ACS (Australian Computer Society) has launched microCredentials which recognise pre-existing knowledge, skills, and experience in cyber security.

MicroCredentials validate achievements against a set of internationally-recognised skills which align to the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), the most commonly-used ICT competency framework defining the skills required to perform job roles across all aspects of the technology industry.

The Cyber Security microCredentials framework which underpins the determination of prior knowledge, skills and experience was developed by ACS. The society defined and produced the descriptions of standards and required knowledge areas within the specialisms of the microCredentials for Cyber Security.

The cyber security microCredential specialisms include: Information Security (which is a prerequisite for all microCredentials), Governance, Risk Management, Business Resilience, Compliance and Assurance, Security Testing, Development and Architecture, Operations Managements, Intrusion Detection, Digital Forensics, Vulnerability Assessment, Incident Management, and Identity and Access.

IT professionals can apply for any of the five levels of recognition:

Bronze – Apply – SFIA Level 3

Silver – Enable – SFIA Level 4

Gold – Ensure and advise – SFIA Level 5

Platinum – Initiate and influence – SFIA Level 6

Diamond – Strategise and Direct – SFIA Level 7

Successful candidates earn a digital badge which effectively communicates their level of experience and knowledge to their employer and prospective employers.

ACS member Zoran Savanovic (Cyber CP) became the first to achieve Cyber Security microCredentials in Diamond Information Security, Diamond Governance and Diamond Operations Management.

The microCredentials launch follows May’s rollout of the ACS Learning Accelerator as part of a transformed digital learning experience extending course options helping members with reskilling and career enhancement.

The microCredentials scheme is open to both ACS members and non-members. More details can be found on the ACS microCredentials website.