Wallaby Hackers, Cyberoos? Aussies Foster Cybersecurity Workforce


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According to a study by San Francisco-based cloud security company CloudPassage, not one of the top 10 U.S. undergraduate computer science programs required a single cybersecurity course for graduation and only one of the top 36 programs required a security course for graduation. To address the lack in cybersecurity talent, in February 2016, President Barack Obama proposed a $19 billion Cybersecurity National Action Plan, which includes $62 million to create a CyberCorps Reserve program, a Cybersecurity Core Curriculum and strengthen the National Centers for Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity Program.

The U.S. isn’t the only country seeking to nurture the next generation of cybersecurity professionals.

Australia’s Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security Dan Tehan and Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham Feb. 22 announced that the Australian government will give A$1.9 ($1.4M) to universities that “demonstrate a high level of cyber security education and training competency, research capability and strong connections to the business sector.” 

The ministers said the Australian government was “acting quickly to address the urgent need for a skilled workforce to meet cyber industry needs and protect businesses and our economy from current and future cyber threats.”

In addition to strengthening the cybersecurity workforce, Australia will soon add another layer of protection for consumer privacy. Under a long-awaited legislation that cleared the country’s Parliament Feb. 13, starting in 2018, most companies in Australia will be required to notify the country’s privacy regulator and affected individuals of certain data breaches. The law covers companies with revenues in Australia of over A$3 million ($2.3M).

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