International Workshops: Realigning Cybersecurity Education


University of New South Wales Canberra

8.45am to 5.00pm

Academic Workshop: Monday 27 November 2017 @UNSWCanberra 

Policy Workshop: Tuesday 28 November 2017 @UNSWCanberra 

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The Australian Centre for Cyber Security (ACCS) at UNSW Canberra has launched a three-year investigation of information security education policy and pedagogy, with special reference to Australia. The project will include academic papers, workshops and three annual flagship publications between now and 2019. We launched the project with a seminar and ACCS Discussion Paper No. 4:  Mastering the Cyber Security Skills Crisis: Realigning Education Outcomes to Industry Requirements in August 2017.

The first one-day international academic workshop scheduled for 27 November is intended to stimulate fresh ideas and policy proposals for framing and managing cyber security education in ways that create new synergies between universities, business, governments and the less structured creative communities, both within and across national borders. The papers from this first annual conference will be published in an edited volume in 2018. The Australian Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is co-sponsoring the conference. The academic workshop on 27 November will be followed by a one-day policy workshop on 28 November (see further below).

Confirmed contributors to the conference and/or associated book project are listed below:

The conference will comprise five plenary sessions and one set of two concurrent discussion groups. (See detail below on the discussion groups). There will be a closing cocktail reception at the end of the conference.

Ministerial Keynote

The international academic workshop on 27 November will be opened by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Hon. Dan Tehan.

Discussion Groups on Cyber Security Education

There are two themes: (a) Educating for Psychology, Trust and Management and (b) Serious Games for Cyber Security. Discussion groups will address the following presentations:

Stream A: Educating for Psychology, Trust and Management

Incorporating Psychology into Cyber Security Education: Key Areas and Pedagogical Approaches: Dr John McAlaney, Dr Jacqui Taylor, Sarah Hodge, Helen Thackeray, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science & Technology, Bournemouth University, UK; Susie James, John Dale, LiMETOOLS Ltd, Bournemouth, UK

Cyber-Physical Smart Grid Security Tool for Education and Training Purposes: Neetesh Saxena, Vasilis Katos, Department of Computing and Informatics, Bournemouth University, UK; Neeraj Kumar; Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Thapar University., Patiala, India

Executive Learning in Information Security Management: A Storytelling Approach: Atif Ahmad, School of Computing and Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia

Stream B: Serious Games for Cyber Security

A Serious Game Design: Nudging Users’ Memorability of Security Questions: Nicholas Micallef, Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia

Phish Phinder: A Game Design Approach to Enhance User Confidence in Mitigating Phishing Attacks: Gaurav Misra, Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage, Australian Centre for Cyber Security, School of Engineering and Information Technology, University of New South Wales Canberra, Australia; Shlomo Berkovsky, Data61, CSIRO Eveleigh NSW, Australia

See the draft agenda, click here.

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Conference Contacts

Academic coordination: Professor Greg Austin ( and Dr Nalin Asanka (

Policy Workshop Coordination: Mr Adam Henry (

ACCS Research Support: Mr Tom Sear  (

Tuesday, 28 November: Cyber Security Education Policy Workshop

The policy workshop on 28 November will be by invitation only. Anyone keen to participate should contact Professor Greg Austin ( It will provide an opportunity for leaders in Australian policy for cyber security education and training (from business, government, NGOs and the tertiary sector) to privately debate ideas raised (or ignored) in the conference the previous day. There will be a structured agenda. The discussion will be under the Chatham House rule (no attribution of remarks withough speaker's permission). A summary report will be published by ACCS and shared directly with stakeholders.