16,000 Jobs and Nobody to Fill Them
Have you ever noticed the gap between academia and industry, when it comes to cybersecurity? We believe that this disconnect is a systemic problem which will continue to impact the industry for the foreseeable future.
Time and time again, we see the industry struggling to hire recently graduated students. This issue is echoed in the latest AustCyber ‘Accelerating and Sustainable Growth’ report, which outlines that “the sector may struggle to maintain a sustainable, high-quality pipeline of skills which match employee needs”. We believe this systemic issue is due to the current educational methodologies embraced by universities as well as the absence of cybersecurity content within secondary education.
This talk aims to highlight the common issues with the way universities currently educate individuals, in matters of cybersecurity, and how student-run societies aim to bridge said gaps. The final call for action includes areas that the industry can aid these student society efforts, making an impact on the future of the industry. Come watch the talk if you’re passionate about securing the future of the industry, wanting to help out with cybersecurity education, or just want to make new friends!
Donny and Ben are security engineers from Bugcrowd and are also part of the UTS Cyber Security Society (UTS CSEC). UTS CSEC is a student-run club that strives to promote cyber security at the University of Technology Sydney. The society aims to build up an individual's cyber security knowledge and practical skills to better prepare its members to meet the demands of the industry.
Donny was the society's president in 2021 and is now a member of the advisory board, while Ben is the current president. Donny's and Ben's core interests lie in creating an environment where members can learn about cybersecurity regardless of education level, background, or skill level.