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Survey highlights the need to close the cybersecurity talent gap

As cyber threats around the world increase in sophistication, the demand for professionals to protect commercial and government networks continues to grow.

 Australia enjoys several advantages when it comes to developing the cybersecurity workforce of the future, according  to Securing Our Future: Closing the Cybersecurity Talent Gap, an opinion survey commissioned by Raytheon in partnership with the US National Cyber Security Alliance. However, the survey did illuminate the need to more aggressively introduce the concept of cyber careers to the nation's younger generations.

The 2016 survey, conducted by Zogby Analytics, highlights the talent gap in the cybersecurity field. The study of 3,779 adults aged 18-26 was undertaken in late August in Australia, Germany, Japan, Jordan, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Turkey, the UAE, the UK and the US. The survey results offer insight into why the global shortage in cyber professionals exists and suggests possible solutions to the problem.

Among the survey's findings:

"The survey is a reminder that cybersecurity is not just a career of the future — it is a career of the present,” said Michael Ward, managing director of Raytheon Australia. “As a company with a large engineering and technical workforce, Raytheon is acutely aware of the need to motivate young Australian men and women to continue their maths and science studies, so they can be equipped for cybersecurity careers."

Since 2007, Raytheon Australia has partnered with Questacon, Australia’s National Science and Technology Centre, to reach further and motivate more young Australians to pursue science, maths and engineering-related careers.

This document does not contain Technical Data or Technology controlled under either the U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations or the U.S. Export Administration Regulations. E16-SZV7.

 

Published: 10/26/2015

Last Updated: 11/07/2016

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