Addressing the cyber skills gap


Cybersecurity in Australia has become more topical than ever in the wake of rhetoric surrounding the country’s cyber vulnerabilities, brought to the forefront by several cybersecurity scares targeting our grandest of institutions, such as the recent breach at Parliament House.

In the face of these increasing threats, Australia’s skills shortage in the cybersecurity industry should be cause for concern. The current shortfall of workers stands at 2,300, with an estimated 17,600 more needed by 2026[1]. Pathways into the field are often obscured and difficult to navigate, resulting in a nationwide lack of job-ready cyber professionals[2].

One such initiative aimed at identifying pathways into cybersecurity education is the recently launched AustCyber Education Map. The interactive dashboard allows users to explore a comprehensive database of programs currently on offer at Australian educational institutions such as UNSW Canberra.

UNSW Canberra Cyber is leading national and international collaborative research projects, and educating and mentoring the next generation of Australian leaders and thinkers in the field. The institution will continue to drive new paradigms in the practice of cybersecurity, ensuring that Australia has the workforce needed to tackle the skills shortage.

[1], 2  AustCyber, Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan – 2018 Update