The Academy’s focus is on being truly inclusive and creating a pathway for neurodiversity, female and indigenous participation – as well as a focus on regional Australia. Students will also benefit from Deloitte’s well-established DAcademy, which helps our future generation of workers network and connect, so they truly thrive.
Jordan Roberts is a third-year university student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, majoring in Networking and Cyber Security, as well as a Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. She recently joined Deloitte as an Undergraduate and says, “I wish this was available to me when I started my journey in cybersecurity as it focuses on practical, on-the-job learning and provides ongoing support and mentorship.
“Students are put at the forefront of the programme, with fantastic opportunities to work in Government and Industry Cyber teams, fast-tracking their career from day one.”
Theo Psychogios, Financial Advisory Partner, is thrilled to be involved in this nation-shaping learning initiative, especially given its critical and collaborative nature. He says, “Don’t be mistaken: we’re in a virtual war. A cyber attack happens every 32 minutes, and our cyber posture in this hostile environment isn’t good enough.
“Deloitte is helping to shape and develop the Academy’s curriculum with industry and government, which includes supporting students so they can show their practical cyber security skills in a proactive and gamified (but safe) environment. This lets us better match each student’s human characteristics and innate skills, with the technical knowledge they can gain. We’re also developing an innovative recruitment model to make sure we have the best possible talent pipeline in Australia.
“It’s a really rewarding initiative to be involved in.”
Ian Blatchford, Deloitte Australia Cyber Leader, concludes, “The Cyber Academy is an innovative, Australia-first programme which will pave the way for the next generation of cyber leaders from diverse backgrounds and regional areas. It’s critical to address the current cyber security skills shortage and will initially launch in New South Wales and Victoria, with each state’s Academy partners nurturing close to 200 students per year per state, to contribute towards a three-year target of over 1,000 qualified cyber workers.”