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Certificate IV in Cyber Security

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Overview About this course

Collaborate as part of a team as you examine cyber security data and perform vulnerability exercises. Channel your love for technology into a rewarding career path that helps ensure the cyber integrity of large and small businesses.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Analyse information and examine cyber security data

  • Manage information and communications technology (ICT) networks, protocols and security infrastructure

  • Work within cyber security based work, health and safety (WHS), legislation, intellectual property, privacy and ethical practices

  • Conduct cyber security penetration testing and vulnerability exercises

  • Collaborate in a team environment

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Experience in both sides of a security breach

  • Exposure to simulated ICT system environments and cyber security scenarios to prepare you for your future endeavours

  • The ability to use full operating systems, software-based IPS/IDS systems, software-based firewalls and SIEM software

  • A pathway to further study in Information Technology

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • A basic understanding of Windows and Linux operating systems

  • A basic understanding of networking protocols, configuration of routers and switches including related protocols, command line configuration and IP addressing

  • Intermediate literacy and numeracy skills

  • A commitment to adhering to the legal framework surrounding cyber security including the Cybercrime Act 2001, the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), and the Cybercrime Act (Cth) which criminalises computer and internet related activities such as hacking, spreading viruses and website vandalism

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: cyber security assistant, junior or assistant computer help desk technician, junior or assistant cyber security intrusion tester, junior or assistant cyber security support officer, junior or assistant security penetration tester and junior or assistant systems tester.


This course content is considered high risk; the teaching of it operates within a wider framework of the law and TAFE NSW policies. There are inherent laws relating to cyber security including the Cybercrime Act 2001and the Spam Act 2003 (Cth), with the Cybercrime Act (Cth) criminalising computer and internet related activities such as hacking, spreading viruses and website vandalism.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 1 Course

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Further study 2 Courses

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Related study 1 Course

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Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate IV in Cyber Security qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 16 units of competency, including 8 core and 8 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Analyse and present research information BSBINS401

  • Contribute effectively to WHS communication and consultation processes BSBWHS309

  • Work collaboratively in the ICT industry ICTICT443

  • Utilise basic network concepts and protocols required in cyber security VU23213

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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