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Cybersecurity skills shortage an opportunity for Australia

Boosting the workforce’s digital security capabilities will deliver dividends, says ACS

13 September 2022

This morning’s news reports that Australia faces a shortage of 30,000 cybersecurity professionals is an opportunity for the nation says ACS Chief Executive Chris Vein.

“Addressing the chronic skills shortage across all technology sectors is a great opportunity for Australia,” Mr Vein said.

“Our annual Digital Pulse report forecasts the nation faces an annual shortage of 60,000 technology workers across all disciplines and the increasing demand for cybersecurity experts means the forecast gap is quite feasible.

"While daunting, this demand is a great opportunity for Australia. If we can meet this demand, we are going to get more Australians into high-paying technology roles and give industry and government the ability to protect our nation’s IT systems.

“Technology powers Australia, and it’s critical the systems that support the nation are safe and secure so ACS has been working with the federal and state governments to offer pathways for workers to enter the cybersecurity field.

“This year ACS worked with the Queensland government to see a Certificate IV in Cyber Security offered as a traineeship. The program was launched earlier this month and we see it as an important step in helping the state meet its technology security needs.

“Nationally, ACS sees the digital apprenticeship program as another key measure in helping the nation meet its technology workforce and we look forward to working with the federal government in developing the program.”

The 2022 ACS Digital Pulse report, prepared annually by Deloitte Access Economics, found nearly half of Australia’s professional services workforce are interested in moving into the technology sector, attracted by higher wages, better career prospects and more challenging work. Enabling these workers

to make the change will help the nation meet the sustainability and economic challenges of the 21st century.

“We have a great opportunity in Australia to build a digitally capable workforce and cybersecurity is a key part of meeting that challenge. We hope more Australians, young or old, consider joining what is one of the fastest growing parts of the economy.” Mr Vein concluded.

-ENDS-

Further information

Troy Steer

Director of Corporate Affairs and Public Policy

M – 0417 173 740

E – [email protected]

About ACS

ACS is the voice of Australia’s technology sector, representing over 35,000 technology professionals across all industries and across the nation.

Our members work in industry, education, government, and the community delivering the digital services that drive the nation and provide the high-skilled jobs of today and tomorrow.

ACS helps grow technology sector while making sure IT professionals act ethically, responsibly, and in keeping with the best interests of not only their employers, but the wider community.

Through our network of branches in every state and Territory, our innovation labs, education programs and our history of over fifty years, ACS works to help all Australians be part of the nation’s highest growth sector. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.