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Industry Special Interest Group (SIG)

This international Special Interest Group (SIG) aims to serve as a nexus where academia and industry converge. It aims to provide opportunities for shared innovation, knowledge exchange, practice exchange, and transformative collaboration. 

About the Industry Special Interest Group (SIG)

The Industry SIG explores issues related to academic relationships with industry, shaped by a wide range of factors including, but not limited to:

  • Requirements and modes of delivery aligned with career lifecycle, individual and employer needs.

  • Creating a talent pipeline or network of highways with on ramps and off ramps.  What are these ramps?

  • Motivations for employer supported learning.

  • Diverse and sometimes competing expectations of employers/ HR departments.  For example, preference for workforce-ready and experienced recruits versus reluctance to support placements and projects.

  • Downside - Upside trade-offs.  Resource scarcity of time and money, that privilege shorter periods of training – as evidenced by developments in micro-modules and credentials  - versus flexible ways of working and learning at times of own choosing on topics bespoke to role.

  • Diverse certifications in an international supply-chain set against the requirements to provide services in local communities with diverse characteristics – scalability

  • Educating for jobs that do not yet exist or are nascent

  • The mix between foundational elements of practice, and the requirements of specific sectors, threats and technological variables.

  • Innovation in modes of delivery – service learning, tech in the classroom – see the innovation SIG.

  • Education and training in tick-box compliance cultures.

  • Preparing people to work in a contested cyberspace, where adversaries are often innovative and imaginative – ‘education is what’s left when your training doesn’t seem to work.’

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How to get involved!

New Industry SIG collaborators are very welcome. Here are some suggestions for how collaborators can get involved: 

  • Attend events and meetings

  • Contribute to discussions

  • Present or facilitate sessions

  • Collaborate on projects

  • Share resources and good practice

  • Provide feedback and suggestions

  • Promote the group

Benefits of getting involved!

There are many benefits to participating in an international SIG. Examples include: 

  • Networking opportunities

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Knowledge and practice sharing

  • Collaboration and partnership

  • Advocacy and influence

  • Recognition and visibility

  • Access to resources

  • Personal growth

  • Altruism (community and support)

  • Career advancement evidence

Who can join the Industry Special Interest Group?

This SIG is open to international participants who have an interest. For example: 

  • Academics, educators and administrators from schools, colleges, and universities.

  • Government officials and policymakers involved in cybersecurity education initiatives.

  • Industry professionals in cyber security, and related fields.

  • Students, graduates and career changers interested in pursuing careers in cyber security.

Become an international Industry SIG Collaborator

Complete this form to opt in to receive updates about the International Industry Special Interest Group and become an Industry SIG international collaborator.
(N.B. This is separate to our general mailing list) 

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