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Australia: Morrison pledges AU$156m to build cyber workforce and fight cybercrime if re-elected

Australia: Morrison pledges AU$156m to build cyber workforce and fight cybercrime if re-elected (Govt., Critical Infrastructure)

The "cyber resilience and workforce package" will include AU$50 million for the creation of a Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program that Morrison expects will create the cyber workforce the country needs. The Cyber Security National Workforce Growth Program will see the Departments of Defence and Home Affairs work alongside industry and academia, under the guidance of National Cyber Security Adviser Alastair MacGibbon, to create the program. Morrison expects the cyber workforce in Australia to grow through the establishment of scholarships for postgraduate, undergraduate, and TAFE studies directly associated with cybersecurity, reserving 50% of the scholarships for women. AU$40 million has also been set aside to establish a Countering Foreign Cyber Criminals capability within the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), which will receive assistance from the Australian Federal Police, in a bid to combat organised "cybercrime gangs". The AU$40 million injection will also assist the ADF and Department of Defence to grow its cyber warfare workforce, with 230 additional positions for military cyber operations specialists in the ADF to be created over the next four years.

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