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AustCyber to figure out what 'cyber skills' actually are


AustCyber is working with the Australian Department of Education and Training, and PwC's Skills for Australia program, to understand our needs for cyber vocational education and training. "We are gathering insights to learn about key cyber security skills needs and industry trends," wrote AustCyber on Wednesday. The aim is "to provide an evidence-based case for developing vocational training in cyber security skills that are transferable across multiple industries". We've been hearing that for years, although some of the guesstimates seem extravagant. Cisco said in 2015 that there were one million unfilled cyber jobs [PDF].

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.

AWS and La Trobe offering applied cloud bachelor's degree


Victoria's La Trobe University will be offering an Applied Cloud Technology bachelor's degree thanks to a partnership with cloud giant Amazon Web Services (AWS). The three-year degree, claimed as the first of its kind in Australia, has been developed by online learning provider Didasko, and will be offered as a full or part-time study option exclusively online. The learning content is based on materials adapted from AWS global programs, specifically AWS Educate and AWS Academy, which include resources from AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and AWS Associate Solutions Architect certifications, as well as focusing on machine learning, big data analytics, and cybersecurity, a statement from AWS explained. "When we speak with our customers across public sector, startups, small-to-medium business, and large enterprises, there is one common theme -- they are all looking for talent skilled in applying AWS services to help them remediate technical debt and drive innovation," regional managing director for Asia Pacific and Japan, AWS Worldwide Public Sector Peter Moore said. After completing the first of three years, students will receive an applied diploma; an associate degree after the second year; and a full bachelor's degree in Applied Cloud Technology at the completion of the final year.

Optus Business injects AU$3.5m in cybersecurity research centre


Optus Business has announced that it will be investing AU$3.5 million into the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CSCRC), made up of AU$2.1 million in cash and AU$1.4 million worth of staff.

NAB stands up enterprise security team and appoints new security chief


The National Australia Bank (NAB) has recently appointed a new chief security officer, standing up an enterprise security team under his leadership that covers physical, cyber, investigations, and fraud. Joining NAB around two months ago, and reporting directly to chief technology and operations officer Patrick Wright, David Fairman has accountability for establishing the vision, strategy, and programs to protect NAB's people, customers, information assets, and technologies. As big data, the IoT, and social media spread their wings, they bring new challenges to information security and user privacy. From Brisbane originally, Fairman left Australia just over 13 years ago to pursue a bunch of roles at banks around the world, including with the Royal Bank of Scotland, JPMorgan, and Canada's RBC. After starting his career in electronic warfare with the Royal Australian Air Force, Fairman has also worked for Dimension Data and New Zealand telco Spark.