By Darren Pauli
October 13, 2010
Australia's cybersecurity capabilities may be at risk due to a lack of
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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