Australia's top companies turn to NSW’s top students to guard against future cybercrime

Media release | 9 May 2017

The NSW Government is helping some of Australia’s best known companies meet some of the state’s smartest students to prepare their corporate futures against the growing threat of cybercrime with a speed networking event on Tuesday (9 May).

The ‘Cyber Security Pitch@Parliament’ will bring 25 companies – including Westpac, Qantas, Google and Atlassian – together with more than 130 leading students from eight of the state’s universities in a high-powered career event.

“This will be a fun and interactive speed networking event but with a serious purpose - to help some of our brightest students consider future careers in the fast growing field of cyber security,” NSW Minister for Industry Niall Blair said.

“Strong cyber security will be fundamental to our growth and prosperity in the global economy as well our national security.”

There is growing demand for cyber security professionals and the NSW Government in conjunction with Data61’s job matching service Ribit and leading companies will come together with students – almost half of which will be at Masters or PhD level - to consider our future workforce.

A Harvard University study recently estimated malicious cyber-attacks cost the Australian economy more than $17 billion each year. Cybercrime is also reported to cost businesses globally more than $2 trillion each year and expected to exceed $6 trillion by 2021.

Tuesday night’s event will see the 25 companies pitch their strengths as an employer before the students pitch to their preferred companies. It is hoped the event will lead to work experience and internship as well as future career opportunities.

NSW has 80% of Australian businesses in cyber security and leading strengths in information technology including startups, financial services and defence.

The NSW Government is building on these strengths by developing a Cyber Security Industry Development Strategy to grow our industry and its capabilities and encourage investment and export potential.

Companies participating in the Cyber Security Pitch@Parliament

  • Atlassian Pty Ltd
  • BAE Systems Australia Limited
  • Caltex Australia Limited
  • Clisso Pty Ltd
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Dimension Data Australia Pty. Ltd
  • DXC Technology
  • Ernst & Young
  • Google
  • HackLabs
  • Hivint
  • IBM – Australia
  • Informed Solutions, Sydney
  • Mastercard
  • Mercury ISS
  • National Australia Bank
  • NSW Department of Finance, Services & Innovation
  • Optus
  • Pure Hacking
  • Qantas
  • Shearwater
  • Tata Consultancy Services Limited
  • Telstra
  • Thales Australia
  • Westpac

Universities with participating students

  • University of Technology, Sydney
  • University of Sydney
  • University of NSW
  • Macquarie University
  • Notre Dame University
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Newcastle
  • University of Western Sydney.

The Cyber Security Pitch@Parliament has been organised by the NSW Department of Industry in conjunction with Data61’s job matching service Ribit.

Follow the event live on twitter at #parlpitch

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Minister Blair at Cyber Security Pitch @ Parliament

Speed networking at Cyber Security Pitch@Parliament