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In an effort to bridge the gender gap within Australia’s cyber security industry, the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) has announced the CyberWomen NSW Program.
Thanks to partnerships with Akkodis, the Institute of Applied Technology – Digital (IAT-D), and Microsoft, the new program aims to empower women and support them in future careers in the cyber security industry, for both those currently studying IT and cyber, to those who work in different fields and are looking for a career change.
The program, which has the support of the NSW government, is free and will run over 28 weeks. This will include an eight-week bootcamp, two eight-week micro-credentials, four weeks of career workshops and a group case study project.
The program can also be done comfortably alongside full-time work, requiring only 10 to 20 hours a week. Learning sessions are delivered in a hybrid format, with instructor-led sessions that can be seen live or viewed as recordings later.
To be eligible for the program, applicants need to identify as a woman, be an NSW resident, have working rights in Australia and be either a recent graduate of an IT course or a career changer of 25 years old or above.
There are only 20 spots in total available, with registrations closing on Friday, 23 February. The course will commence on 1 April 2024.
The CyberWomen NSW Program is the latest initiative from the AWSN, a group that aspires to create a security industry that is diverse and safe for women.
“Women and those who identify themselves as female make up half our population; however, the number of women working in security in Australia is low (with women in cyber security making up only 17 per cent),” the organisation said on its site.
The AWSN was founded in 2015, and in its almost decade-long existence, it has launched several programs and opportunities for women through events, scholarships, and subsidised programs, ensuring that careers and education in the cyber security industry are available to everyone.