RMIT to lead national cybersecurity project for the tertiary sector


RMIT’s new centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CSRI) will lead a project with the University Foreign Interference Taskforce (UFIT) on behalf of the higher education sector.

The CSRI will manage the project as part of a Federal Government Cyber Security grant of $1.6m to enhance the cyber security of Australia’s universities, announced earlier this year.

CSRI Director Professor Matt Warren said the centre was uniquely placed to assist in developing the sector-wide threat modelling and threat intelligence-sharing network outlined in the Australian government’s funding package.

“We are a leading source of knowledge and expertise in multi-disciplinary cyber security research and innovation, strategy advice, workforce development and community awareness,” he said.

Announcing funding for the new taskforce back in June, Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Government would work with the higher education sector to protect students, research and academic integrity at Australian universities.

Outlining the role of the taskforce as part of that announcement, he said that the development of threat modelling and intelligence sharing between universities and government would help identify new and emerging threats as well as best-practice responses.

Building on the University’s depth of expertise, the CSRI brings together leading capabilities across multiple disciplines including business, computer science, engineering, mathematics and entrepreneurship to address cyber security threats.

The Centre also works closely with the RMIT Blockchain Innovation Hub and the RMIT Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre, powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS).