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How training industry newcomers and school students can deal with the ICT security skills shortage

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How training industry newcomers and school students can deal with the ICT security skills shortage
Security training can continue after internal placements have finished via remotely accessed learning resources.
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Australia’s ICT sector has long bemoaned the severe skills shortage within the industry, but the events of 2020 have managed to further exacerbate the situation. According to the government’s 2019-20 figures, Software and Applications developers were second in demand, only to Registered nurses. On top of this, three other ICT categories - Database and Systems Administrators, ICT Security Specialists and Business Systems Analysts plus Computer Network Professionals - made the Top 25 list of most in-demand professions. Globally, the demand for talent within the IT security space is in the region of two million people. This theme is regularly reflected throughout CRN’s Channel Academy.

COVID-19 has led to around 70 per cent of the world’s office-based workforce having to Work From Home (WFH). This has highlighted the requirement for networks to be simultaneously robust and secure – something that cyber criminals have increasingly been taking advantage of. So, what are we to do in the new threat landscape?

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