A ‘rapid upgrade’ is needed as a severe shortage of Australian cybersecurity jobs is predicted
New data from a recently commissioned CyberCX report predicted that over the next four years, Australia could end up with 30,000 cyber professionals short of the number needed to cover the country’s security needs.
In an interview with 3AW radio, Katherine Mansted, director of cyber intelligence at CyberCX, predicted a shortfall of 30,000 cybersecurity jobs over the next four years, calling for the need to “upskill quickly.”
“We will need a partnership between government, industry, as well as TAFE and academia.
“We are going to have to improve our skills quickly… we are talking about for example the TAFE programs which allow people to enter the job market faster than a higher degree and also the industry academies.
In a recent Twitter thread, Home Affairs and Cybersecurity Minister Clare O’Neil has called for a migration scheme that includes sponsorship of people with cybersecurity skills after Albanian Government Employment Summit.
“We need to think about ways to include sponsorship opportunities for emerging jobs and industries that support the development of our sovereign capabilities.
“We need an Australian-designed future. One of those critical sovereign capabilities is cybersecurity,” O’Neil said.
“The current situation presents a good opportunity to ‘better define and manage cyber skills in the workforce,'” O’Neil added, saying that cyber security skills are needed.
“Unless we have a thriving and diverse cyber-skilled workforce, we will continue to suffer the high financial costs that cyber incidents impose on the economy and on us as individuals.
“If we’re going to keep our economic miracle alive, we’re going to need more help,” O’Neil said.
As Australia has stepped up cybersecurity measures, Mansted further explained that “These increases are not keeping pace with the growth of cybercrime.”
“We have seen cybercrime grow exponentially year after year since around 2019.
“We have about 30,000 people – which is a huge amount of people — over the next four years that we will need to introduce to this cybersecurity industry to ensure that we keep pace with the evolving activities of cybercriminals and nation states.
“Skilled migration is going to play a role… but the main thing will have to come from training and also reinvigorating the way we train in this country,” Mansted said.
[Related: Report reveals by 2032, industrial cyber security market set to be US$43.5bn]