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Optus And Macquarie Establish Cyber-Security Hub

Optus Business has teamed up with Macquarie University to establish a new cyber-security hub, providing a range of services for government and private agencies.

Optus states that the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub will “support businesses and government to recognise and protect themselves from increasing cyber-threats”, with the hub to provide research, short professional courses and consultancy services.

“The partnership includes degree programs, executive and business short courses, professional recruiting opportunities and thought leadership through cyber-awareness events and international engagements in areas such as intelligence, technology, criminology, finance and governance,” Optus has today advised.

The $10 million investment by the two organisations will “draw on the expertise of Optus and leading Macquarie University academics from various disciplines”, along with that of industry experts, covering three academic areas: Computing & IT, Business & Economics and Security Studies & Criminology.

Optus states the focus will be on “providing a holistic approach to cyber-crime, how it is perpetrated, how it affects the economy and how it impacts policy”.

“As organisations adopt more online and digital channels, they also need to have a fully integrated approach to cyber-security, involving all staff training, management buy-in, effective technology solutions and knowledge of today’s cyber-threats,” John Paitaridis, Optus Business managing director, commented.

“The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub addresses all these areas, providing businesses and government agencies with a unique and unparalleled cyber-offering to help them navigate a complex landscape.”

Supporting the federal government’s recent cyber-security strategy, Optus states that its workforce will also be a key focus, increasing awareness and equipping and upskilling staff.

“The opportunity to partner with Optus, an organisation that deals with cyber-threats and challenges on a daily basis, was something we welcomed, as it enables us to improve cyber-security education at all levels – from the C-level executive through to every employee,” David Wilkinson, Macquarie deputy vice-chancellor (corporate engagement and advancement), commented.

“By collaborating with industry to tailor our study programs, we give our students a head-start in their careers, placing them at the top of Australia’s cyber-security talent pool.

“These initiatives will also work to support the wider expansion of cyber-security training within organisations to better secure and protect their networks and infrastructure.”

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