Cameron Sands is using a ‘tiny town’ to help UNSW Canberra cyber students learn how to combat potential cyber threats against critical infrastructure, such as gas and electricity networks. With millions of Australians relying on these networks each day, a cyber-attack on them could be catastrophic.
“Cyber security inside critical infrastructure is extremely important. Five or ten years ago it was there, but it wasn’t seen as important. Over the last three or four years, there’s been a huge amount of change in the area, where there has been a number of incidents of quite a lot of damage done,” he says.
Students are able to take a hands-on approach with real hardware, and gain an understanding of how to use it to protect their ‘tiny town’.