With our growing reliance on technology, and cyber security threats an increasing challenge for both individuals and organisations, the demand for qualified cyber and network security specialists is booming. Learn the technical skills to protect data and information and develop solutions to fight cyber crime. You'll use innovative technologies to identify cyber security threats including ransomware attacks and malware. This course has industry partnerships with Cisco, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and more, and can be completed in a single semester.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Use physical networking equipment and network simulators
Monitor network security and apply cyber security tools
Apply programming languages such as Python to develop abstract thinking and problem-solving ability
Set up and deploy virtual machines
Apply best practices and techniques in cryptography
Develop specialist skills to gain an advantage in the job market
Complete an undergraduate certificate in 15 weeks
The ability to identify common cyber security threats such as malware and social engineering attacks
The skills and knowledge to gain employment in the industry as a cyber and network security specialist
The ability to sit for recognised industry certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Administrator
An extensive range of established industry contacts and a strong network of peers
Recognition of prior learning for the Bachelor of Information Technology (Cyber & Network Security). The 4 subjects studied in the Undergraduate Certificate will be recognised and credited towards the the bachelor's qualification, with a fee deduction.
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 additional information with your application, including a one page statement of purpose (describing your background, IT experience and motivation to study) and a questionnaire that will be supplied to you
It is also possible that you will need to attend an interview. This additional information will be assessed to determine your suitability for entry. Where there are more applicants than study places available, this information will be used to rank your application
Have general mathematics knowledge to HSC level or equivalent before entering the 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 office
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Some experience in and knowledge of information technology
A strong interest in any information technology related area
Computer and digital literacy
A personal computer and access to the internet
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: junior cyber security analyst, junior network security analyst and junior systems administrator.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
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 4 subjects (40 credit points) made up of 4 core subjects.
Note: Some courses offer the opportunity to choose subjects from the complete suite of Higher Education electives that are delivered by TAFE NSW. Once you’ve enrolled, contact your Course Coordinator to discuss tailoring your course to align with your interests and goals.
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