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Thinking of reskilling for a job in cyber security?

by Chloe Baird
Posted: October 28, 2020

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As the cyber security landscape continues to evolve, cyber criminals increasingly find new ways to launch sophisticated cyber attacks on businesses, government agencies and individuals. And this means that we need skilled, trained professionals at the forefront to adeptly detect, prevent, and respond to cyber attacks.  

The answer to the cyber security skills shortage could lie in upskilling existing IT workers, or encouraging others to reskill. 

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The skills shortage in cyber security  

Technology has changed the way we live and interact with the world around us. And while it’s made many aspects of life much easier, it has also created a whole new way for malicious criminals to exploit others for their own gain.  

One of the reasons why there has been an increasing amount of attacks in Australia and the rest of the world is because there simply aren’t enough Cyber Security Specialists out there to prevent and respond to attacks.  

To try and combat this shortage, the Australian government has committed $1.35 billion to enhancing Australia’s cyber security capabilities. Spread out over ten years, this is the biggest investment in cyber security in Australia to date.  

Approximately one third of this budget will be used to gather a specialised team of cyber security professionals who will operate within the Australian Signals Directorate. This will create more than 500 new Australian government cyber security jobs. 

Reskilling and upskilling for a job in cyber security 

Whether you currently work in the IT industry and are thinking of upskilling, or are thinking of reskilling and beginning a new career path, now is the time to join the cyber security industry.  

The difference between reskilling and upskilling is this:  

Upskilling means keeping ahead of changes in the industry so your skillset doesn’t become outdated and irrelevant. Upskilling is about constantly building upon and expanding your existing skillset. At the rate technology is changing, upskilling is very important for many workers to ensure they don’t get left behind.  

Reskilling means that you need to learn an entirely new set of skills because your existing skills have become outdated. Having to reskill is not a bad thing. Just because your existing skillset is no longer current, it doesn’t mean that you can’t learn something new. For example, if your position is made redundant your boss might suggest that you reskill so that the company can still keep you on, just in a different capacity to your old job. Reskilling is also a good idea for people who want to begin an entirely new career path.   

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How IT workers can upskill to move into a cyber security role 

If you currently work in IT and are thinking of upskilling for cyber security, then one of the best things you can do is let your superiors know that you’re keen to learn.  

Australia is one of the most targeted countries in the world for cyber attacks, and businesses know this. Offering to step up and learn new cyber security skills with a specialised course (and bulk up your own range of skills in the process) can only be a good thing for your company.  

If your company doesn’t want to invest time and money into training its existing employees in cyber security (which, frankly, will only be to the company’s detriment) then you can always choose to do your own research and find a cyber security course that suits you. Studying while working can be challenging at times, but it can be done. And once you’ve completed your course, you’ll have a brand-new set of in-demand skills that can help you search for bigger and better roles—whether that’s with your current employer or someone else.  

Is cyber security a good career choice for people with no IT experience? 

Demand is incredibly high for Cyber Security Professionals right now. So if you’ve ever thought about pursuing a career in cyber security, even if you don’t have much (or any) IT experience, a good cyber security course can help you get your foot in the door.  

For many employers, they’re on the lookout for people with both credentials and experience. So if you don’t have any previous IT experience, then you need to find ways you can get it. This could be in the form of internships, volunteering, or entering cyber security competitions. This, coupled with a qualification, could be your ticket to an entry-level job in cyber security.   

Want to learn more about what skills and traits employers are looking for?

Read our blog: ‘What skills do you need for a job in cyber security?’ 

Are there any cyber security courses for non-IT professionals? 

Developed and delivered by industry experts, the Certified Cybersecurity Professional course has been designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to identify and defend against cyber security threats.  

This course has been designed in such a way that you don’t need any previous experience in IT to start studying. This makes it a great choice for people looking to reskill and begin a new career. But it’s also ideal for people looking to upskill and expand their knowledge of the industry.  

This online cyber security course does have set intake dates, so make sure you enrol now before the next course begins. 

Begin a career in cyber security and enrol today. 





Chloe Baird

Chloe is an Open Colleges alumnus who now works full time for OC as a Content and Copywriting Specialist. She is passionate about encouraging others to pursue their goals through education.

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