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Fill the gap: Australia is on the hunt for thousands of cyber security experts

Australia is falling short in a battle to fill the cyber security skills shortage and ensure that a new generation of IT professionals can step up to the plate and fill the looming gap.

A recent report by jobsite Indeed has stated that Australia has a measly 7% of the cyber security skills that it needs. It begs the question as to why these cyber security professionals are so hard to find? An Indeed representative comments, “The problem is that cyber security professionals – who combine broad technical skills with specific security expertise and an understanding of business risk – are becoming much harder to find. Addressing this skills shortage will remain a matter of critical importance for the foreseeable future." 

What also needs to come to attention is that many people are unaware of just how much malicious cyber activity is happening to businesses and individuals all around Australia. “The general public are largely unaware that there are unscrupulous hackers who don’t discriminate when it comes to who they attack,” Denis Coldham, SM TAFE IT head of programs, said.

Amid all of these issues, AustCyber has expected that Australia will require an additional 11,000 cyber security specialists over the next 10 years. A call to action is desperately needed in hopes to overcome the widespread skills shortage that the country is currently facing in order to deliver skilled cyber experts that are in such high demand.

Look towards a future in one of the most lucrative and in-demand jobs Australia has on offer with the Advanced Diploma of Cyber Security (22445VIC), becoming available at South Metropolitan TAFE in semester 2, 2019. 

Graduates of this advanced diploma will be equipped with the in-demand skills required to advance their information technology career beyond networking and become a specialist in the ever-evolving world of cyber security

Page last updated February 21, 2019