ASD says not all of Australia's 1,900 REDSPICE jobs will be for cyber

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The 1,900 new jobs promised in the federal government’s new AU$ 9.9 billion cyber program will not solely be in the areas of cybersecurity and IT, Australian Signals Directorate chief Rachel Noble said yesterday afternoon.

“We will need cybersecurity specialists, data science scientists, engineers, linguists, analysts, ICT people, but also policy people, HR people, psychologists, security, compliance lawyers, and people who are experts in communications,” Noble told Senate estimates.

In clarifying what jobs will be funded by the Resilience, Effects, Defence, Space, Intelligence, Cyber and Enablers (REDSPICE) program, she dismissed concerns put forth by experts that there may not be enough people to bolster Australia’s cybersecurity, although she did not comment on whether the country’s workforce contains enough people with those skillsets.

“We are positioned through REDSPICE to train, invest in, and develop those people. I would imagine that our efforts in that regard will greatly benefit the national security community writ large,” she said.

Noble explained the ASD received 9,000 job applications last year and has 700 people that are set to be onboarded into the agency. She added that 600 new employees joined the ASD last year, which amounted to an overall growth of more than 330

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