OECD Cyber Skills Report Launch - 21 March 2023
21st March 2023 | 14:00 - 16:00

UKC3 join OECD to launch new Report on "Building a cyber security workforce in five countries: Insights from Australia, Canada, New Zealand United Kingdom and United States”.


John Davies MBE, Vice Chair of the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration Group (UKC3) joined a multi-nation panel discussion to mark the launch of a new report published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  The report, which explores efforts to build a cyber security workforce in the foremost cyber nations of the World, namely Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA - the "5 Eyes" nations - was initiated by the current Secretary-General of the OECD, Mathias Cormann, previously the Australian Minister for Finance and Leader of the Government in the Australian Senate.


OECD began life as the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC), which was formed to administer aid under the 'Marshall Plan' for the reconstruction of Europe after World War II and was transforming the into the OECD in 1960. Since then, the OECD's vocation has been to deliver greater well-being worldwide by advising governments on policies that support resilient, inclusive and sustainable growth. Through evidence-based policy analysis and recommendations, standards and global policy networks, including close collaboration with the G7 and the G20.


This latest policy report recognises that over the past two decades, there has been a significant increase in cyber threats on a global scale. As a result, there is now a heightened need for governments and employers to enhance their capabilities in order to improve resilience and protection. One key aspect of this effort involves expanding the pool of skilled cyber security professionals.


The panel assembled to debate the report at the launch event included: Marieke Vandeweyer, Senior Policy Analyst and head of the Vocational Education & Training team at the OECD Centre for Skills (Moderator); John Davies MBE, Vice Chair & Former Skills Working Group Lead at the UK Cyber Cluster Collaboration group (UKC3), Working Group Chair at the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO) and Chair of the Cyber Wales Ecosystem;  Andrew Elliot, Deputy Director of Cyber Security Innovation and Skills at the UK Government's Department for Science, Innovation & Technology (DSIT); Marian Merrit, Deputy Director and Lead for Industry Engagement of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce (video link); Liz Mckeown, Executive Director of the Digital Community Management Office, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Government of Canada (video link); and Michael Houlihan, UK CEO of the global not-for-profit social initiative, Generation, launched by the US consulting firm McKinsey.

A video of the Launch Event can be found here: https://bit.ly/3JATeMO

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