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Cisco and the University of Canberra will jointly tackle the cybersecurity skills shortage

Global networking giant Cisco has partnered with the University of Canberra to address the cybersecurity skills shortage, with a focus on defense and critical infrastructure.

A Cisco statement said the partnership would expand the National Industry Innovation Network, which focuses on how digital technologies can help meet Australia’s economic and social challenges.

“Cybersecurity is a major challenge for us at all levels, and certainly for industry, government and academia – therefore it is also a major source of new jobs and innovation,” the vice said. -Chancellor of the University of Canberra, Professor Paddy Nixon.

“Australia has huge opportunities to improve its resilience against cyberattacks, including the use of advanced digital technologies.

“Improving Australia’s cyber resilience will require action on several fronts: industry-driven research, applied innovation and a focus on meeting current and future demand for specialist skills.

“The University of Canberra looks forward to working with Cisco and other industry and education partners to address some of the country’s most pressing challenges related to cybersecurity and broader digital adoption.

As part of the partnership, the two will join the National Industry Innovation Network.

Cisco ANZ Vice President Ben Dawson said, “The partnership with the University of Canberra is a strategically important element in terms of what we are trying to achieve with the National Industry Innovation Network.

“Cisco is committed to and investing in strategic partnerships with universities to accelerate technology adoption and address major risks to the Australian economy and society.

“The focus on cybersecurity recognizes that protecting data and infrastructure must be a national priority. It also recognizes the important role that Canberra plays from a cybersecurity policy, skills and operations perspective, including in defense and national security.

“Cisco’s investment in the National Industry Innovation Network is yielding great results in areas as diverse as critical infrastructure, Net Zero, hybrid working, and accelerating digital transformation.

The press release indicates that the Research Chair in Defense and Critical Infrastructure will be part of the NIIN.


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