Blue Mountains local Jozsef Kleiner has landed his dream role assessing cybersecurity risks with the NSW Government after completing a Statement of Attainment in CCNA Cybersecurity Operations at TAFE NSW Campbelltown.
Mr Kleiner said after 17 years in the IT industry, he was looking to progress his career and recognised further study in cybersecurity would put him in a strong position moving forward.
"Working in cybersecurity means each day is different. I get to do what I love, thinking creatively to solve new challenges," Mr Kleiner said.
"There is also a real sense of achievement; knowing the work I do helps protect our communities from cybercrime."
With a cybercrime reported every 10 minutes in Australia, TAFE NSW is training the next generation of cybersecurity specialists with the skills to safeguard the virtual community against cyber-attacks.
"My studies at TAFE NSW helped me to learn new skills and keep me current in a fast-changing industry," Mr Kleiner said.
"The course content was really in-depth and practical, preparing me with the skills and experience I needed to be successful in my new role."
Mr Kleiner said any previous experience in the IT industry can help you progress a career in cybersecurity.
"Everything is relevant to cybersecurity. My previous studies at TAFE NSW and skills as a networker and systems administrator have given me great insight and helped me to solve challenges in my role," Mr Kleiner.
"If you're thinking about the next steps in your career and enjoy being creative and problem solving, there are so many opportunities waiting for you in cybersecurity."
TAFE NSW Information and Technology Team Leader Gihan Ebaid said there was no better time to upskill. The industry is predicting an additional 17,000 cybersecurity professionals will be needed to ensure Australia's digital security by 2026.
"Our courses at TAFE NSW are skilling students to meet the high demand for skilled cybersecurity specialists across a wide range of roles, including cybersecurity engineers, analysts, and technicians," said Dr Ebaid.
"TAFE NSW is preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow. We offer courses for anyone looking to upskill their current qualifications or fast track into a new career."
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