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Labor pledges $4m to boost CIT’s cyber security training

Ian Bushnell 17 May 2019

Head of Cyber Security and Games Dr Abu Barkat celebrates the first year of cyber training at CIT this week. Photo: CIT.

Cyber security training at Canberra Institute of Technology in Reid will receive a $4 million boost as part of a federal Labor Government’s plans to deal with emerging threats to the delivery of services online.

The specialist Cyber Security Training Centre will be scaled up and designed to respond to the growth sectors in big data, analytics, and space-related technology roles for large infrastructure, including the Australian Public Service, in the ACT and region.

Last November CIT launched its Training Security Operations Centre (TSOC) and tech-collaboration space at Reid to address growing industry concerns, with the ACT Government contributing $700,000 to the facility. It also received funding from Austcyber and is a collaboration with local firms Nova Systems and Fifth Domain, and ANU.

This week CIT celebrated its first year of delivering cyber security training, with a Tech Show at Reid.

Labor Senate candidate Katy Gallagher and candidate for Canberra Alicia Payne announced the $4 million injection on Wednesday at CIT Reid.

Ms Gallagher said Labor wanted people to learn the skills they needed in state-of-the-art facilities and to do it in the nation’s capital.

“Labor has a plan to invest in the facilities that train the best-skilled workers right here in Canberra. We want it to be seamless for them to take the skills they learn into workplaces, like the Department of Defence, on the forefront of the mission to keep our public sector data safe,” Ms Gallagher said.

“Boosting national security and protecting government networks is becoming more and more important. Labor has a plan to make sure this gets the highly skilled specialist workers it needs.”

She said federal Labor would work closely with the ACT Government and CIT to build the facility and make sure it contributed to the work that the ACT Government was already doing in innovation.

Labor candidate for Canberra Alicia Payne said the funding injection was a win-win for Canberra.

“This exciting new facility will provide an opportunity for young people to get the skills they need to get a job, but also will see an investment in local jobs during the construction phase,” Ms Payne said.

“This is an investment from a Federal Labor Government in the ACT economy and in the jobs of the future.”

CIT’s Head of Cyber Security and Games Dr Abu Barkat said this week that cyber security had gone from strength to strength in such a short time at CIT.

“Our cyber security courses are changing the workforce and national security, shifting students into careers that are servicing new and emerging industry needs and driving the ACT and Australian economy,” he said.

“CIT has now welcomed 300 cyber security students into the college within 12 months of operation. We have already produced three graduating classes from our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and are so proud that students representing our Certificate IV cohort will be our inaugural graduating class from that program in July 2019.”

The Cyber Tech Show was an opportunity for start-up cyber security companies to showcase their innovative technology to wider industry and students of cyber security. Cydarm and Penten presented their innovative technology that has been built here in Australia to better combat cyber security threats.

The upgrades are part of Federal Labor’s $200 million Building TAFE for the Future Fund aimed at revitalising TAFE campuses across Australia.

If elected, Labor says it will make more than $1 billion in additional investment in TAFE, including 150,000 additional Apprentice Incentives, 100,000 TAFE places with no upfront fees, 20,000 adult apprentices and 10,000 pre-apprenticeship programs.


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