Macquarie Government partners with Fortem Australia on cybersecurity ‘front line’

Macquarie Government, part of the Macquarie Telecom Group, announced it had signed an agreement with Fortem Australia to become an employment partner, committing the company to providing recruitment and career transfer opportunities for first responders across Australia. Founded in 2019, Fortem Australia supports the mental health and wellbeing of Australian first responders and their families. The nonprofit was co-founded by John Bale, also co-founder of Soldier On, a similar organization that supports career transition opportunities for Australian veterans.

As part of the partnership, Macquarie will work closely with Fortem to reskill and recruit first responders into new careers, transitioning them into cybersecurity, cloud and data center security roles to support customers across the Macquarie federal government, with a particular focus on national security and ICT defence. The company will also develop and implement its own first responder recruitment strategy, in partnership with Fortem, to identify opportunities for first responders within the Macquarie Government.

Through this partnership, Macquarie will work directly with Fortem to support training opportunities, resources, networking events and other initiatives to enable first responders to transition careers and join the cybersecurity and security industry. Datas. The agreement comes after the federal government underscored in the budget the need for partnership with industry to address skills shortages in key industries. Cybersecurity needs at least 17,000 new workers by 2026 according to AustCyber.

Macquarie Chief Government Officer Aidan Tudehope said the partnership with Fortem will help develop Australia’s sovereign cyber and defense talent to meet the government’s cybersecurity agenda. “Australia needs to significantly strengthen its position on cybersecurity across the economy. To deliver this improvement, we as a nation must exponentially expand the pool of available talent,” Tudehope said. “The nature of cybersecurity means we must develop and nurture this talent through a sovereign lens – ensuring Australians learn and work to protect Australian data. Australia’s first responders are among the best in the world. Many of them have the analytical, investigative, problem-solving, and pattern-recognition skills needed to succeed in cyber, defense technology, and related industries. In many cases, they already have the essential security permissions needed to work with sensitive data. We are committed to pursuing our goal of building Australian sovereign cybersecurity and ICT capacity, and this important partnership with Fortem will help us in that effort.

Managing Director and Co-Founder of Fortem Australia, John Bale, said the partnership with Macquarie Telecom Group will help more first responder families make a smooth and sustained transition into the next chapter of their careers. “We are delighted to welcome Macquarie to the Fortem family,” Bale said. “Partnering with the right companies to enable the career transition of first responders and their families is at the heart of our mission to provide specialist wellness and mental fitness support to first responder families. Macquarie has long championed the jobs and skills development in Australia and is a leading company in an industry where there is close alignment of values ​​and strong mutual benefits for first responders.

This partnership follows Macquarie Telecom Group’s recent joining of VMware’s Sovereign Cloud initiative, a further reflection of the company’s commitment to sovereign computing capabilities.


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