Unis step-up on cyber security engagement (despite what the feds suggest)

The feds suggest education providers are not connecting with industry on cyber-security – they should have another look

According to a new Home Affairs  discussion paper, “government continues to receive feedback about a cyber security skills gap in Australia.”

“Some stakeholders also have raised concerns about whether the education and training system is meeting the needs of the cyber security sector, and whether sufficient data is available on this issue. Part of the problem could be confusion about what qualifications are needed for what cyber security jobs.”

It’s a subject that might come up at Friday week’s Australian Cyber Security Education Summit

In a great bit of timing UNSW is hosting the event, which has three themes, growing national capability, university as best practice, and industry as educational partners.

“As educators, it is vital that we foster ongoing engagement and dialogue with the wider industry and community, to understand what students need to be equipped with prior to entering the workforce,” UNWW cyber security professor Richard Buckland says

And La Trobe U is on to it

This afternoon LT U will launch a “strategic alliance” with National Australia Bank “to deliver research, teaching and workforce development,” in cybersecurity. “It’s critical that universities and industry work together,” says VC John Dewar.  The arrangement includes short courses for NAB staff based on problems faced by bank and clients.

So is Edith Cowan U

ECU announces its Institute for Securing Digital Futures, focusing on AI and autonomous systems, infrastructure security, cyber-enabled crime, digital citizenship and human behaviour, and secure systems.

ECU is already home to the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre, announced in September 2017


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