The ACT Government has provided $700,000 in funding to a new training facility to address the growing demands of cyber security.

The funding will help industry meet the estimated 20,000 job shortages nationwide in cyber security over the next 10 years. This announcement furthers Canberra’s leadership in this key growth industry of the future.

The Training Security Operations Centre (TSOC) and tech-collaboration space is being launched at Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) Reid, which has fast-tracked curriculum development and already trained 168 students since March 2018 to fuel this high-growth sector.

The addition of the TSOC will enhance student experience with a simulated workplace for real-world skills development. Integral to the facility is the interactive virtual cybersecurity platform Penteract, created by local firm by Fifth Domain, which is designed to simulate real cyber security threats.

The TSOC facility has been funded by Austcyber and the ACT Government, and is a collaboration between CIT, local firm Nova Systems, Fifth Domain and ANU.

The TSOC further positions the ACT as the driver of contemporary cyber security training both nationally and globally. Capability within the facility will allow start-ups to showcase and test their new products to clients, and will help future-proof government and business through the upskilling of employees in cyber security training.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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