Australia’s first Cyber Defence University Challenge will take place on 3 and 4 April 2012 and I’m delighted that Telstra is intimately involved in this inaugural event initiated by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (PM&C). But it’s not just Telstra and PM&C who’ve organised the Challenge; it’s been a huge collaborative effort involving Defence, CERT Australia and Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
The Australian 2012 Cyber Defence University Challenge will be a 24-hour event during which participants will attempt to identify IT vulnerabilities within a fictitious Australian business. Working in partnership with the Government, I’m confident that we’ve created a real-world scenario that mirrors many of the challenges Australian businesses face today.
Importantly the Challenge is not just about identifying information security risks and threats; participants must also highlight useful solutions to the problems they discover and provide recommendations to enhance and promote information security within the business.
At the conclusion of the event, members of Defence, CERT Australia and Telstra’s Security Operations team will review and score the submissions and winning teams will be announced on 5 April.
Given that it’s the first time we’ve held such an event, we’ve invited only undergraduates from ICT faculties in universities across Australia to participate.
There are 17 teams taking part in the Challenge – we’ve already locked in the participants and in the lead up to the event we’ll visit the universities to meet the students and prepare them for the Challenge; making sure they’re aware of the rules, how the Challenge will work and how their submissions will be assessed.
Not only have I found my career in Information security to be incredibly intellectually and personally rewarding; it’s a discipline that I feel is vital to a technologically driven Australia. By participating in the 2012 Cyber Defence University Challenge, the universities are providing a real life information security example to the next generation of ICT professionals as well as promoting the rewards of a career in the information security field.
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