More than 2,000 Queenslanders enjoy free or unpaid, government-funded training to gain skills that will help keep personal and business data safe.
Minister of Education and Skills Development Di Farmer today visited the new Cybersecurity Training Center at Mululaba TAFE on the Sunshine Coast, which offers new training courses on digital skills.
Farmer said Sunshine Coast residents were among 2,200 students enrolled across the state for digital skills qualifications.
“There is a fantastic variety of activities in the digital sector, and this area of learning and skills is supporting a growing part of the economy as a whole,” Farmer said.
“An increasing number of companies are looking for e-commerce opportunities and are increasingly relying on online channels to stay in touch with their customers and attract new business.
“In addition to reducing the cost of access to this training, the Queensland government is making significant investments in digital skills schools as part of our Equipping TAFE initiative for $ 100 million for our Future initiative.
“We are developing cybersecurity operations centers on three TAFE Queensland campuses, with construction recently completed in Mululab, followed by centers in Southbank and Cairns with a total investment of $ 6 million.
“Cybersecurity is a growing industry that requires skilled cybersecurity professionals to enter the workforce both in the state and in the country.
“These operations centers will help train students to monitor hacking and sorting of web data, test cyber attack and protection scenarios, and create new data centers and IT infrastructure.
“The potential in this sector is great, with new technologies and opportunities always appearing, and I hope more people are trained to build a career in a career,” Farmer said.
After seven years working as a draftsman-builder, Jarrad Rogers planned to travel, but when COVID-19 forced him to reconsider his plans, he reborn his passion for working in IT.
Rogers first received the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, and then received the IV Certificate in Cyber Security. Since then, he has worked with IDCARE, a charity that supports victims of fraud and cybercrime, helping them recover and reduce risk.
“My interest in cybersecurity comes from my parents and my desire to protect them,” he said. “They live in the age of digital technology, but have no experience and don’t understand how dangerous it can be, making them vulnerable to online threats.
“There are a lot of such vulnerable people, as well as people who will try to take advantage of them.
“I know that these crimes can harm people. In addition to any financial losses they may incur, they often remain in search of answers and feel ashamed for taking advantage of them, ”he said.
Farmer said Rogers was among more than 500 people who signed up for the IV Certificate in Cybersecurity and will help businesses and other organizations develop strong systems and protect vital data.
“Supporting staff for telecommuting, interacting with customers online, and providing data systems and processes that manage privacy, security, and efficiency make this a vital issue for a variety of businesses,” she said.