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Education, key to addressing cybersecurity skills gap in Australia

Leaders in cybersecurity education, industry and government gathered recently at UNSW Sydney to discuss how to solve the nation’s shortfall of cybersecurity professionals.

According to a recent press release, the Australian Cybersecurity Education Summit aims to address the skills gap in cybersecurity.

It is focused exclusively on education by bringing together the nation’s leading cybersecurity experts to counter the major skills shortage.

The event is a brainchild of the Director of the Security Engineering Capability Institute (SECedu).

SECedu is an Australian-first partnership between the University and an Australian bank that aims to train Australia’s next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Lack of cybersecurity experts

The Director explained that the biggest cyber problem Australia faces by far is the lack of cybersecurity experts with the skills and knowledge to counter cyberattacks.

According to him, all problems in cyberspace are solvable. The problem is that there are not enough hands.

He furthered that cybersecurity, if left unchecked, is an existential threat to the modern world because cybercrime erodes trust, and most of the systems and institutes operate on a foundation of trust.

If trusting the government, or even the smartphone, house or car has become impossible, then society will be in trouble.

In order to position Australia as a global cybersecurity leader into the future, there is a need to facilitate and nurture practical partnerships and improve how cyber experts are being taught and grown.

Building the needed cyber education bandwidth

The summit is a full day of exploration and engagement with Australia’s leading cyber educators, major industry and government employers of cybersecurity professionals, students and graduates.

According to the General Manager of the bank’s Cyber Security Centre, the summit was about building the cyber education bandwidth needed in Australia and working out how best to get the topic on the national agenda.

It is imperative that people are safe whenever they use or interact with technology. With lives increasingly moving online, cybersecurity education is a key building block in the safe use of technology.

Australia can lead in cybersecurity

Australia has the opportunity to make use of its highly trusted position internationally and strong foundation in STEM and computer science education to grow the next generation of talented cybersecurity professionals.

There is a need for graduates who are trained and capable to challenge the status quo and make progress on the sizeable challenges being faced in the cybersecurity industry.

The skills gap should be addressed by creating ‘cybersecurity scientists’. These are people who will ask the big questions, challenge existing assumptions, and sustainably define and solve big cyber issues.

The summit aims to be inspirational and aspirational in order to appeal to anyone involved in hiring, making decisions about or educating cybersecurity professionals.

This includes policymakers, decision-makers, government, educators and education leaders, and even cybersecurity students, because their voice was important too.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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