The shortage of cyber security skills in NSW is acute and is affecting Government institutions and industry. Working with TAFEs and universities the NSW Cyber Security Innovation Node is helping ensure that NSW is producing graduates who can address industry-defined skills gaps. A key part of this endeavour is our unique ‘cyber ambassador’ program connecting cyber security professionals and early-career graduates with high school students. Find out what NSWCSIN ambassadors have been doing lately!
The NSWCSIN workforce development program now features 20 outstanding cyber professionals, advocates and students. These ambassadors have now clocked up almost 100 hours of voluntary service between them in only a few short months.
Depending on their skill sets and professional profiles, they give presentations to schools and industry, promote cyber education within their educational institutions, and support NSWCSIN events.
For example, Ben Caisley recently went to St Edwards College to promote cyber as a career First pilot programme to run in collaboration with Regional Industry Education Program (RIEP) to students there. Alana Maurushat presented at a NSWCSIN lunchtime event on cyber security in the supply chain.
Stephen Chey went along to Gorokan High School. The Careers Adviser at Gorokan told NSWCSIN that the activity was extremely worthwhile, noting that the feedback from students showed that it was important for them ‘to learn about careers from people who are so enthusiastic about their jobs and the industries in which they work.’
Young cyber ambassadors Georgia Turnham, Joshua Snelling, Erica Salmon, Emma Seaman and Jadon Routley all gave amazing support at various NSWCSIN events, learning a lot from people they met who were further down the path of careers in cyber.
Meanwhile, at Blacktown Boys’ High school, year 12 student and NSW cyber ambassador Ishaan has taken the lead in implementing an extra-curricula program with micro: Bit go kits. Watch this space for more about Ishaan and his school!