National code: ICT50220

Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security)

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Overview About this course

Gain the skills and knowledge needed to combat security risks and keep your workplace digitally safe. Learn to identify and respond to data threats as you advance your IT career into cyber security roles.

Outcomes What You'll Gain

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Lead and facilitate a team

  • Protect infrastructure and data

  • Recognise and respond to threat data

  • Manage networks

  • Manage client problems

Course Outcomes

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

  • Skills in a specialised area of the IT industry

  • Confidence leading teams and solving client problems

  • Strong pathways to continue your studies and enhance your career opportunities

Suitability Is This Course Right For You?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • A National Police Check as evidenced by a copy of your certificate, and

  • That you have achieved a Year 12 high school certificate or an equivalent as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or

  • That you have achieved a [insert appropriate certificate level] as evidenced by a copy of your certificate or transcript or

  • That you have recent or current work experience in Information Technology as evidenced by a letter of support from your employer or your resume or

  • That you have completed a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test with scores of 5 in Learning, 5 in Reading, 5 in Writing, 5 in Numeracy, 5 in Oral Communication and 3 in Digital Literacy as evidenced by a copy of your test results

  • This is designed to ensure your LLN skills match the demands of the course, and to connect you with any personalised study support you may need.

Entry recommendations

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

  • Commitment and drive to manage a heavy course load

  • Adequate time to complete course work and additional study outside of class hours

  • Access to a desktop PC, laptop or equivalent computing device and a strong internet connection

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:

Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists

Database and Systems Administrators, and ICT Security Specialists plan, develop, maintain, manage and administer organisations' database management systems, operating systems and security policies and procedures to ensure optimal database and system integrity, security, backup, reliability and performance.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).

    94%

  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    16,500 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    41 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.

    $2,000

  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    41 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    Very high

  • Gender share

    21% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.

    Moderate Growth

Other jobs include: Network administrator , Cyber security analyst, Cyber security engineer, Information technology security officer , Incident response centre manager and System administrator

Study pathways

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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 Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 20 Units of competency, including 6 core and 14 speciality units.

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.

  • Match ICT needs with the strategic direction of the organisation ICTICT517

  • Originate and develop concepts BSBCRT512

  • Lead and facilitate a team BSBXTW401

  • Apply IP, ethics and privacy in ICT environments ICTICT532

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

  • Smarthinking - online access to a tutor

  • 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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