Building an international standard for the cyber security workforce

Photo of team at NICE conference

It’s an exciting time to work in cyber security. The industry is scaling at a rapid pace and the need to build and train a skilled cyber security workforce has never been greater.

Growing the national cyber security workforce is a core part of AustCyber’s mission. Australia needs more skilled cyber security workers across the economy to underpin the development of a vibrant and dynamic sector.

AustCyber leads collaboration across the economy to help address the workforce shortage and support the development of skilled cyber security professionals that meet the needs of Australian employers.

We also work with international counterparts to standardise global approaches to workforce development, share perspectives and lessons learned, and collaborate on initiatives of mutual interest.

One of the pillars of this collaboration is the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. The NICE Framework sets the foundations for a commonly understood way of describing and assessing cyber security work roles and the knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks that underpin them. The Framework is an evolving document responsive to input from government, industry and academia.

AustCyber’s Program Director for National Workforce Development, Owen Pierce, was invited to present at the annual NICE Conference in USA in November. His contribution included delivering a pre-conference workshop with counterparts from NICE (USA), Cyber New Brunswick (Canada) and The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (UK) on the topic of ‘International Perspectives in Cyber Security Workforce Development’.

Representatives from over 11 countries participated in the workshop, which analysed and evaluated key drivers affecting the global shortage in cyber security professionals and highlighted innovative responses from presenting organisations. Importantly, the workshop identified areas for collaboration across international borders.

Australian company Fifth Domain and Canadian company Bulletproof provided case studies as part of the workshop. Other Australian participants included The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub and NSW Cyber Security Network.

The case study presented by Matt Wilcox, CEO Fifth Domain, provided a practical, current example of implementing a work-integrated training solution which is mapped to cyber security work roles from the NICE Framework. This work is partly funded through AustCyber’s Projects Fund and is a collaboration between Fifth Domain, the Canberra Institute of Technology, Australian National University and Nova Systems.

The NICE Cyber Security Workforce Framework is gaining traction at a rapid pace in North America, Europe, Asia and South America and we’re proud that Australia is helping to lead the way.

Owen speaking to Nice forum

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Presenter at NICE Conference for Cyber Security Education

Attendees discussion forum at Nice Cyber Security Education Framework conference

Marketing collateral at Cyber Security Education conference