Kaspersky Lab and Swinburne University of Technology have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support cybersecurity education and bridge the country’s skill gap.
The partnership will focus on enhancing cybersecurity education in information and communication technology courses run by Swinburne’s School of Software and Electrical Engineering.
Students and teaching staff will be able to benefit from Kaspersky's “Train-the-Trainer” program that promotes regular exchange of information such as industry insights and best practices.
Swinburne staff will also have the opportunity to share with students the latest knowledge, skills and experience that will be beneficial to their careers.
“This partnership will enable our staff to remain at the cutting-edge of cybersecurity technology in Australia and the world,” says Professor Hung Nguyen AM, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.
“Our students will better learn how to apply cybersecurity knowledge to real-life problems, giving them a competitive advantage in this growing industry. Together with Kaspersky Lab we can foster the development of educational and research projects in the field of cybersecurity.”
Last year, a government report estimated that Australia would need another 11,000 cybersecurity specialists over the next decade. With the rise of connected devices, more organisations are constantly faced with finding the right security fit to combat cyber-criminal activity.
Kaspersky Lab’s recent research also shows that one-third of organisations place importance in improving their in-house security expertise among the top three priorities of their IT security investment.
Kaspersky Lab ANZ General Manager Margrith Appleby says: “The current skills shortage is a result of a lack of defined career paths. We believe our partnership with Swinburne within their respective faculties in software, engineering, science and technology will ensure the development in training and educational content for a new future of cybersecurity experts in Australia.”
Kaspersky Lab has also previously signed three separate (MoUs) with Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), and Temasec Polytechnic.