The training and education provider is set to deliver a short course tailored for military audiences to address the cyber workforce skills shortage.
The School of Information Operations (SOIO) — a collaboration between DEWC T&E and global defence prime Leonardo — has developed a military cyber operations short course to be offered from 2-4 February in the Adelaide-based Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C).
The ‘Introduction to Military Cyber Operations’ entry course is set to be run four times per year, with the first course in February tailored for military audiences.
The course is designed to provide students with the basic cyber security principles associated with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a non-regulatory agency of the United States Department of Commerce.
The course aims to provide students with an understanding of the Commonwealth government’s cyber security policies, reinforced by practical demonstrations of cyber threats on the A3C’s cyber range.
According to SOIO, the course was developed in response to the federal government's recent commitment to bolster investment in the cyber security space.
The Morrison government plans to spend $1.35 billion over the next 10 years to enhance Australia’s cyber security capabilities through the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre.
Included in the investment is $470 million in funding to expand the cyber security workforce, with over 500 new jobs created within ASD.
Glenn Murray, chief executive of SOIO, said the group’s short course would help ensure the Australian government meets its objectives.
“Australia needs more highly skilled EW and cyber security workers,” he said.
“The bigger question is, does our current cyber workforce have the required knowledge or even basic knowledge in Military Cyber Operations?
“Will the Australian Signals Directorate be able to fulfil their requirement of over 500 new jobs in the next decade if there is a skills shortage in Australia?”
Murray concluded: “There is an urgent need to address this cyber shortage and this is why DEWC T&E is collaborating with Leonardo so SOIO can offer a new range of cyber security courses in Australia.”
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