Cyber security vendor Cisco has partnered with Victoria University to open a Cybersecurity Training Centre in Melbourne’s West to meet an increasing demand for workers in one of Australia’s fastest growing and under serviced industries.

The jointly-funded Cybersecurity Training Centre is located at Victoria University’s (VU) St Albans Campus. The centre offers up to date training and skills development for students to join a profession that is increasingly critical to a range of industries including finance, healthcare, law, retail, education, defence and government.

Courses are co-designed by cybersecurity professionals, including Cisco’s Networking Academy to deliver practical insights and learning modules relevant to industry today.

The centre boasts a Cyber Security Operations Centre (SOC) with a simulated working environment containing red ‘attack’ and blue ‘defend’ rooms so students can take on real-time roles as data hackers or cyber-savvy protectors to acquire genuine workplace skills in this sector. The space also offers two immersive computer labs, and a videoconferencing classroom, connecting students and industry virtually.

The centre will be used by many students at Victoria University including those enrolled in the current Free TAFE Course, the Certificate IV in Cybersecurity. To ensure students are job-ready for upon graduation, they will use leading industry training platforms.

Students will also have opportunities to connect with industry experts, in addition to an industry driven curriculum through Cisco’s Networking Academy program.

Victoria University Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Vocational Education and Pathways), Grant Dreher, said that the career opportunities offered by the new centre will support school graduates as well as career changers in Melbourne’s West, as the region progressively moves from a manufacturing base into a sophisticated knowledge economy.

“We are enormously proud to partner with Cisco to help address a workforce shortage in an industry with a vast future demand for trained professionals. The rapid evolution of cybercrimes around the world shows that cybersecurity is not just an Australian problem, it’s a global problem for companies to tackle, using a high quality workforce with the right skills and training.”

Cisco Australia and New Zealand’s VP, Ken Boal, said the centre will help to support Australia’s digital transformation.

“We are excited by the prospects of the Cybersecurity Training Centre, to support the skills of the emerging workforce, help create jobs, and enhance Australia’s global economic competitiveness. Partnering with academia to accelerate growth in the cybersecurity industry will create more opportunities for Australia to grow and prosper in the digital era,” said Boal.

“The centre offers a great opportunity for the next wave of cybersecurity experts, and working with academia we’re providing a very real pathway for anyone to be part of that.”

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