“We have the talent, the capability, the universities. We have amazing work going on in the country to create a globally competitive cyber security industry.”
Adrian Turner, Chief Executive Officer, Data61
Delivering the Strategy
- Government has partnered with industry and academia to build research and workforce capability in cyber security by establishing Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence, with the successful institutions to be announced in 2017.
- Government is promoting pathways into cyber security careers by increasing the focus on science, technology, engineering and maths in our schools and universities.
- Starting the work to understand and address the causes of low participation by women in cyber security, government hosted a Women in Cyber event in March 2017 to engage women, industry and industry associations. The Office of the Cyber Security Special Adviser also launched a ‘women in cyber’ mentoring initiative in 2016.
- The flagship Stay Smart Online Week 2016 and other key events, including Safer Internet Day and World Backup Day, provided direct and digestible advice and raised cyber security awareness across Australia. Through Stay Smart Online Week in October 2016, it is conservatively estimated that government reached over 400,000 individuals and organisations - and many more through more than 1400 partners spreading the message through their own channels. Stay Smart Online Week also saw the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security release an updated guide for small business and a new guide for individuals on how to be cyber secure.
- The Cyber Security Challenge has attracted a record number of participants and will be held in May 2017
Building on the Strategy
Partnerships are springing up between government, industry, universities and TAFEs resulting in new vocational programs and cyber security degrees, doubling and trebling enrollments into existing cyber security degrees. Universities and TAFEs are adapting their curriculums in response to the Cyber Security Challenge and the job-ready employment needs of the Challenge’s industry partners, Telstra, CISCO, Microsoft, Facebook, Commonwealth Bank, PWC, Splunk, BAE Systems and HackLabs.
Data61 and the Australian Institute of Company Directors have collaborated to lift the digital and cyber literacy of directors and boards across Australia. This initiative aims to create stronger and more secure organisations by facilitating a better understanding of cyber security by boards, appropriate risk management, the required investment and the opportunities for innovation that come with it. This collaboration aims to enhance the creation of highly-skilled company directors equipped to influence economic growth and community prosperity, while protecting enterprise assets from intentional theft or accidental loss. The collaboration is already achieving great success – Data61’s cyber security webinar was the most watched in the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ history.
The highly successful Australian Cyber Security Conference – hosted by the Australian Cyber Security Centre in Canberra in March 2017 – continues to go from strength to strength, with increased speakers, participants and sponsors.
In the past twelve months, a number of industry associations, such as the Australian Information Security Association and the Australian Computer Society, have examined the cyber security skills problems and developed industry strategies to complement government initiatives. For example the Australian Computer Society is developing a certification framework for cyber security professionals.
The Stay Smart Online Alert Service continues to provide practical information to over 40,000 subscribers as well as providing general and targeted advice via its Facebook page with over 18,000 followers. Partnerships with industry build content and amplify messages through newsletters and websites. Government and industry are also driving cyber security messaging through the Security, Influence and Trust Group which brings together security awareness professionals from the Australasian region and includes representatives from major banks, retailers and telecommunications providers.