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University of Canberra teams up with Australia’s defence experts

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The University of Canberra teamed up with the Microsecure Corporation and Vertical Scope Defence Industry Recruitment partnership (MSVS).

Aiming to plug the skills gap in one of the most vital national industries there is, the University of Canberra (UC) has extended a Memorandum of Understanding with top security and defence recruitment partners to create Australia’s next generation experts in sovereign strategic and security capabilities.

Extending the agreement to 2022, UC is teamed up with the Microsecure Corporation and Vertical Scope Defence Industry Recruitment partnership (MSVS) in a partnership that promises to have far reaching implications.

“Together with UC, MSVS will develop and deliver the next generation of cyber and security experts for this nation,” managing director of Vertical Scope Defence Industry Recruitment, David Jam said in a statement.

The collaboration is part of a scheme bridge the skills gap occurring in Australia’s defence sector.

According to Australia’s Financial Review (AFR), the country needs to train 18,000 more people by 2026 to fight an onslaught of cyber security wars.

Given the proliferation of online devices in Australia, malicious threats have skyrocketed with the cybersecurity industry on track to triple in size to AU$6 billion.

A report from AFR, released in November, revealed that China top security agency is behind a recent surge in cyberattacks, dubbed “Operation Cloud Hopper.”

A senior Australian government source described China’s activity as “a constant, significant effort to steal our intellectual property.”

Given the dire nature of the situation, the CSIRO has joined forces with AustCyber to create a road map for how to tackle the problem.

CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall and AustCyber chief executive Michelle Price called for “deep collaboration” between all affected parties to ensure the future prosperity of the Australian economy. And UC and MSVS have heeded that call, with this new partnership going some way to tackling the problem.

“This is the starting point of a long-term, potentially game-changing collaboration which looks to address a very important need for the country,” said UC Vice-Chancellor Professor Deep Saini.
“It will also provide enhanced knowledge and skill sets, as well as practical, hands-on experience for UC students.”

The team will work closely with the Australian Government Defence and National Security, Security Vetting and Defence Export Controls agencies. The courses will include hands on training, research and development, sourcing of grant funding

Students will gain a certification of technologies, accreditation, that will be in compliance to address the skilled workforce placement shortages in cyber and national security ICT.

“These initiatives will combine real-world experience and successful delivery with academic excellence and rigour,” said Frank Lazzarotti, Managing Director of Microsecure Corporation.

“They will help to realise employment and commercial opportunities, and drive careers in the cyber and security sphere worldwide.”