Cyber Security and Big Data Public Papers released

On behalf of the Cyber Security and Big Data Project Reference Groups (PRGs) we have released a public paper for each of these projects, which detail key findings and recommendations based on extensive stakeholder consultation and research.

PwC’s Skills for Australia is leading the Australian Industry and Skills Committee’s Cyber Security and Big Data cross sector projects. The aim of these projects is to understand industry support for developing common units in cyber security and big data that can be contextualised across various industries.

Key findings from our research and consultations in Cyber Security: 

  • There is a critical shortage of skilled Cyber Security professionals, both in Australia and overseas.
  • The rapid pace of digital and technological change, and rapid evolution of Cyber threats is exposing an increasing number of organisations to Cyber threats.
  • Overwhelmingly, we heard that there is a clear need for improved awareness and understanding of Cyber Security at every employee level in an organisation.
  • A key skill set required by industry is the ability to detect and respond to Cyber threats or intrusions.
  • Additional skills include identifying and securing potential vulnerabilities; assessing risks, hazards and vulnerabilities in a network or business environment; and implementing Cyber Security solution s to resist security attacks.
  • While some training packages do contain units related to Cyber Security skills, the content is not aligned with industry skills needs.
  • Benefits of implementing common units in Cyber Security include greater consistency in vocational training across industry sectors and a higher level of awareness of Cyber Security among workers.

Key findings from our research and consultations in Big Data: 

  • Basic Big Data related skills demanded by industry include: a conceptual understanding of data driven decision making, Big Data awareness and improved data literacy.
  • More advanced skills required include: data visualisation, using data for operational decision making, data analysis and data management.
  • Employers across a wide variety of industries are experiencing difficulty finding workers who possess sufficient Big Data related skills.
  • A number of stakeholders believe that, despite impressive developments in Big Data, many people within industry are unaware of the benefits and potential of Big Data.
  • Many employers are needing to invest time and money training their employees in Big Data relate d skills through private third-party providers.
  • Benefits of implementing common units in Big Data include greater consistency in vocational training across industry sectors and a higher level of awareness of Big Data concepts amongst workers.

These insights will feed into a Case for Case, which will present a concise, evidence-driven case to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) for proposed training product development.

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