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Research & Education hot spots to drive cyber resilience across Australia's digital economy

RESEARCH & EDUCATION HOT SPOTS TO DRIVE CYBER RESILIENCE ACROSS AUSTRALIA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

 

MEDIA STATEMENT 

 

Australia, 24 February 2017: The ACS, the association for Australia’s technology professionals, welcomes the call for applications under the government’s Academic Centres of Cyber Security Excellence (ACCSE) initiative.

The call for ACCSE applications is an important first step in creating cyber security capability hot spots and an important sign to the marketplace that Australia’s future economy will be resilient and trustworthy.

ACS President Anthony Wong said, “The Turnbull Government is to be applauded for prioritising cyber security issues and moving quickly to advance and protect Australia’s interests online. The opportunities afforded by the digital and knowledge economies can only be realised through a co-ordinated and whole of government approach. We commend Ministers Birmingham and Tehan on their commitment to consulting with key stakeholders to create pragmatic policy solutions.”

The ACS performs an important role in assuring the high quality of undergraduate and postgraduate technology-related degrees, having accredited 950 such programs, many of which currently contain elements of cyber security and network security in their curricula. In recognition of global supply chains and professional mobility needs, undergraduate degrees accredited by ACS are also recognised via the Seoul Accord, a multi-lateral agreement recognising equivalency across eleven countries.

“Through financial support to assist cyber security higher education, training and research, we believe the ACCSE initiative will provide the impetus for a range of new, specialist cyber courses. The ACS will continue to work collaboratively with government to fast-track the growth of this ecosystem. 

“Coupled with the recent passage of the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Bill 2016, the foundations are now being put in place to assure a safe and prosperous nation for the digital future,” said Anthony Wong.

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Further information

Sarah Jane Williams, Launch Group, 0409 362 679 sarahjane@launchgroup.com.au

Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244 louise@launchgroup.com.au

 

About the ACS

The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 22,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information.