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Australia's TAFE institutions to offer cybersecurity qualifications


TAFE institutions around Australia have agreed to deliver cybersecurity qualifications in a bid to tackle the skills shortage the industry is facing.

Queensland gets three new cyber innovation hubs


The federal government has announced the standing up of three new cyber-focused innovation hubs in Queensland, which it hopes will "add more firepower" to the national AustCyber network. The Cyber Security Innovation Nodes will be established in Brisbane, Townsville, and the Sunshine Coast, in a partnership between the Queensland government, Townsville and Sunshine Coast councils, and AustCyber, a non-profit, government-backed organisation charged with growing a local cybersecurity ecosystem and facilitating its global expansion. See also: Australia isn't buying local cyber and the rest of the world might soon follow "As the world becomes more digital, particularly in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, cybersecurity technology has never been more important or in demand," Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said. "We want our local businesses to be in a position to capitalise on that." Meanwhile, Queensland Minister for Innovation Kate Jones is hopeful the nodes will help protect state businesses from cyber threats and enhance cyber skills.

AU$140m cybersecurity research centre opens in Western Australia


Australia's Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) has on Thursday opened in the country's west, aimed at growing national capability in cybersecurity research, development, and commercialisation. Based out of Edith Cowan University in Perth, the federal government in September pledged AU$50 million over seven years for the cybersecurity CRC, with AU$90 million in further funding raised for the centre from the WA state government, as well as 25 industry, research, and university partners. The cyber CRC is charged with delivering advancements that will build Australia's cybersecurity capability and deliver solutions to "ensure the safety of Australians and Australian businesses online". Specifically, the new centre aims to ensure the security of critical infrastructure by developing "innovative" approaches, tools, and techniques to predict, prevent, detect, and respond to cyber threats. It also aims to enable Australian individuals, businesses.

RMIT partners with NAB and Palo Alto Networks for new cybersecurity course


The smartest companies now approach cybersecurity with a risk management strategy. Learn how to make policies to protect your most important digital assets. The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) has announced a new online course on cybersecurity in a bid to address Australia's cybersecurity skills shortage. As part of the course, RMIT Online has partnered with the National Australia Bank (NAB) and Palo Alto Networks, with both organisations to provide mentors for the course. The course, called Cyber Security Risk and Strategy, will cover topics such as the fundamentals of cybersecurity and how to apply cybersecurity risk mitigation strategies to an organisation.

Australian government pledges AU$50m for cybersecurity research centre


The federal government has announced a new cybersecurity cooperative research centre (CRC), to be led by industry in a bit to build Australia's cyber security capability. The government has pledged AU$50 million over seven years for the cybersecurity CRC, with over AU$89 million in further funding to come from the 25 industry, research, and government partners. According to the government, the cybersecurity CRC will deliver solutions to increase the security of critical infrastructure. "These include frameworks, products, and approaches that will service existing and future ICT enterprises across a broad range of platforms and operating systems," Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science Craig Laundy said in a statement. Laundy said the activities of the cybersecurity CRC will contribute to the objectives laid out in Australia's AU$240 million Cyber Security Strategy, which is aimed at defending the nation's cyber networks from organised criminals and state-sponsored attackers.