NAB and La Trobe University have today announced a new Strategic Alliance to deliver research, teaching and workforce development in the critical area of cybersecurity.
La Trobe Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar welcomed the new collaboration, saying now more than ever it was critical that universities and industry work together to meet the pressing challenges of cybersecurity threats.
“La Trobe University is already at the forefront of research, teaching and policy development though the establishment of the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Research Hub,” Professor Dewar said.
“We are delighted to join forces with NAB as one of Australia’s leading banks to create new knowledge, find solutions for industry problems, and train the cyber workforce of the future. Partnering with NAB will provide us with an added level of invaluable expertise. We are already researching the latest malware detection and sensing techniques, and the opportunity to expand this research to areas such as data detection and forensics analysis will benefit all Australians.”
NAB Chief Enterprise Security Officer, David Fairman said: “This partnership marks an important step towards furthering the cybersecurity capabilities within academia and industry alike. At NAB, we have a mature security practice, with protecting customers at the very heart. We’re thrilled to join forces with La Trobe to gain deeper insights, identify threats more effectively and help shape the future curriculum for the next generation.”
As part of the alliance agreement, NAB General Manager Cyber Security and Chief Information Security Officer, Nicholas McKenzie, will join the La Trobe Cybersecurity Executive Advisory Board.
The Strategic Alliance between La Trobe and NAB will be signed in the Federation Room of the Victorian Parliament today, and is the first step in the new partnership to tackle cybersecurity and build ongoing opportunities for both institutions and their client networks.
The new agreement will include:
Research and development
NAB will work with La Trobe researchers to develop technical solutions, leading to commercialisation opportunities, in cyber intelligence, protection, digital forensics, reverse engineering, malware detection and response.
Learning, teaching and graduate recruitment
NAB will contribute to La Trobe’s sector-leading cybersecurity curriculum as a new member of the Optus La Trobe Cybersecurity Hub Advisory Committee and by specialist staff teaching into the Master of Cybersecurity as guest or sessional lecturers.
NAB will propose operational, technical, legal and business research questions for La Trobe Masters by coursework students (to undertake as capstone projects within their degree programs).
NAB will provide scholarships and internships to high-achieving, employment-eligible students with the aim of adding to the future workforce pipeline.
La Trobe and NAB will collaborate on developing new cyber training short courses for NAB and other staff, based on NAB and clients’ problems.
La Trobe will provide NAB staff with professional short courses, and opportunities for Research Higher Degree and Masters by Coursework, programs, including La Trobe’s prestigious Master of Cybersecurity program, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to ever-evolving cyber threats and enables students to become skilled cybersecurity professionals.
The new strategic alliance also includes the potential for NAB and La Trobe to co-invest in innovative and shared facilities, including a Security Operations Centre (SOC) and/or Cyber Laboratory in the future.