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Building a Skilled Cyber Security Workforce in Five Countries

Insights from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and United States

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As societies become increasingly digital, cyber security has become a priority for individuals, companies and nations. The number of cyber attacks is exceeding defence capabilities, and one reason for this is the lack of an adequately skilled cyber security workforce. This report analyses the demand for cyber security professionals in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States using information contained in online job postings. The analysis looks at recent trends in the demand for workers in different types of cyber security roles, the geographical distribution of cyber security job postings, and the changing skill requirements for professionals in this field. The report also looks at the supply side, zooming in on the landscape of cyber security education and training programmes in England (United Kingdom). It describes the different types of programmes provided in further and higher education, the profile of learners in these programmes and their outcomes. Finally, the report also looks at policies and initiatives adopted in England to make cyber security education and training programmes more accessible and relevant. This report is part of a larger initiative examining the evolution of policies and experiences in the cyber security profession around the world.

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Key insights for building a skilled cyber security workforce

This chapter provides an overview of the report’s objectives and rationale and summarises the main takeaways. It discusses the results from the analyses of the demand for cyber security professionals in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. It also summarises the main findings from the analysis of the landscape of cyber security education and training programmes in England (the United Kingdom). It concludes with actionable policy pointers.

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