UNSW Canberra Cyber opens state-of-the-art facilities

UNSW Canberra Cyber opens state-of-the-art facilities

A digital forensics lab and virtualised computing are among the features of the new headquarters for UNSW Canberra Cyber which was officially opened today by Minister for Cyber Security, The Hon Angus Taylor MP.

UNSW Canberra Cyber Director, Nigel Phair says the requirement for high-level cyber security expertise and knowledge has never been greater.

“Through training and education, UNSW Canberra Cyber is working to combat threats to national security, the economy and the safety of individuals due to the exploitation of information systems and the proliferation of social media platforms,” Nigel says.

2018 has already seen a number of prominent cyber controversies including the Cambridge Analytica Facebook scandal, the NSW Health data leak and the recent attack on the Australian National University.

UNSW Canberra has invested close to $3 million to build state-of-the-art training facilities, which include more capacity for face-to-face teaching and the ability to create a variety of virtual environments for participants to safely learn about malicious tools and software.

Students will be introduced to electronic evidence collection and analysis in the digital forensics lab, while a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) table will teach students how to secure control systems.

UNSW Canberra Cyber’s programs range from professional education short courses through to postgraduate degrees.

Short courses are delivered over five days and include Cyber Boot Camp, Reverse Engineering, Intrusion Analysis and Response and Exploit Development. Participants are equipped with the appropriate skills to advance their organisation’s cyber awareness and resilience.

Masters programs include Master of Cyber Security, Master of Cyber Security Operations, Master of Cyber Security (Advanced Tradecraft), Master of Cyber Security (Digital Forensics) and Master of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy.

UNSW Canberra is an important part of UNSW Canberra’s Defence Research Institute, which brings together researchers across UNSW to provide Defence with solutions to real life issues.