Introduction to Cyber Security Skill Set

Jobs and Skills WA: Cyber security courses
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Cyber security is a huge growth industry, with fantastic job and career opportunities all around the world, and this short course skill set will get you job ready to start your cyber crime fighting career!

You'll learn basic skills in network security; how to implement and monitor workplace health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs to meet legislative requirements; contribute to copyright, ethics and privacy in an IT environment, how to recognise and identify cyber security risks; and how to secure a networked personal computer (PC). This course is the perfect introduction to cyber security to kickstart your career or keep your personal network, computer and devices secure.

Skill sets
VET for secondary students
Industry: Information Technology, Library and Digital
WA State ID: AE781
What unit/s of competency are in this skill set?

This skill set contains the following nationally recognised unit/s of competency.

Unit code Unit title
BSBXCS301 Protect own personal online profile from cyber security threats
BSBXCS303 Securely manage personally identifiable information and workplace information
BSBXCS302 Identify and report online security threats
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What further study options are available from here?

The units in this skill set may lead to the qualifications listed below, and others that allow selection of these units.

  • Certificate III in Information Technology
  • Certificate III in Information Technology (Cyber Security)
  • Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Certificate III in Information Technology (Network Administration)
  • Certificate IV in Cyber Security
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology
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Learn the basic concepts needed to identify and protect yourself against common cyber threats and scams. With this course, you will gain an understanding of Cyber Security principles and policies, commonly used authentication and authorisation techniques and general network security fundamentals.

Learning outcomes:

  • Protect own personal online profile from cyber security threats
  • Identify and report online security threats
  • Securely manage personally identifiable information and workplace information.

Gain a glimpse into the world of cyber risks and threats and an understanding of how to protect yourself and those around you.

If you have always wanted a broad, entry level understanding of cyber awareness, this skill set is aimed at providing you with knowledge about cyber risks and threats in the world we live in. You'll gain skills to help you protect yourself and others around you.

Armed with an understanding of Privacy Laws in relation to Cyber Security, you'll be able to manage your own personal profile and identifiable information more effectively.

You'll gain an awareness of the potentially catastrophic impact of cyber security breaches through reviewing scenarios that play out all too frequently.

Within organisations, security threats must be identified and reported to limit exposure and impact. You'll learn how this is achieved via case studies and standard industry practices.

This skill set will benefit all non-technical employees and managers equipping them to support the business by protecting themselves, equipment, assets and the organisation as a whole. You could also use the skills you gain to begin on a pathway to employment in cyber security. A technical background in IT is not essential.

Please note this skill set is experiencing high demand and places are limited.


Joondalup (Kendrew Crescent)

Get ready to secure your digital footprint.

Learn the skills to secure your digital footprint whether it be for a small business or your own personal devices. 

This skill set will give you an introduction to the world of IT in workplaces where routine cyber security practices are required.

You will learn basic skills in network security, WHS basics and cyber security awareness.

Please note: This course is delivered over one semester or as a 10 week course starting at the beginning of each term.  

The Cyber Security Skillset is an introductory course which allows students to develop basic skills and knowledge to support the protection of personal and workplace information from online threats.

Students will be able to access Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) training to obtain internationally recognised Cybersecurity Certification.

Students will gain an understanding of Privacy Laws in the context of Cyber Security allowing them to manage personal profiles and identifiable information safely.

This course also serves as a pathway for students who wish to pursue further qualifications in Business Technology or Information Communications Technology, such as Certificate III in Information Technology.

This course will suit:

  • Small business owners and professional employees who wish to gain skills and knowledge in cyber security to apply in their existing workplace and for personal application.
  • Adults & school leavers with pathway interests in the ICT industry or who require cyber security skills for personal application.

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