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A pressing need for cybersecurity leadership in Australia and abroad

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There was a time when cybersecurity was a secondary consideration for businesses and organisations, but that time has passed.

In the wake of the cyberattack on the Australian Parliament earlier this year, cybersecurity is again a core issue for organisations in both public and private sectors, as well as an ongoing national security concern.

Australia is well-positioned to become one of the world leaders in cybersecurity globally by 2026, but only if we make the necessary investment in education and training now.

Educating the next generation of cybersecurity-savvy managers

To combat the rising tide of cybercrime in Australia and abroad, education and training is crucial. Not just for cybersecurity specialists working in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) fields, but also for middle and senior managers in a multitude of industries that rely on digital communication technology.

The most recent Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Threat Report 2017 urged that prevention is ‘better than a cure’, and ‘Investing in trained personnel will prove more beneficial than investing in software and applications that existing personnel may not be able to support’.

Abundant career opportunities for managers with cybersecurity expertise

Organisations are struggling to find skilled cybersecurity talent, so it’s no surprise that skilled managers with cybersecurity knowledge are finding themselves in high demand.

According to a 2018 report by the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, there is significant work to be done to address Australia’s cybersecurity skills shortage, at a time when 18,000 new cybersecurity positions need to be filled by 2026.

There is a huge opportunity for existing managers across tech-dependent industries, as well as ICT specialists and managers, to upskill in cybersecurity.

Philip Branch, Associate Professor in Telecommunications Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology, discusses the skills you need to have a successful career in cybersecurity.

Become a leader in your field with the sought-after ability to assess organisational priorities in the context of cybersecurity risk.

Study a Graduate Certificate or Master of Cybersecurity Management today. Alternatively, you may be interested in studying the Swinburne Online micro unit Cybersecurity Strategy for Leaders, which is an excellent way to immediately upskill with a six-week short course that you can easily fit around your work and personal commitments.