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DDLS launches cyber security course for non-ICT students

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Australian corporate ICT and cybersecurity training provider DDLS has introduced a course in cyber security that it claims will take students with no ICT background to three internationally recognised cyber security certifications in less than six months.

The Certified Cybersecurity Professional course will be delivered by the Australian Institute of ICT (AIICT), a division of DDLS, and will provide an interactive online experience that aims to turn people with “zero industry experience into job-ready, front line Cybersecurity Analysts”.

The first AIICT Certified Cybersecurity Professional course will commence on 25 November, and enrolments are now open.

Jon Lang, CEO of DDLS, said, “Unemployment levels in cybersecurity are at 0%, and there is huge unmet demand. In Australia alone at present, there are almost 1,000 cybersecurity jobs advertised on the employment website, Seek.”

DDLS notes that, according to the November 2018 update to Australia's Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan, Australia needs another 2,300 cybersecurity workers, and that number is expected to grow to 17,600 by 2026 - and (ISC)2, the world’s largest not-for-profit association of cybersecurity professionals, estimates a worldwide skills gap of 2.93 million, and 2.14 million of these are in Asia Pacific.

Dr. Erdal Ozkaya, a member of AIICT’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board noted, “with cybersecurity emerging as one of Australia’s most promising growth sectors, these certifications offer professionals a direct pathway to help address the skills shortage in the field.”

And Lang said that successful cyber security professionals could come from many different backgrounds.

“Recent DDLS research shows different roles require different people and different personality types. For example, a student with a background as a business analyst who is highly analytical and data driven would be well suited to a Cybersecurity Strategist role. Someone with a background as a journalist would be better suited to a Cybersecurity forensics role,” Lang said.

“Increasingly journalists need to understand cyber security to protect their information and their sources, and journalists have strong investigative skills that are valuable in cyber security roles.”

The course, which is endorsed by the AIICT Cyber security Advisory Board, includes three certifications from the IT industry trade body, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

CompTIA certifies more than 220,000 IT professionals every year and its certifications are recognised by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

DDLS says the involvement of CompTIA allows for the certifications to be globally recognised and ensures a “consistently high standard is maintained”.

DDLS also says graduates of the new cyber security program will also enjoy ongoing support from AIICT to help them develop their careers in cybersecurity, and they can join the AIICT Industry Partner Program where they are connected with employers recruiting for frontline cyber security roles.

Students completing the Certified Cyber Security Professional course will gain three globally recognised CompTIA certifications:

CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles.

CompTIA Network+ helps students develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks.

CompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills students need to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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