Ransomware attacks are more common than ever and cyber security is becoming a key focus for many firms across APAC.

As the Head of Security, APJ Commercial at Amazon Web Services, Phil Rodrigues knows full well both the importance of good cyber security and the challenges local firms face.

That’s why he supports the Federal Government’s move when it recently announced more than $8 million dedicated to innovative projects designed to improve the skills and availability of cyber security professionals across Australia.

The funding will be directed to eight successful projects which form round one of the $70 million Cyber Security Skills Partnership Innovation Fund, a scheme to introduce students to training and career pathways but also create job-ready professionals through industry traineeships and work experience programs.

The eight recipient projects of the funding include:

  • La Trobe University was awarded $2.35 million to raise awareness among 80,000 high school students about cyber security skills and training opportunities
  • An Australian Cyber Security Growth Network led project to develop a practical Cyber Security Traineeship program to support about 200 participants into a cyber security career
  • A Central Regional TAFE led project to improve the number and quality of cyber security trained professionals including women in regional and remote locations in Western Australia
  • A CSIRO led project to up-skill SME leaders and early career researchers in cyber security innovation and provide 100 university students with work experience
  • A RightCrowd led project offering post-graduate training with Griffith University and commercial internships providing on-the-job exposure
  • A TasTAFE led project to establish a Cyber Innovation Training Hub offering virtual and face-to-face training with a strong focus on industry experience and needs
  • A NSW Treasury led project delivering a six-week cyber security work experience program with TAFE NSW and businesses for year 10 students
  • Grok Academy is partnering school, vocational and university students with major industry players to develop their cyber security skills


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