Nation faces ‘talent gap’ in cybersecurity
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.