An interactive mapping tool was launched today to track the state of the Australian cyber security job market in real time. Currently, the tool shows demand for cyber skills in Australia is far outstripping supply creating a “dangerous shortage” of local skills.
CyberSeek launched Tuesday as a joint initiative between CyberCX, Australia’s largest cyber security services company and AustCyber, the leading Australian cyber growth network.
The tool – based on a similar initiative in the US – provides interactive heatmaps and data on cyber job openings and demand across Australia, able to be broken down into job categories, certification requirements, states, and regions.
CyberSeek is designed for the entire sector, from employers and workers to students, education counsellors, and policymakers.
The current data underscores the cyber skills gap in Australia. According to CyberSeek, in the 12 months to September 2020 there were over 14,000 job openings for dedicated and related cyber security roles in Australia, but a talent pool half the size of the national average for employers to recruit from.
According to the tool, for every job advertised in a cyber security related field in Australia, there are only six cyber security workers in existence in the labour market.
It is a dangerous gap, according to John Paitaridis, CEO of CyberCX, the main industry partner of CyberSeek.
“Cyber security workers protect Australia’s most important assets, from critical infrastructure to enterprise intellectual property, through to the personally identifiable information millions of Australians use to access their bank accounts,” Paitaridis said in a statement.
The dangerous shortage of cyber security workers Australia is facing puts our collective digital privacy and infrastructure at risk. As Australia’s largest cyber security provider, we want to play a leading role in helping build a robust and sustainable skills pipeline to drive the industry into the future.”
CyberSeek is funded by AustCyber, a federal government-backed cyber-security growth network that recently merged with technology accelerator Stone & Chalk.
“Maintaining and broadening efforts to attract and train workers in cyber security expertise will ensure the future quality of Australia’s cyber workforce,” said Michelle Price, AustCyber CEO.
“Australia has some of the best cyber talent in the world, but we need to expand the supply of talent coming through the pipeline if we are to have a vibrant and globally competitive economy.
Data used in CyberSeek comes from project partners; job market analytics firm Burnin Glass Technologies, industry association CompTIA, and consultancy Accenture. CyberCX, the 2019 conglomeration of leading Australian cyber services companies, is the main industry partner.