Andrews’ Labor government is advancing women in cybersecurity with a pilot program to improve representation and address labor shortages in the industry.
Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford, today announced that applications for the Women in Security Pilot Program are now open, backed by $100,000 from the Government’s Cyber Strategy labor.
The pilot project is a training course run with the Australian Women in Security Network (AWSN) providing 26 women currently working in the tech industry with internships to deepen their knowledge and start a new career or move into management positions. management in the area of security.
The program is available to women who have worked in the technology sector for at least one year and to women with more than three years of experience in a cyber role.
Participants will receive specialized training, coaching and mentoring services, as well as workshops and networking events with training starting mid-year.
Women currently make up just 31% of Victoria’s digital tech workforce, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics and less than 17% of the national cybersecurity workforce according to the Australian Information Security Association.
To keep Victoria ahead of the latest cybercrime tactics, Victoria is focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce of cyber professionals who can develop solutions and tackle these threats head-on.
Victoria’s Cyber Strategy is a four-year plan and investment of over $50 million that will build the state’s cybersecurity resilience, support local cyber businesses, and develop a more vibrant and competitive cyber sector.
For more information, including how to apply, visit awsn.org.au.
As Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and Digital Economy, Jaala Pulford said
“Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing industry and we are excited to help more women take on new jobs and careers in cyber.”
“We are investing in Victoria’s cybersecurity sector so businesses and other organizations can stay ahead of existing and emerging cyberattack tactics.
As Government Services Minister Danny Pearson said
“A diverse workforce is a stronger workforce and our 2021 Cyber Strategy supports programs that promote diversity, bringing more women into roles crucial to building a more robust and representative cyber industry.
Citation attributable to AWSN Executive Director and Founder, Jacqui Loustau
“I think it’s great to be able to give back and provide these types of opportunities for more talented women who have access to this industry.”