EDITH Cowan University (ECU) will lead Australia’s efforts to train thousands of cyber security professionals required to fill a global skills shortage.
It is estimated there will be a shortfall of more than 1.5 million cyber security professionals around the world by 2020, with almost 20 per cent of positions in the Australian sector to go unfilled.
Federal Education Minister Simon Birmingham announced on Wednesday that ECU would share $1.9 million over four years with The University of Melbourne as the two Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence in Australia.
“This announcement further recognises ECU as a leader in cyber security research and teaching nationally,” Vice-Chancellor Steve Chapman said.
“Since 2001, more than 1000 cyber security professionals have graduated from ECU’s cyber security program.”
School of Science executive dean Andrew Woodward said cyber security graduates from ECU worked in some of the world’s leading tech companies including Google, Facebook and Microsoft.
“Cyber security skills are in such high demand we see our best students being offered six figure salaries when they’re only in their second year of a degree,” he said.
“The industry is booming globally right now. It has been for the past decade and will continue to boom into the next decade.
“We’re only connecting more devices to the internet and that means more demand for cyber security professionals.”