Shrinking brains trust risks cyber defence

Shrinking brains trust risks cyber defence
Shrinking brains trust risks cyber defence 

By Darren Pauli
ZDNet Australia 
October 13, 2010

Australia's cybersecurity capabilities may be at risk due to a lack of 
PhD-qualified professionals.

Experts in the IT security sector say a nation's cyber capabilities are 
dependent on the skills of its professionals and students, notably 
specialist skills honed in post-graduate PhDs.

But the percentage of Australian resident students in security-related 
PhDs has almost halved over the last 10 years.

Resident students in Queensland University of Technology's IT security 
doctorates make up less than 10 per cent of total enrolments, a fall 
from about 50 per cent since the turn of the century. QUT's IT security 
doctorate program is the nation's largest.

Professor Ed Dawson, senior advisor in the university's Information 
Security Institute, said that the decline means the government will find 
it harder to recruit skilled professionals and will face heightened 
competition in the job market from the private sector.


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