While there are many problems in cybersecurity that the world has to grapple with, the biggest problem, according to Professor Richard Buckland, is there are simply not enough people with cyber skills. Buckland is a director at the SECedu Institute, which is part of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Computer Science and Engineering. The good news, however, is that he believes the problem can be solved. “I don’t know anyone here, that employs people, that has enough cybersecurity-capable people — and if so, you must pay them lots of money and stolen from somewhere else,” he told UNSW and CommBank’s Australian Cybersecurity Education Summit on Friday. See also: Global cybersecurity workforce gap hits 3m, APAC feels the biggest pinch (TechRepublic) According to Buckland, there are four things that need to be thought about, with the first being that the STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — funnel is too small. He said there’s such a small amount of people that are even considering doing something security-related. The second issue, he said, is a lack of capability within universities to teach cyber. “When they’re at university, we don’t really know how to teach them, we’re not really very good at teaching it,” he said. “And three, when the students graduate, they need to have work-ready skills … a lot of my students go and they are the only security person in the company … the buck stops with them.” The fourth issue Buckland detailed was the… [Read full story]
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