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A TAFE NSW cyber security expert has unveiled his top five tips to protect against hackers amid fears the pandemic has left those working from home even more vulnerable to attacks.
TAFE NSW Information Technology Head Teacher George Zajko said a seismic shift towards remote work meant more networks were being accessed by employees on their own devices, increasing their exposure to cyber threats.
A recent study by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies found about 75 per cent of Australian workers thought their employers would support work from home plans post-pandemic.
George Zajko said most cyber security issues could be largely prevented if workers followed these five “golden rules”.
Mr Zajko said while cyber security should be front of mind when online, it also offered a gilt-edged career opportunity.
A recent study by RMIT University found Australia was in the grip of a cyber security skills shortage, with a predicted 18,000 more cyber security professionals needed by 2026 to meet demand.
“Cyber security equals job security and the prospects for employment are excellent,” Mr Zajko said.
“Our department is getting phone calls weekly from local employers looking to fill positions.”
To find out more about studying cyber security at TAFE NSW, phone 13 16 01 or visit www.tafensw.edu.au.
Media Contact: Jessica Cortis, TAFE NSW Media and Communications Business Partner, 0456 170 211.