Building cyber capacity

OCSC undertakes a variety of research and education projects designed to foster thought leadership and enhance cybersecurity capacity. Whether is it an internal scoping exercise, collaboration with external stakeholders, or educational seminars, they all further our mission of developing cyber literacy and building digital resilience within the region.

University Internship Projects

The International Cyber Operating Environment and Donor Analysis

 
The international cyber security capacity building environment is a complex matrix to navigate. With new organisations on-boarding to meet the growing list of challenges to address rising cyber related safety and security issues, the OCSC has invested in a deep dive to better understand the donor stakeholders and their policies, their synergy with the OCSC vision, and with the aim to better understand the international operating environment as a whole being the funders, the implementers, and the coordinators.

The project team:

  • Professor Matt Warren

  • Professor Iqbal Gondal

  • A/Professor Paul Pang

Australian and Pacific Region Cyber Capacity Building Gap Analysis

 

In response to the Cyber and Critical Technology Cooperation Program call for views, this research project will conduct a cyber capacity building gap analysis of the Australian and wider Pacific region to inform a submission to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade proposing potential solutions to the identified opportunities and challenges.

The project team:

  • Jaskirat Sandhu – Monash University

  • Chao Cheng – Monash University

CIIER and NESTA Digital Cities Pilot Project

 

This project will facilitate the placement of several OCSC member university students as interns, with the OCSC and the CIIER and NESTA (UK) partnership conducting a pilot research project to adapt the Australian Digital Cities Index (ACDI) and the European Digital Cities Index (EDCI) methodology in a developing economy environment.

The pilot research project will identify synergy, duplications, and unique indicators from the ACDI and EDCIs as compared with the Cyber Security Maturity Model for Nations (CMM), to ensure that the Index has specific and beneficial application to developing economies.

Further, it will build upon the findings of the CMM, to identify the macro and micro economic advantages and limitations, with a view to identifying pathways for digital economic investment and skills enhancement.

The project team:

  • Harith Morawakage – Monash University

  • Adelaide Pope – University of Melbourne

  • Tia Brullo – Monash University

OCSC Education Program

This project comprises of 3 phases.

Phase 1 will assess the current educational operating environment and its offerings for short courses, industry training and micro-credentials that offer technical cyber security courses, cyber security policy, regulation and awareness for governments and other industry groups including effective cyber security management. The research will establish a definitional status to identify what courses and curriculum are in scope for the purposes of the audit.

Phase 2 of the project will be an assessment of courses offered in the Pacific region and will include any Dimension 3 recommendations stemming from the CMM.

Phase 3 of the project will consolidate phase 1 and 2 of the project and using evidence-based findings propose to develop multiple short-courses as pilot programs to be deployed and promoted nationally and abroad.

  • Meredith Jones

Cyber Security Winter School

 

OCSC, RMIT University and Australian Information Security Association (AISA) worked together to create, coordinate, and facilitate the ‘Cyber Security Winter School’.

In August 2021 five seminars were held in a span of one week. EOIs were sought from academics to present at the Winter School on an area of cyber security speciality with attendees from students from multiple universities, industry professionals, government representatives and other cyber security researchers.

The project team:

  • Professor Matt Warren

  • Professor Iqbal Gondal

  • A/Professor Paul Pang

Seminars

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