CSU cyber security course attracts world wide interest

Thursday 23 Jan 2014
Charles Sturt University (CSU) and industry partner IT Masters have received more than 2 600 enrolments in a free short course in IT network security.
The Network Security Administrator free Short Course starts on January 23 and is designed for system administrators, network administrators and anyone who is interested in network security technologies. It will comprise five weekly live lectures delivered via webinars with recordings of the webinars being available for those unable to make the live events.  
The free course covers the first 5 weeks of theNetwork Security Fundamentals subject, part of CSU's Master of Information Systems Security  which is based on the based on the EC-Council Certified Network Administrator certification (ENSA).
IT Masters CEO Mr Martin Hale said he wasn't surprised at the level of interest, particularly in light of a recent Cisco study that showed ashortage of over a million cyber security professionals world wide.
 "Vulnerability and threat levels are at record highs and in my opinion, this course covers the absolute minimum knowledge base that anyone working in computer support should have," he said.
"Over the years I have talked to so many IT support professionals who say that they are going to update their security skills but never quite get around to it.  I understand how busy they are, but I am sure that their Company Board of Directors would be uncomfortable if the people supporting their Network were not making Cyber Security a priority."
Mr Hale said applications for the course have been coming from all over the world.
"One thing that initially surprised us was the fact that a much higher proportion of enrolments than normal were coming from the USA," he said.
"However, we think the high level of interest is because the United States Government, National Security Agency (NSA) and the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) have certified the Network Security Administrator course (ENSA) as meeting the 4011 Training Standard for Information Security professionals.
"This recognition of the ENSA certification is just one in growing list of international security agencies who are endorsing EC-Council and the 60,000 IT Professionals who have gained their certifications."


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