About this tool

To help close the cyber security skills gap, AUCyberExplorer provides detailed, actionable data about supply and demand in the Australian cyber security job market. AUCyberExplorer supports local employers, policy makers, educators, guidance and career counsellors, students and current workers.

An interactive data visualisation tool

AUCyberExplorer is an interactive data visualisation tool which enables growth in the Australian cyber security industry by providing visibility of detailed information about job supply, demand and career pathways. This tool can be used by local employers, current and future workers, policy makers, researchers, educators and career counsellors to make informed decisions about entering, upskilling or strategic planning in the industry.

Helping address 50% growth in industry roles

Cyber security is a rapidly growing industry, with 21,000 roles advertised from November 2020 to October 2021 compared to 14,000 openings the previous year. The number of roles advertised increased by 50%, whilst the number of cyber security workers only increased by 25%. This accelerated demand for cyber security workers in Australia puts our digital privacy and infrastructure at risk if we are unable to meet it with skilled workers.

Matching talent to jobs, pathways and certifications.

From November 2020 through to October 2021 the national average of available cyber security workers per advertised job opening was only 5.2, which limits employers options in finding the right talent to meet their business needs. To help increase the number of skilled workers and close the cyber security skills gap, AUCyberExplorer provides data on role opening locations, career pathways and the certifications and skills required for a role. Click through to the tools below to get exploring.

Methodology


The data analysis and aggregation powering AUCyberExplorer is a collaboration between Emsi Burning Glass, Accenture, and CompTIA. Emsi Burning Glass's artificial intelligence technology analyzes hundreds of millions of job postings and real-life career transitions to provide insight into labour market patterns. BGT used a combination of skill and tool proficiencies, occupations, job titles, and certifications found in job postings to define the broader cyber security landscape in Australia. Thanks goes to CompTIA, GIAC, and ISACA for sharing the supply of certification holders for AUCyberExplorer.

Gathering insights into high-potential career progression for workers, BGT constructed career pathways out of the jobs core to the cyber security landscape. To calculate the NICE workrole category distribution, we reviewed the tasks and KSAs associated with each work role and mapped them to our closest corresponding skills, job titles, and certifications, customizing a matching NICE workrole for each job posting. Employment estimation were derived using a combination of government employment data and the proportion of cyber security job posting in each location. We calculated the location quotient by looking at the concentration of cyber security job postings compared to other job postings—and compared that to the national average. Looking at this quotient, as well as the cyber security supply/demand ratio, workers and employers can find where cyber security jobs are in demand and in supply (or in very low supply).

Data is for the 12 month period November 2020 to October 2021.