Cyber Security Hub Project

A rapid solution to Canberra’s cyber skills shortage

Canberra is facing a cyber skills shortage with research predicting a scarcity of 18,000 cyber experts by 2026 (AustCyber, 2020).

According to The Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2020/2019, cyber security revenue could grow by 40% to A$5 billion in the next 4 years. Canberra is well positioned to be Australia’s leading city for cyber security due its established ecosystem, proximity to the federal government and concentrated footprint. Over the course of a 12 month pilot, we are engaging with the Canberra Cyber Hub to design a framework for incremental competency development in cyber security.

In order to meet the urgent need for fast training and retraining of workers, it is recommended that the Hub implements a Workplace-Lead Work Integrated Learning model, utilising modules of education/training that:

  • Meet the workplace skills need, and
  • May lead to a formal qualification

Key Benefits

  • Supports fast training and retraining of the future cyber workforce.
  • Can be implemented quickly and increase the size of the cyber workforce in 2022.
  • A lack of transferable skills is a key barrier to joining the cyber workforce quickly.

Opportunity

  • Over the next 4 years, cyber security revenue could grow by 40% to A$5 billion in the next 4 years.  (Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2020, 2019).
  • Canberra is well positioned to be Australia’s leading city for cyber security due its established ecosystem, proximity to federal government and concentrated footprint. (Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan 2020, 2019).