Cyber security drives regional employment

Cyber security drives regional employment

You would be forgiven for thinking that cyber security firms have their heads firmly in the city, but increasingly, this growth sector employer is exploring what regional Australia has to offer.

“Traditionally people look to the capitals for cyber security talent,” said Bernadette Brown, Director at Australian cyber security firm Cogito Group. 

“We wanted to challenge this approach to recruitment and place value on the skills and characteristics we feel are important to the industry.”

This is the underlying message behind Cogito Group’s Regional Internship Program, inspired by founder Richard Brown’s journey from Casino, NSW, to establishing his business in Canberra.

“We know there are regional universities who are producing young kids with great skills,” said Bernadette, “but they just don’t have the opportunities of those who live in the capitals.” 

‘We offer a paid opportunity to work at Cogito as well as travel expenses to get to Canberra from the regions. We hope that this will boost interest and uptake of cyber security roles amongst individuals from rural areas and continue to grow this rapidly expanding industry within Australia.’

Previous interns have come from Casino and Nowra. They have been offered full time roles at the end of their program.

“We are passionate about giving young people the opportunity to make cyber security their career whatever their background,” said Richard.

Cogito was one of the cyber security organisations who attended the 2019 Australian Trade Mission to the US in March. The Mission – led by AustCyber and Austrade – delivered a targeted program of panels and events that were designed to provide market insights, collaboration opportunities and export pathways.

About Cogito Group

Cogito Group is an Australian owned ICT company dedicated to providing organisations with digital security solutions. Cogito Group assists organisations with their digital security and authentication requirements by taking the ‘trust’ conventions that work in the physical market place, that protect organisations from fraud – such as photo identification; hand written signatures – and makes them work online.

Cogito Group counts the Defence departments of both Australia and New Zealand within its client list of government departments and leading corporates.