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CMU Australia and Australian Cyber Security Centre join forces to launch a new course

Posted 9th March 2022

In the pursuit of making cyberspace a safer and better place, the Australian Cyber Collaboration Centre (A3C) and Carnegie Mellon University Australia (CMU-A) launched an Incident Handling Course last March 2, 2022.

A3C and CMU-A are working together to provide educational programs to raise the cyber awareness of South Australian businesses and government agencies. The launch was attended by senior analysts, managers, and directors from the cyber security community in South Australia.

Prof Riaz Esmailzadeth, Prof Emil Bolongaita and Mr Mike Barber: In the pursuit of making cyberspace a safer and better place to do business

Increasing Cyber Security Threats

According to the 2020-21 report of the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), they received over 67,500 cybercrime reports - an increase of nearly 13% compared to the previous financial year. This increase is categorized by ACSC as substantial since this equates to one report of a cyber attack every 8 minutes.

“With the increased level of cyber security threats and the shortage of skills in the workforce, it is great to see the interest and participation in this course which is hopefully the start of many more to come,” said Mike Barber, CEO of A3C.

With the increased level of cyber security threats and the shortage of skills in the workforce, it is great to see the interest and
participation in this course which is hopefully the start of many more to come.

Prof. Emil Bolongaita, Head of CMU-A, said that “this course is relevant in light of the recent circumstances. This will be a valuable learning experience.”

The course provides a comprehensive overview of the incident management process – from creating a response team to minimizing the impacts to the organization to developing a communication plan.

Incident handling includes instances where a company’s database is broken into, customers’ data are stolen, or getting into the organization’s system and freeze their operations. “The course will help you on how you deal with the consequences, what obligations you might have, and what you have to do. The organization needs to be ready just in case something happens,” said Prof Riaz, Teaching Professor, Management of Information Technology in CMU-A.

He emphasized that information is both an asset and a trust. Therefore, as custodians of information, businesses and governments need to ensure that it is protected.

Prof Brett Tucker (on-screen) and Prof Riaz officially opens the launch of the new course

Bringing World Class Experts to South Australia

The Incident Handling Course is delivered by Professor Brett Tucker from CMU Pittsburgh. He is responsible for a research and development portfolio focused on improving the security and resilience of the US nation’s critical infrastructure and assets with specific focus on risk and resilience.

Prof Riaz said that “the expertise that we have in Pittsburgh campus is world class and ranked number one in the world, so we would like to bring that expertise and knowledge and offer educational programs to professionals in Australia.”

CMUA and A3C: Collaborating to Make the Cyberspace a Safer and Better Place

A3C is a not-for-profit organization that aims to grow the nation’s reputation as a cyber security leader that delivers smart solutions and provides economic stimulus in this new world.

CMU-A is a top ranked university who is at the forefront of cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data analytics.

“This partnership is a step in the right direction. As we see the increase in cyber threats, it is imperative for like-minded organizations to work together in filling the gaps. We are pleased to partner with A3C and use our expertise to capacitate cyber security professionals from both the private and public sector,” Prof Emil said.

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