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Optus breach shows technology professionals' key role

IT training and investment needs to be a national priority, says ACS

“The Optus data breach highlights the importance of trained and skilled cyber security professionals to Australian businesses and government agencies," says ACS Chief Executive, Chris Vein.

"Securing data and systems is essential in protecting the nation’s digital assets and all Australians’ personal information.

“With Australia needing up to 30,000 cyber security experts in coming years, ACS has been working with education institutions to help address the demand for skilled workers with nine accredited courses at Australian universities.

“While these courses are one way of addressing the need for more people with skills in these fields, we also require industry and government to be investing in both skills and systems to ensure all Australians’ data is secure and our key systems are safe.

“ACS urges Australian governments and businesses to take cyber threats seriously and looks forward to working with Ministers, government departments and corporations to secure the nation’s digital economy.”

The full list of ACS accredited cybersecurity courses can be found here.


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 for more information.