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Cyber Security

Also known as “information security”, cyber security refers to the practice of defending one’s computer systems (these including IT networks, servers, mobile devices, and applications) from unauthorised access or exploitation. The sector encompasses both areas of risk and active crisis management, and comprises all technologies, practical strategies, and technical knowledge required to achieve this.

AIICT currently offers a Certified Cyber Security Professional course for those seeking a bootcamp introduction to the field. Students will learn the basics of troubleshooting critical infrastructure, managing IT networks, and implementing the proper security measures in a given environment. The program aims to provide a foundational look at this evolving sector, equipping one with best practices, core security concepts, and a crucial awareness of developing industry trends and concerns. Additionally, you’ll be gaining the fundamental knowledge required to pursue higher-level security courses, such as our ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security); building you a more comprehensive skillset for the vast opportunities this field has to offer.

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“Cyber security” is an umbrella term for the tools, technologies, and IT strategies used to ensure thorough, long-term protection of digital data. With much of our information now accessible online, the right skills and awareness are critical to curb common (and constantly emerging) cyber threats to our private data. These include small-scale cyber crimes instigated by single actors or groups (typically for financial gain or to cause disruption), politically-motivated cyber-attacks, and large-scale incidents of cyber-terrorism.

The field can be broken down into a multitude of areas, including but not limited to:

Mobile security: This type of cyber security refers to the protection of mobile devices, such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and remote systems or hardware. Such practices are especially critical among businesses currently implementing or pursuing work-from-home practices.

Network security: This comprises all processes, policies, and practices used to secure one’s network systems and network-related resources, both hardware and software.

Cloud security: With the cloud becoming an increasingly popular tool in modern business – allowing for ease of remote work and communication – the ability to encrypt and secure such data in motion, in use, and in storage has grown ever-more crucial.

Application security: This type of security focuses on protecting the data of on-premise or cloud-based applications, Typically, such a measures are integrated during the design process of the application itself.

Storage security: These security practices focus on protecting the integrity of data while in storage, ensuring that it is also easily restorable in the case of a cyber attack (usually done through secured data copies).

The most critical asset of any reliable cyber security professional is, of course, their technical knowledge of the latest industry trends, tools, and tactics. They not only need to know the various types of cyber security measures (i.e. ethical hacking, penetration testing, network configuration, etc.), but also of the varying threats common in today’s landscape. These can range from traditional malware attacks such as viruses, worms, and spyware – to more complex methods such as phishing, social engineering, and advanced persistent threats (APTs).

Cyber security pros must also have excellent foresight and risk management skills, having the ability to view systems holistically and plan for potential threats, pinpoint weaknesses, and design new strategies based on past incidents. This comes with skills in general management and organisation, as security specialists must be able to schedule and conduct the necessary vulnerability assessments; automate security functions as required; and implement new infrastructure solutions when needed.

AIICT’s Certified Cyber Security Professional course is an entry-level boot camp program for those just entering the field, comprised of globally recognised certifications under CompTIA: A+, Network+, and Security+.

Each certification is made up of multiple courses, helping build your skills in the fundamentals of tech support, network management, and cyber security practices.

Our other courses include the ICT30120 – Certificate III in Information Technology (Elective Focus Basic Cyber Security), a longer, 12-month qualification with a tighter focus on device-level, organisation-wide, and online security.

We also have our ICT50220 – Diploma of Information Technology (Cyber Security), a more thorough, 18-month program delving into both the essentials and technical skills required of industry; including network security; cyber security analysis and design, and infrastructure management.

Cyber security specialists typically launch their careers through recognised professional training, with vocational education and industry certification among the most popular pathways. These formal qualifications will typically offer a thorough, comprehensive understanding of fundamental concepts, while exercising their practical application in a workplace context. Additionally, they help verify one’s skills for the job market, ensuring potential employers that they’re up-to-date and competitive in the current landscape.

Certifications are also a recommended option for those who wish to specialise. The cyber security industry is comprised of many niche roles, positions, and specialities catering to varying skill levels and interests. By getting qualified under an industry-recognised qualification such as CompTIA Network+, for example, you get to hone your security knowledge in the specific area of network systems – helping further your chances of landing a role in this specialty.

Of course, the more practical experience you’ve got under your belt, the better. Pursuing an internship, a personal project, or collaborating with other like-minded professionals are all effective ways of putting your knowledge to practice, helping you build a more hands-on understanding of the field (and equipping you with the job-ready experience to land high-paying jobs on the market).

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Why Study Cyber Security?

With rates of digital crime facing exponential growth, cyber crime experts are only bound to see greater demand in the years to come. According to recent statistics by the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), the 2020-21 financial year saw over 65,700 cyber crime reports; a 13% increase from the previous year. Such volume equates to approximately one cyber attack reported per 8 minutes.

With cyber crimes evolving in both number and sophistication (often as fast as every month), the field of cyber security has never been in greater demand. Single-layer, “perimeter security” measures are no longer enough (i.e. traditional protection methods such as firewalls, intrusion detection, and passwords), growing progressively outdated as cyber criminals find new ways of breaching once tried-and-true safeguards. Additionally, with our business, communication, and transactional means shifting further from localised premises and into the expanding digital space – in which defined network “borders” cease to exist and vulnerabilities abound – we’ll continuously need newer, more proactive ways of securing data from prying eyes.

Much of these rising crimes are due to the natural evolution of tech in recent years; both creating more sophisticated means of cyber crime and feeding our growing reliance on digital data, leaving plenty of information vulnerable in the vast, highly-accessible areas of cyberspace. However, the recent COVID-19 pandemic have lent to greater opportunities for online exploitation. Malicious actors have reportedly targeted private information under the guise of offering medical or pandemic-related information, and the shift to work-from-home arrangements have left plenty of workers – with often insubstantial home network security – susceptible to online threats.

These growing rates of crime, paired with the rise of remote work, has made cyber security more sought after than ever. Professionals looking to enter the field will find themselves spoilt for opportunities; and with high demand outpacing an alarmingly growing skills gap, plenty are likely to offer generous salary packages. According to Payscale, the average pay for cyber security skills currently sits at $97,000 per year, with rates likely to increase as one’s experience grows.

Additionally, the field is highly flexible due to its online nature. Cyber security specialist are likely to find plenty of remote work or freelance opportunities, allowing them to take their work wherever they please.

Not only is cyber security flexible in its nature of work, however – the skills you build are also flexibly applicable to other IT sectors. You’ll find that plenty of skills areas overlap with other roles, such as those in software development, programming, and networking; granting you the ease of exploring other sectors and shifting your career when necessary.

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