Australian National University (ANU) Engineering and Computer Science Dean, Professor Elanor Huntington presented certificates to 16 participants of the Cyber Security Challenge Australia (CySCA) today.
As Australia’s only national cyber security competition, CySCA is a ‘hacking’ competition run by an alliance of Australian Government, business and academic professionals who are committed to finding the next generation of Australian cyber security talent.
Over a 24 hour period, the Challenge tests students’ skills in cyber penetration and forensic analysis, and exposes undergraduate and vocational students to the variety of careers available in cyber security. This year, 67 teams competed in the competition, including four ANU teams who placed 4th, 23rd, 31st and 62nd consecutively.
Software Engineering 2017 graduate Ben Roberts, now employed in cyber security with the Department of Human Services, returned to campus to receive his certificate.
“I found the experience to be really helpful in practicing my skills against other people, after all the better you understand how an attacker works the better opportunity you have to prepare or respond” said Ben.
Professor Elanor Huntington congratulated the students on their results and spoke of the future workforce of cyber security specialists, which by 2020 will have a projected shortfall of over 13,000 placements in Australia alone.
“We are experiencing profound waves of transformation within this space and you’re all on the cusp of this” she said.
“We are extremely proud of your achievements and commitment, and the current enduring theme is that we need more students in this space, the need is great,’ Professor Huntington went on to say.
The celebration was held within view of the collaborative cyber facility construction works, a purpose built centre dedicated to help grow Australia's cyber-security workforce and Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) capabilities. The building is due for completion in April 2018.
For students who are interested in cyber security related projects, either theory or systems, please contact Dr. Ramesh Sankaranarayana for project opportunities.
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