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Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in Australia that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk.

Cybersecurity workers

Cybersecurity workers protect our most important and private information, from bank accounts to sensitive military communications. However, there is a dangerous shortage of cybersecurity workers in Australia that puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk.

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From October 2019 through September 2020, there were 4,500 openings for IT Security Specialists, but only 4,100 workers currently employed in those positions – an annual talent shortfall of 400 workers for cybersecurity’s largest job.

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There are 11,700 additional openings requesting cybersecurity-related skills, and employers are struggling to find workers who possess them. To help close the cybersecurity skills gap, CyberSeek provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the cybersecurity job market.

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CyberSeek can support local employers, educators, guidance and career counselors, students, current workers, policy makers, and other stakeholders as they answer the following questions:

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Project Partners

Burning Glass Technologies delivers job market analytics that empower employers, workers, and educators to make data-driven decisions.

Burning Glass is reshaping how the job market works, with data that identify the skill gaps that keep job seekers and employers apart and tools that enable both sides to bridge that gap and connect more easily. The company’s artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns.

This real-time strategic intelligence offers crucial insights, such as which jobs are most in demand, the specific skills employers need, and the career directions that offer the highest potential for workers. Based in Boston, Burning Glass is playing a growing role in informing the global conversation on education and the workforce, and in creating a job market that works for everyone.

For more information, visit burning-glass.com

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the global information technology ecosystem and the tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy.

CompTIA is the world’s leading vendor-neutral IT certifying body with more than 2.7 million certifications earned through rigorous, performance-based exams. CompTIA sets the standard for preparing entry-level candidates through expert-level professionals to succeed at all stages of their career in technology. Through CompTIA’s philanthropic arm, CompTIA develops innovative on-ramps and career pathways to expand opportunities to populations that traditionally have been under-represented in the information technology workforce.

For more information, visit www.comptia.org

Combining unmatched experience and specialised skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions—underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network— Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives.

Our security business is a leading provider of end-to-end cybersecurity services, including advanced cyber defence, applied cybersecurity solutions and managed security operations. We bring security innovation, coupled with global scale and a worldwide delivery capability through our network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centres. Helped by our team of highly skilled professionals, we enable clients to innovate safely, build cyber resilience and grow with confidence.

For more information, visit www.accenture.com

Funder - AustCyber

AustCyber’s mission is to support the development of a vibrant and globally competitive Australian cyber security sector. In doing so, our activities enhance Australia’s future growth in a digitally enabled global economy and improve the sovereign cyber capabilities available to protect our nation’s community.

We form a part of:

  • the Australian Government’s Industry Growth Centres Initiative, established through the 2015 National Innovation and Science Agenda, in sectors of competitive strength and strategic priority to boost innovation and science in Australia.
  • Australia’s 2016 Cyber Security Strategy. It was through the industry consultation and development of this strategy that the concept for AustCyber was first conceived.

We work to align and scale Australian cyber security research and innovation related activities across the private sector, research communities, academia and within Australian governments. We are responsible for maintaining a strong supply of innovative Australian cyber security solutions and capability, and have established ourselves as an independent advocate for the competitive and comparative advantages of Australian technical and non-technical cyber security capabilities.

Beyond our shores, we work with partners across many countries to develop export pathways for Australian solutions and capability. This helps the rapidly growing Australian cyber security sector tap into market ‘hot spots’ around the world.

For more information, visit austcyber.com

Industry Partner - CyberCX

Launched in October 2019, CyberCX has brought together the country’s most trusted cyber security companies to create a comprehensive end-to-end cyber security services offering to Australian enterprise and government. CyberCX has a workforce of over 500 cyber security professionals and footprint of over 20 offices across Australia and New Zealand. CyberCX offers a full suite of cyber security services, including: consult and advisory; governance, risk and compliance; incident response; penetration testing and assurance; security integration and engineering; cloud and identity security; and managed security services.

Led by industry experts and delivered by cyber security specialists committed to their craft, CyberCX represents Australia’s best cyber security talent, applying unmatched cyber security expertise to protect and defend Australian organisations from cyber threats.

For more information, visit cybercx.com.au

Methodology


The data analysis and aggregation powering Cyberseek Australia is a collaboration between Burning Glass Technologies, Accenture, and CompTIA. Burning Glass’s artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labor market patterns. BGT used a combination of skill and tool proficiencies, occupations, job titles, and certifications found in job postings to define the broader Cybersecurity landscape in Australia. Thanks goes to CompTIA, GIAC, and ISACA for sharing the supply of certification holders for CyberSeek.

Gathering insights into high-potential career progression for workers, BGT constructed career pathways out of the jobs core to the cybersecurity landscape. To calculate the NICE workrole category distribution, we reviewed the tasks and KSAs associated with each work role and mapped them to our closest corresponding skills, job titles, and certifications, customizing a matching NICE workrole for each job posting. Employment estimation were derived using a combination of government employment data and the proportion of cybersecurity job posting in each location. We calculated the location quotient by looking at the concentration of cybersecurity job postings compared to other job postings—and compared that to the national average. Looking at this quotient, as well as the cybersecurity supply/demand ratio, workers and employers can find where cybersecurity jobs are in demand and in supply (or in very low supply).

Heatmap data is for the 12 month period October 2019 to September 2020. Career pathway data is for the last 12 months from today's date.