Australian Cyber Security Professionalisation program
AustCyber is leading an industry co-design team to create the Australian Cyber Security Professionalisation Program (ACSP) with key stakeholders, including universities, TAFEs, cyber security experts and industry associations.
ACSP is a critical step in professionalising the cyber security industry in Australia to global standards, with the intent of being a world leader and improving trust and confidence in Australian cyber security professionals.
Cyber security workforce
Australia continues to face a growing cyber security skills shortage across our economy, as highlighted in AustCyber’s flagship publication the Sector Competitiveness Plan and AustCyber’s platform AUCyberExplorer - an interactive tool that tracks the state of the Australian cyber security job market by providing detailed, actionable data about job supply and demand.
Creating a cyber security marketplace
AustCyber plays a key role in encouraging businesses at the leading edge of emerging and critical high-tech innovations (including startups and scaleups) to protect themselves from cyber security threats. We have grown a unique community marketplace where professionals and companies engage, facilitating problem solving with the right cyber security solutions from the right experts (professionals and companies).
The AustCyber Projects Fund is a $15 million, three-year initiative designed to help the Australian cyber security businesses grow and take their ideas global. Since launching in 2018, we have provided funding to 22 projects that are making a real contribution to growing Australia’s cyber security ecosystem, guided by the knowledge priorities and challenges identified in the Sector Competitiveness Plan, AustCyber’s flagship industry report.
These priorities and challenges helped inform the Projects Fund application criteria, so that the outcomes could contribute to the sustainable growth of Australia’s overall cyber security sector.
All projects were required to demonstrate how ongoing cyber resilience can be achieved as part of their solution.
Industry knowledge priorities:
- Prevention, detection and response technologies
- Identity, authentication and authorisation in the cyber domain
- Security, privacy, trust and ethical use of emerging technologies and services
- Management of the increasingly ‘shared’ responsibility of cyber security.
Cyber Security Traineeship Program
Driving the growth of cyber security talent through the Cyber Security Traineeship Program
It’s predicted that Australia will face a shortage of 7,000 cyber security employees by 2024. In addition, organisations need to bolster their in-house cyber security capability with the significant increase in domestic cyber attacks on large corporations.
To help meet this challenge, AustCyber has partnered with Microsoft, and with the support of MEGT have launched the Cyber Security Traineeship Program.
Aiming to support 200 participants entering a cyber career from 2021 to 2024, the program drives growth by creating new career pathways for employees and upskilling them in this critical area.
The program is an entry-level pathway for new talent to learn IT skills and work simultaneously at an organisation. It focuses on building a diverse workforce and encourages participation by women, veterans, First Nations people, neurodivergent people, and other minority groups.