International Conference: Realigning Cybersecurity Education


Monday 27 November 2017 @ UNSW Canberra

The Australian Centre for Cyber Security has launched a three-year investigation of information security education policy and pedagogy. The project will include academic papers, workshops and three annual flagship conferences 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 conference 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 conference will be followed by a one-day policy workshop on 28 November.

Noting that several invitations to international scholars are still under consideration, confirmed contributors to the conference and/or asscoiated book project, or to the Policy Workshop include:

Professor Diana Burley, George Washington University, Executive Director of the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and Co-chair of the ACM/IEEE-Computer Society Joint Task Force on Cybersecurity Education (paper only)

Professor Andrew Martin, Oxford University, Founder and Director of the Cyber Security Doctoral Training Centre

COL. Andrew A. Hall, Associate Professor, Director of the Army Cyber Warfare Institute, U.S. Military Academy

Professor Roderic Broadhurst, Australian National University

Professor Matthew Warren, Deakin University

Professor Richard Buckland, University of New South Wales Sydney

Emeritus Professor Bill Caelli, Queensland Institute of Technology

Mr Adam P. Henry, Australian Cyber Security Education Network

Dr Nalin Asanka Gamagedara Arachchilage, University of New South Wales Canberra

Dr Silvio Cesare, University of New South Wales Canberra

Professor Greg Austin, University of New South Wales Canberra

The conference will comprise four plenary sessions and two sets of two concurrent workshops. (See detail below on the workshops). There will be a closing cocktail reception at the end of the conference.

There will be a one-day policy workshop (invitation only) for Tuesday 28 November.

Ministerial Keynote

The conference will be opened by the Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on Cyber Security, Hon. Dan Tehan.

Abstracts Accepted

Abstracts accepted so far can be found at this link. Titles confirmed so far inlcude:

"History and Philosophy of Cyber Security Education"

"Information Security Education in China: What Can We Learn?"

"Cyber Security Formation: An Educational Maturity Model for Australia"

"Mastering the Skills Crisis: Realigning Educational Outcomes  to Industry Requirements"

"Mental Models for Learning in Usable Cyber Security"

"Technologies of Cyber Education: Upgrading Ranges and Simulations"  

Call for additional research papers: Proposals close 30 September

The organisers today issued a call for presentations in the plenary sessions, workshop sessions or associated special seminars. The conference will be used to maximise the participation of international scholars. Several invitations are still pending. To give Australia-based scholars an opportunity to participate in the project, papers will be accepted for presentation either at the conference or at Canberra-based special seminars in the six-weeks prior to the conference and in early 2018. Initial proposals should be 3-4 pages in length. Contact: Professor Greg Austin (

UNSW will assist in covering the travel and accommodation costs for one speaker per successful submission. The standard offer includes:

  • Return economy class airfares
  • Accommodation for four nights for international speakers or three nights for Australia-based speakers
  • Free registration to the two-days of the conference

Entitlements are for one speaker per presentation only. You are welcome to bring multiple presenters at your own cost.

Workshop Sessions on Cyber Security Education

There are two workshop themes: a) Cyber Security Educational Tools and b.) Cyber Security Educational Techniques. The organisers have a special interest in the human element in cyber security, the development of cyber ranges and simulations, and creation of new hybrid forms of education and training drawing on the skills of the private sector. We are soliciting 4-6 page submissions. Submissions must be in PDF format, preferably using the IEEE formatting template (LaTeX or MS Word). Dr Nalin Asanaka of UNSW Canberra is coordinating the workshops (

Tuesday, November 28th – Cyber Security Education Public Policy Workshop

The workshop will provide an opportunity for leaders in Australian policy for cyber security education and training to privately debate ideas raised (or ignored) in the conference the previous day.


Registration details will be posted by 9 September 2017. Conference attendance, including refreshments, lunch and the cocktail reception will be with the compliments of UNSW Canberra.

Conference Contacts

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

Policy Workshop Coordination: Mr Adam Henry (

ACCS Centre Manager: Ms Di Fergusson (