Security failures cost the Australian economy over $1 billion annually and speaking with industry it is evident where the problem lies. Although there is a need for skilled ICT Security Specialists at all levels, the real issue is the broader population's lack of understanding of appropriate prevention measures. Industry takes the position that a fundamental shift in the national conversation, towards viewing cyber security as a foundation skill, would provide a vital safety net for the Australian economy.
The Federal government's Innovation Agenda brings coding into primary schools, a move long requested by industry and very welcome. In addition industry recommends that as soon as children learn to code, they learn to do so safely. Security consciousness should be embedded in all ICT training and education, at all levels.
For the VET sector, this could mean developing basic cyber-security units of competency that are embedded across a broad swathe of qualifications, much as OHS units are now.
FutureNow were pleased to host the Skills Service Organisation for ICT, PwC Skills for Australia, at the meeting, as well as Industry Reference Committee representative Jim Wyatt. We look forward to continuing the discussion with industry and seeing developments unfold.