Home Security Google after Aussie hackers – to hire them

Google is on the lookout for Australian hackers – not to admonish them for a hacking exploit, but to employ them for hard-to-fill cyber security positions at the search giant’s own business.

The ABC reports Google’s head of security for Google Chrome, Parisa Tabriz, as wanting to hire Australia's “best and brightest hackers” because of difficulty in finding the right mix of people to take up cyber security positions.

The 33-year old Iranian-American, who has been with Google for nine years, reportedly says: "Sydney's actually been a really good recruiting spot for some security people because there's good universities that really help train cyber security professionals."

"I think finding the right people who have the skills of someone who can hack into a system, but ultimately want to make it more secure and not use those skills for bad and are willing to also work in a big software company – it's hard to find that intersection of good people," Tabriz told the ABC.

The ABC says the number of people taking up information and communications technology degrees has halved over the last decade according to the Government's Cyber Security Strategy.

It also reports that the federal government expects demand for cyber security services and related jobs — such as legal services, insurance and risk management — will grow by at least 21% over the next five years.

The broadcaster cites comments by the Prime Minister's Special Adviser on Cyber Security, Alastair MacGibbon, that "it's not just scientists and mathematicians that we need – we need a whole bunch of people in what is now not just a national security issue in the traditional sense of the word, but a national security issue in the true sense".

And, as reported by iTWire only two weeks ago, the giant US-based telco Verizon announced it had strengthened its armoury in the fight against cyber adversaries with its investment in next-generation security capabilities at its Asia-Pacific Advanced Security Operations Centre in Canberra.

The newly-established Asia-Pacific Threat and Analytics Centre delivers real-time insights into cyber threats for both public and private sector customers.

The opening of the new security centre followed Verizon’s appointment last December to the federal government’s new whole of government telecommunications services panel which provides co-ordinated telecommunications services.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

 

 

 

 

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