Na­tion faces ‘tal­ent gap’ in cy­ber­se­cu­rity

China Daily European Weekly - - New Digest -

The train­ing of cy­ber­se­cu­rity tal­ent is an ur­gent and im­por­tant task for China’s in­ter­net devel­op­ment, ac­cord­ing to Zhao Zeliang, di­rec­tor of cy­ber­se­cu­rity co­or­di­na­tion for the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China. Cy­ber­se­cu­rity tal­ent is in short sup­ply, “which presents us with a great chal­lenge in pre­vent­ing on­line at­tacks”, says Zhao. In his view, China can catch up with Western na­tions’ cy­ber­se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion by buy­ing and learn­ing their prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies. The coun­try has more than 751 mil­lion ne­ti­zens, but only pro­duces around 8,000 cy­ber­se­cu­rity grad­u­ates each year, he says. Al­though ed­u­ca­tional ef­forts have in­creased since 2015, “the tal­ent gap, ob­vi­ously, is still large”. To ef­fec­tively fill the gap, ed­u­ca­tion bases are be­ing es­tab­lished at five uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing Bei­jing Univer­sity of Posts and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion, Shanghai Jiao Tong Univer­sity and Sichuan Univer­sity, ac­cord­ing to the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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