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CBA and UNSW tackle IT security skills shortage

Wednesday, 16 Dec 2015


Building “conveyor belts” of teacher and student capability.

The Commonwealth Bank and UNSW hope to solve a “critical shortage” of cybersecurity professionals in Australia by creating open courses and curricula under a five-year, $1.6 million deal.

The bank and university will jointly create a new “security engineering stream” in UNSW’s computer science program.

They will then open the courseware via creative commons licensing and massive open online courses (MOOCs) – meaning that potentially anyone can take advantage of it and upskill on cybersecurity.

“There is a huge pool of people who potentially could be fantastic cybersecurity professionals and only a few hundred of them get to take our course,” UNSW Associate Professor in computer security and cybercrime Richard Buckland said.

“But with a MOOC, 10,000 of them can take our real university-level course, it’s free and they can do it in their own time at their own pace.

“From my point of view, that’s really what a university is about. We should be lifting the whole population, lifting knowledge and improving the lives of people through education.”

Numbers released this week by Seek show security roles are the hardest to fill of any jobs in the ICT sector.

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