Macquarie Telecom will next year sponsor two information security scholarships at Western Sydney University, the company announced today.
Recipients of the one-year Macquarie Telecom Cyber Security Scholarship will each receive $10,000.
The scholarship will be available to WSU students who are Australian citizens or permanent residents and in the second year of an undergraduate degree with a major of network security, information security, computer security, intelligent systems or social web analytics.
“This is also not an industry where the private sector can take the lazy way out of importing all the necessary skills,” Macquarie Telecom managing director of government and hosting, Aidan Tudehope, said in a statement.
“The particular sensitivities around cyber security mean that many practitioners working with government systems, for example, need to be security cleared, and there are citizenship requirements attached to this.”
Earlier this month the Commonwealth Bank and UNSW announced a major security education partnership.
The $1.6 million, five-year partnership will include developing an applied cyber security undergraduate curriculum, the establishment of a security engineering lab, and support for PhD researchers.
The undergraduate curriculum will be Creative Commons licensed and be available as massive open online courses (MOOCs).