RMIT Online has announced the launch of a new cybersecurity short course as part of its Future Skills portfolio.

Palo Alto Networks and NAB are key collaborators and mentors on the course which will cover a variety of topics within the cybersecurity ecosystem.

The six week course, Cyber Security Risk and Strategy, is aimed at upskilling participants to understand the fundamentals of cybersecurity and how to formulate a preventative strategy of good cyber governance within a business.

According to a report from AustCyber, Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan, Australia’s cybersecurity sector is facing a severe skills shortage costing the nation more than $400 million in lost revenue and wages, with almost 17,600 additional cybersecurity professionals likely to be needed by 2026.

The course begins June 3 and covers the fundamentals of cybersecurity risk and its commercial impact, how to apply a cybersecurity risk mitigation strategy in an organisation. Students will also learn how topics like asset security, identity and access management and cloud security impact an enterprise’s cybersecurity.

“We are pleased to create this course with industry, to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity preparedness by training Australians to fill a diverse range of technical and non-technical roles,” said Helen Souness, CEO of RMIT Online. “The rate at which technologies are advancing and turning industries and departments upside down is not slowing down, and neither should our commitment to lifelong learning”.

Commenting on the partnership, Harvey Deak, Head of Security Strategy and Architecture at NAB, said, “We’re pleased to be involved in this course, which we see playing an important role in helping to teach new and emerging skills and supporting a sustained skills pipeline for generations to come. As the Australian economy becomes more and more digitised, it is critical for Australia’s future economic prosperity that we build a highly skilled and educated cybersecurity workforce to help raise Australia’s cyber defence profile.”

RMIT Online has launched a series of courses catering to the technology industry, including Salesforce CRM, Self-driving cars, blockchain, digital transformation and digital marketing.

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