State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has today called together the defence sector to promote the Defence Industry Cyber Challenge, and the huge employment opportunities that the cybersecurity industry presents for South Australia.
“South Australia is in the midst of a jobs crisis, with the highest trend unemployment rate in the nation and the highest youth unemployment in the nation. The job opportunities in the emerging cybersecurity industry are exactly what SA needs right now,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.
“I was very pleased to announce the Defence Industry Cyber Challenge at Parliament House back in May, and it’s exciting to see the work of the AustCyber (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network) and its partners in the defence sector gather momentum alongside the Challenge.
“South Australia is at the forefront of the nation’s defence industry with the delivery of a continuous naval shipbuilding program, and cybersecurity skills will be central to many of the roles within this sector.
“Our universities in SA have recognised this fact and are prioritising cybersecurity for their students, but the industry acknowledges that we need to make high school students aware of the career opportunities in cybersecurity so that we can fill the jobs in this industry.”
A Marshall Liberal Government will work with the Federal Government in addressing the imminent shortfall in students equipped with the requisite skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
“It’s exciting for South Australia that the first challenge in the national series will be hosted here, and I would again like to congratulate all the companies supporting the challenge and commend the work of the AustCyber,” said Mr Marshall.