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AustraliaAustralia's cybersecurity warning with attacks on the rise

15:55  28 june  2019
15:55  28 june  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Australia's cybersecurity warning with attacks on the rise© Or Tsfati AustCyber’s Owen Pierce has travelled to Israel with other Australian delegates to learn the secrets to the country’s cyber success. Australian cyber experts have warned of the critical need to boost the country’s cybersecurity workforce as they turn to high-tech powerhouse Israel for lessons in how to build the crucial industry.

With cyber attacks expected to skyrocket with the development of new technologies, it’s widely acknowledged the Australian cybersecurity industry is falling short when it comes to manpower.

Owen Pierce, AustCyber’s Program Director in National Workforce Development, told 9News an estimated 19,000 cybersecurity professionals were needed over the next eight years to fill vacancies in technical areas.

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Cybersecurity expert Brett Biddington said filling those vacancies would be a major challenge.

“(Cybersecurity workers) are difficult to find, they’re difficult to educate... we don’t have enough people who are trained in this area,” he said.

Business and cyber experts say there’s a crucial need to fill workforce shortages in order to tackle growing threats.

This week, Mr Pierce was among a delegation of Australians from business, government and the education sector who travelled to Israel to attend CyberWeek - a global conference at Tel Aviv University attracting 8000 people from 80 countries.

Australia's cybersecurity warning with attacks on the rise© Fiona Willan Australia’s Cyber Ambassador Tobias Feakin met with international counterparts in Tel Aviv this week to discuss how to make the international cyber environment safer. Mr Pierce said the aim was to see how Australia could learn from the success of Israel’s cybersecurity eco-system.

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“They’ve invested very heavily in building a cybersecurity eco-system and are reaping the rewards from that,” he said.

“Quite simply, there is a large economic opportunity for Australia to tap into.”

Israel has become known as the “start-up nation” for its booming tech and innovation sector, with high-tech contributing around 50 percent of its exports - worth around A$71 billion a year.

Each year, its government-funded Israel Innovation Authority pumps around A$722 million into grants for high-risk startups and research and development projects.

There are currently around 6000 startups operating in Israel, and more than 520 of them are cyber-based.

Professor Michael Blumenstein, Associate Dean (Research Strategy and Management) in Engineering at the University of Technology Sydney, said Australia should follow Israel’s example and invest heavily in cyber.

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“What I think we can learn from their meteoric rise is they actually invested as a country into a focus area,” he said.

“When we talk about the investment Israel has made to make their industry one of the best in the world, we’re talking billions.

“Unfortunately in Australia the amount of investment is probably not commensurate with the priority.”

Trans-Tasman Business Circle CEO Tanya Oziel said there was also need to change the reputation of cybersecurity and entrepreneurship in Australia.

“Israelis view cyber as a badge of honour,” she said.

“If you’ve got a career in cybersecurity in this country, you’re one of the top one percent.”

“We need to educate Australian kids that cyber and technology careers are something they should be looking for.”

But Israel’s success in cyber is partially due to a unique set of national circumstances.

The government leans on military conscription to build its cyber workforce with the best and brightest high school graduates recruited into the elite 8200 intelligence unit.

Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Paul Israel told 9News those who served in 8200 were often snapped up by the cyber industry or launched cyber startups of their own.

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“If you think of the region we’re living in and the security issues we have to deal with, cyber now is a big part of how life here is relatively calm and quiet and safe,” Mr Israel said.

“It’s hard to copy and paste it, it’s more likely that Australia can be inspired by what we’re doing here.”

Australian Cyber Ambassador Tobias Feakin - who also attended CyberWeek in Tel Aviv - said Australia had been through an “absolute transformation in cybersecurity response in the last four years” - including a A$260 million investment in its 2016 Cybersecurity Strategy.

“Israel is clearly very effective in dealing with cybersecurity for its nation, but Australia punches pretty hard in this area too,” he said.

“Could we do better? Absolutely.

“Is there more we could do to punch into the economic powerhouse that is the Asia Pacific? Yes. And that’s something the government is working hard on to try and address.”

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