Optus and Macquarie Uni partner on cyber security

Telco and university sink $10 million into cyber security hub

Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis and Macquarie University deputy vice-chancellor David Wilkinson

Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis and Macquarie University deputy vice-chancellor David Wilkinson

Macquarie University and Optus Business will launch a ‘cyber security hub’, the organisations confirmed this morning.

The $10 million Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub will offer consultancy services, degree programs and short professional courses, as well as conduct research. The two parties this month signed an agreement to create the hub.

The hub will cover three academic areas, Macquarie University said: Science & IT, Business & Economics and Security Studies & Criminology.

“As organisations adopt more online and digital channels, they also need to have a fully integrated approach to cyber security involving all staff training, management buy-in, effective technology solutions and knowledge of today’s cyber threats,” Optus Business managing director John Paitaridis said in a statement.

“The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub addresses all these areas, providing businesses and government agencies with a unique and unparalleled cyber offering to help them navigate a complex landscape.”

“The opportunity to partner with Optus, an organisation that deals with cyber threats and challenges on a daily basis, was something we welcomed as it enables us to improve cyber security education at all levels – from the C-level executive through to every employee," said the university's deputy vice-chancellor (corporate engagement and advancement), David Wilkinson.

“By collaborating with industry to tailor our study programs, we give our students a head-start in their careers, placing them at the top of Australia’s cyber security talent pool. These initiatives will also work to support the wider expansion of cyber security training within organisations to better secure and protect their networks and infrastructure.”

In December the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and the University of New South Wales announced they would jointly develop a centre of expertise for information security.

The $1.6 million, five-year partnership includes developing an applied cyber security undergraduate curriculum, the establishment of a security engineering lab, and support for PhD researchers.

The CBA-UNSW partnership includes offering security education through a massive open online course (MOOCs) delivered through Openlearning.com.

The federal government earlier this year launched its national cyber security strategy. The strategy includes 33 cyber security initiatives worth $231.1 million.

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