Cybersecurity is Australia’s No. 1 hiring priority

A recent study from IDC found cybersecurity to be top of mind for Australian organisations, driven by the pandemic-induced remote-work changes.

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Cybersecurity is Australia’s No. 1 hiring priority, ahead of enterprise architecture, software development, and IT operations, according to a recent report from IDC.

The report “Australia and New Zealand Security: The Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic for 2021 and Beyond” found that 73% of Australian businesses intend to invest more in cybersecurity services and solutions over the next one to two years.

Cybersecurity skills are also top of mind for some Australian organisations, with 40% of Australian businesses saying that cybersecurity skills were the most important skills investment that their organisation needs to build, rebuild, or hire in the first wave of economic recovery.

The research also found that information and data protection and control is the highest strategic priority for Australian organisations in terms of their cybersecurity. This is followed by security and vulnerability management, home network security, identity and access management security, and threat intelligence security services.

“Many of these businesses also added that they identify security as a business division in need of new key performance indicators and metrics. 75% of Australian businesses stated that adding/updating new data security-related KPIs was their highest priority in building new, digitally calibrated measures of security success and value,” IDC associate market analyst for A/NZ IT services Emily Lynch told CSO Australia.

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