsibilities). Please contact us to find out more.
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like:
ICT Security Specialists establish, manage and administer organisation's ICT security policies and procedures to ensure preventive and recovery strategies are in place, and to minimise the risk of internal and external security threats.
Other jobs include: security administrator, system administrator, network administrator , cyber security support analyst and cyber security engineer.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber and Network Security) does not have any post-graduate courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning (https://www.tafensw.edu.au/enrol/recognition-credit-transfers) or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Completion of this course requires you to successfully complete 24 subjects (240 credit points) made up of 21 core subjects and 3 elective subjects.
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