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Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

New Cyber Security Hub at Macquarie University

Optus Business and Macquarie University have joined forces to establish a multi-disciplinary Cyber Security Hub to support businesses and government to recognise and protect themselves from increasing cyber threats.

The new ‘Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub’ will provide research, short professional courses and consultancy services to the private sector and government agencies.

Optus Business and Macquarie University to establish new Cyber Security Hub

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business and Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), Macquarie University. (Credit: Paul Wright)

It represents a $10-million investment by Optus Business and Macquarie University that will draw on the expertise of Optus and leading Macquarie University academics from various disciplines and industry experts to cover three academic areas: Science and IT, Business and Economics; and Security Studies and Criminology. It will focus on providing a holistic approach to cybercrime, how it is perpetrated, how it affects the economy and how it impacts policy.

The partnership includes degree programs, executive and business short courses, professional recruiting opportunities and thought leadership through cyber awareness events and international engagements in areas such as intelligence, technology, criminology, finance and governance.

John Paitaridis, Managing Director, Optus Business, said “As Australian enterprises and government agencies increasingly embrace the digital economy and shifting consumer expectations of online experience, cyber security is a top priority for Executives and Boards.

“While cyber-attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication, most organisations lack the right expertise and skills across their business to identify and manage these attacks.

“As organisations adopt more online and digital channels, they also need to have a fully integrated approach to cyber security involving all staff training, management buy-in, effective technology solutions and knowledge of today’s cyber threats.

“The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub addresses all these areas, providing businesses and government agencies with a unique and unparalleled cyber offering to help them navigate a complex landscape. We are committed to empowering every person, business and organisation to confidently operate in the digital world, and this partnership is a significant step in helping us deliver on that promise.”

Supporting the Federal Government’s recent cyber security strategy—which outlines plans to make Australia a cyber-smart nation—the new Cyber Hub will have a range of initiatives to enhance Macquarie University’s teaching and research offering. Optus’ workforce will also be a key focus, with the partnership increasing awareness, as well as equipping and upskilling staff with the latest cyber security skills and expertise. Optus will offer the same opportunity to its enterprise and government customers.

David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Corporate Engagement and Advancement), Macquarie University said, “Education underpins the very success of the government’s Cyber Strategy, and is the cornerstone of any cyber security program.

“Cyber security has become one of the defining issues of this decade, which is why Macquarie University was one of the first in the country to establish a dedicated policing, intelligence and counter-terrorism degree.

“The opportunity to partner with Optus, an organisation that deals with cyber threats and challenges on a daily basis, was something we welcomed as it enables us to improve cyber security education at all levels—from the C-level executive through to every employee.

“By collaborating with industry to tailor our study programs, we give our students a head-start in their careers, placing them at the top of Australia’s cyber security talent pool. These initiatives will also work to support the wider expansion of cyber security training within organisations to better secure and protect their networks and infrastructure.”

Optus and Macquarie University signed the agreement in May and envisage the Cyber Security Hub will attract partners from the public and private sector who want to generate knowledge and foster enhancements in cyber security technologies and governance, through research and innovation.

Master of International Security Studies

The Master of International Security Studies goes beyond the traditional security challenges such as military conflict and can include challenges to human, societal, economic and environmental security. This degree explores the strategies being developed to respond to these security and intelligence threats. It covers a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional security issues examined from a regional and global context.

Some topics of study

  • Counter Terrorism
  • Terrorism Dynamics
  • Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
  • Cyber Crime
  • International Policing Systems
  • Practice of Modern Intelligence
  • Intelligence Analysis Platforms
  • Cyber Security
  • Cyber Policing and Intelligence
  • Nuclear Weapons

Career Opportunities

  • Advisers and analysts for private security agencies
  • Advisers and analysts to international organisations involved in security operations
  • Border protection agency officials strategists
  • Commentators and researchers for media outlets
  • Researchers for intelligence agencies

Program: Master of International Security Studies
Location: North Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Semester intakes: February and July
Duration: 1 – 1.5 years
Application deadline: While there is no set application deadline, it is recommended that candidates apply at least three months prior to the program start date.

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Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Macquarie University studies man vs Wi-Fi

A paper by Macquarie University and US researchers has highlighted the importance of understanding the internet as an organism that can evolve, opening up a can of widgets when it comes to the implications for life on our planet.

Macquarie University Information Technology

Study IT at Macquarie (Photo credit: FJ Gaylor)

“Life on Earth is driven by the information encoded in DNA, and there are around 530 billion, billion, billion, billion nucleotides—the individual components that make up DNA—on the planet, which is a huge amount of information. However, the amount of information on the internet is predicted to exceed even this huge number in about a hundred years,” lead author Professor Michael Gillings explained.

The main advances in the complexity of life, the authors argue, can be explained by improvements in the way information is stored and used by life forms. For example, early life forms on Earth replaced less stable molecules with the stable and well-known DNA molecules that we see today. This simple replacement allowed the organisms with DNA to pass on information with greater ease and grow reliably, which led to organisms being able to consist of more than one cell, evolve a nervous system, and eventually become complex beings such as humans, with intricate societies and languages. Akin to this process, each year the internet grows in size by 30 to 40 per cent and is accompanied by new ways of sharing and using this digital information. Simply put, the digital world is evolving, and is likely doing so at a much faster rate than that of the biological world.

“What we’ve seen throughout the history of our planet is that evolutionary advances often result in the extinction of earlier species, which means we should be working towards avoiding this fate when it comes to technology.  Already, artificial intelligence can beat us in chess and on game shows; we rely on it for stock market trades, for operating trains and planes, and for maintaining our power grids,” Professor Gillings said.

The problem, the authors say, is the fact that we are already relying on the digital world too much, including being directly linked to it via handheld devices, and even medical implants. These technologies will soon allow direct brain-to-internet communication, potentially leaving our own minds open to attack by a digital organism.

“In biological terms, fusions like these between two unrelated ‘organisms’ are called symbioses. And in nature all symbioses have the potential to turn into a parasitic relationship, where one organism fares much better than the other. We need to start thinking about the internet as an organism that can evolve. Whether it cooperates or competes with us is cause for considerable concern,” Professor Gillings concluded.

Gillings, Michael R; Hilbert, Martin; Kemp, Darrell J. Information in the Biosphere: Biological and Digital Worlds. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. January 2016.

Macquarie Department of Computing
The Macquarie Department of Computing is committed to excellence in terms of its teaching, research, and industry and external collaborations. Being located at the northern end of Sydney’s ‘silicon valley’, the department enjoys the advantages of a large green field campus in the hub of Sydney’s information technology industry.

The department offers a comprehensive teaching program that covers the spectrum from undergraduate, master of research programs, postgraduate coursework and PhD study. Specific courses include traditional computer science, programming languages, software engineering, information systems, e-business technologies through to artificial intelligence, web technologies and language technology, games development and web design.

Underpinning this teaching is an active and thriving research program covering a wide range of interests including language technology, cryptography, security, programming languages and advanced systems engineering, knowledge systems and category theory.

The Department of Computing’s unique approach brings together industry experts and active researchers to provide contemporary and world-leading expertise in the following specialisations of Master of Information Technology degree:

  • Information Systems
  • Management
  • Internetworking and Cyber Security
  • Web Engineering


Would you like more information about studying information technology at Macquarie University? Contact OzTREKK Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston at 1-866-698-7355 or shannon@oztrekk.com.