Closing The Cyber Skills Gap
The recent ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) and ASX (Australian Securities Exchange) system meltdowns have shown in quite spectacular style that there is no such thing as a completely secure system online. Sure, systems are getting smarter and more agile, but so are those that seek to interrupt, overload or break into systems.
Globally, there is far more call for cyber security expertise than there are experts to fill the need and nowhere in the world is the cyber security skills gap as wide as it is in Australia.
That’s why we got pretty excited about an otherwise everyday state government announcement of a funding grant for Deakin recently.
The $450,000 LaunchVic grant will see global ICT giant, Dimension Data, and Deakin University jointly establish a cyber security incubator at the university’s Waurn Ponds campus.
The cyber security incubator promises to fast track the development of new cyber security solutions and associated intellectual property. Keeping data and systems safe is really, really big business and with the cyber security skills gap continuing to widen, the market for innovative new solutions is growing.
Deakin will also be offering a new cyber security degree program in 2017, so if you know some smart techy kids, let them know there are some seriously good job prospects in this specialised field.