IT security professionals are highly sought after worldwide. Like many other companies, Google has been on the lookout for talented IT security professionals and has found Sydney to be a good hunting ground for them.
Speaking with the ABC, Google's information security manager for Chrome Parisa Tabriz discussed the troubles the company faces when trying to find the right people to fill IT security roles:
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 went on to reveal that Sydney has been a good location for finding IT security professionals for Google:
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.
Australia working hard to train up security professionals locally to alleviate the skills shortage. In late 2015, the Commonwealth Bank teamed up with the University of New South Wales to develop a centre of expertise for cybersecurity education. The $1.6 million five-year partnership aims to boost the number of security engineering professionals in Australia by offering specialised online courses through Open Learning.