A digital forensics lab and virtualised computing are among the features of the new headquarters for UNSW Canberra Cyber, which has been officially opened by Minister for Cyber Security Angus Taylor.
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,” Phair said.
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 ANU.
UNSW Canberra Cyber has invested close to $3 million to building training facilities, which can create a variety of virtual environments for participants to learn about malicious tools and software.
In a statement, UNSW said that 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.
Five-day short courses include a cyber boot camp, Reverse Engineering, Intrusion Analysis and Response and Exploit Development. 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 Cyber is part of UNSW Canberra’s Defence Research Institute.