CompTIA shares insights on evolving cybersecurity with tech leaders in Australia

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CompTIA shares insights on evolving cybersecurity with tech leaders in Australia
CompTIA shares insights on evolving cybersecurity with tech leaders in Australia

Chief Technology Evangelist Dr. James Stanger is scheduled to speak on October 17 at the Australian Cyber Conference.

Melbourne, Australia, Oct. 15, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE): Improving process maturity and avoiding so-called “cowboy IT” are keys to successful cybersecurity programmes. This is at the centre of an interactive presentation planned for the Australian Cyber Conference by the chief technology evangelist for CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the information technology (IT) industry and workforce.

Dr. James Stanger is scheduled to speak at the Australian Cyber Conference on Oct. 17, the opening day of the three-day conference, which brings together business and government leaders from throughout the region. The annual event is hosted by the Australian Information Security Association (AISA), a national leader in privacy, information, and cybersecurity.

“With so many emerging and exponential technologies flooding the market and our perceptions, leaders need to foster and mature processes so that they can implement cutting-edge security analytics and tame the disconnect between operational technology and information technology,” Stanger said.

According to CompTIA’s State of Cybersecurity report, which includes data from Australia and New Zealand, half of all organisations surveyed said they made determining proper responses to cybersecurity incidents a higher priority this year compared to the previous year. And 44% of organisations said they are putting a greater focus on training and education for their teams now compared to last year.

In his presentation, “Incident Response: Beyond the Playbook and Table Talk,” Stanger will share valuable insights from his recent conversations with technologists and industry leaders around the world about today’s technology environment.

Stanger will address emerging and exponential cyber technologies that should be capturing attention in 2024, how the best organisations clear the way for cybersecurity best practices to succeed, identifying the relationship between force multipliers and exponential technologies, and the best ways to address the intersection of human and technology interaction.

In a second talk at the same conference titled “Overcoming the IT/OT Disconnect: Stories from the Field,” Stanger will discuss the critical issue of the divide between information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT). As OT technology, including SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems, becomes intertwined with traditional and nontraditional IT technologies, the industry has been confronted with unprecedented cybersecurity issues.

“As Australia aims to be one of the most cyber-secure nations by 2030, it’s critical that public and private organisations invest in the nation’s workforce via comprehensive training programmes and by spending the time and effort to prepare for attacks,” Stanger said.

Since 2021, CompTIA and a consortium of partners, including AustCyber, Accenture, Burning Glass Technologies, and CyberCX, have been tracking the state of Australia’s local cyber security job market in real time and providing resources to close the talent gap in the sector. Employers and job seekers can access an interactive mapping tool that tracks jobs and job postings on the AUCyberExployer website.

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