Story image

NT Govt & Charles Darwin Uni to fund Associate Professorship in Cyber Security

12 Oct 2017

The Northern Territory Labor Government is jointly investing $700,000 as part of an agreement with Charles Darwin University (CDU) to fund a new Associate Professorship in Cyber Security, which is expected to kick off in 2018.

The professorship will run for five years and will allow for local talent to become more involved in cyber security for both the university and for the Northern Territory as a whole.

“This is an exciting initiative that will enhance CDU’s ability to carry out research in cyber security, improve our capacity to provide advice to government and local businesses and improve the skill-base in the Northern Territory,” comments CDU’s associate professor of engineering, Krishnan Kannoorpatti.

Northern Territory Government’s Minister for Corporate and Information Services, Lauren Moss, says the investment is also about protecting businesses from growing cyber risks.

“We need to make sure we have the local knowledge and talent to keep the hard earned income of local Territory business safe from cyber criminals and other digital threats,” Moss says.

“This is a significant development for the Territory in protecting Territory businesses, creating jobs, developing our own and providing future opportunities for our children,” she continues.

CDU will also launch three new courses in security: The Graduate Diploma of IT Cyber Security; the Graduate Certificate of IT Cyber Security and the Master of IT Cyber Security.

“This important investment will enable local students to study this highly sought after skill locally here at CDU, which means meeting local demand with local talent, a win-win situation,” comments CDU’s head of the School of Engineering and IT, Friso De Boer.

“Graduates will be equipped with cutting-edge skills that are highly sought after in the fields of security analysis and ICT network security, and they will be trained to undertake the internationally recognised Certified Information Systems Security Professional certification, recognised by many employers in the industry,” comments Kannoorpatti.

The government will help local businesses by delivering ‘Cyber Security for Your Business’ presentations around NT and participating in the inaugural October Cyber Security month.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) found that 90% of businesses across Australia had faced a cyber breach of some sort between 2015-2016.

The Australian Information Security Association (AISA) Branch Chair Sharmila Pakiaraja says the NT Government should be commended for its efforts to tackle cyber threats through a variety of initiatives.

Businesses can register for the Cyber Security for Your Business Presentations at www.cyberevents.nt.gov.au.

“Cybercrime can affect any business, no matter how small the enterprise, and it is important that business owners have the tools to recognise the threats and avoid being the next victim,” Moss concludes.

Industrial control component vulnerabilities up 30%
Positive Technologies says exploitation of these vulnerabilities could disturb operations by disrupting command transfer between components.
McAfee announces Google Cloud Platform support
McAfee MVISION Cloud now integrates with GCP Cloud SCC to help security professionals gain visibility and control over their cloud resources.
WatchGuard announces A/NZ partners awards
Four Australian companies were named partner award winners at the WatchGuard conference in Vietnam.
Telstra’s 2019 cybersecurity report
Cybersecurity remains a top business priority as the estimated number of undetected security breaches grows.
Why AI and behaviour analytics should be essential to enterprises
Cyber threats continue to increase in number and severity, prompting cybersecurity experts to seek new ways to stop malicious actors.
Scammers targeting more countries in sextortion scam - ESET
The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim's device, and have recorded the person while watching pornographic content.
Cryptojacking and failure to patch still major threats - Ixia
Compromised enterprise networks from unpatched vulnerabilities and bad security hygiene continued to be fertile ground for hackers in 2018.
Why cybersecurity remains a top business priority
One in two Australian businesses estimated that they will receive fines for being in breach of new legislation.