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Australia haa a huge national cybersecurity skills shortage, Intel Security says

By Hafizah Osman | Aug. 4, 2016
Nearly nine in 10 Australian IT execs say their companies need more skilled workers

Australia had the second highest level for the view that the country is well informed on the issue of data privacy (72 per cent said they were either extremely or very well informed); 68 per cent said they believe that the laws and regulations for cybersecurity are the right level of strictness; and 79 per cent said cybersecurity laws and regulations are effective in the country.

Other findings from the study include:

  • Across Australian organisations, nearly half (44 per cent) feel that they are a target for hackers due to limited cybersecurity and nearly a third (27 per cent) say they have lost proprietary data already.
  • In Australia, 57 per cent of organisations look for a Bachelor’s degree as a minimum requirement, but only 27per cent said this was important when evaluating candidates for cybersecurity job.
  • Only one in four (24 per cent) say that education programs fully prepare professionals for the cybersecurity industry.
  • One in ten Australian organisations look at participation in hacking competitions as an important feature (13 per cent) - higher than the average 10 per cent.
  • 87 per cent of Australian organisations said that hacking competitions play a role in developing cybersecurity talent (global average of 68 per cent), with 72 per cent of Australian respondents reporting that they had participated in one in the past (global average of 51 per cent).


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