Cyber Week is AustCyber’s national flagship event. Running from 14 to 18 November events and activities took place across Australia showcasing the full breadth of Australia’s cyber security sector. Australia’s fourth Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan (SCP), AustCyber’s flagship publication, was launched as part of the week.
The WA Cyber Hub was busy delivering events throughout the week aimed at students, industry and supporting diversity in STEM.
WA Cyber Cup 2022
The week kicked off with the judging and awards presentation for the WA Cyber Cup 2022. Delivered by the Innovation Institute, and sponsored by ES2 and CyberCX, this program took high school students through a five week course using design thinking to solve cyber related problems. The depth of ideas and solutions developed by the students was impressive. thanks to the mentors, and judges who all made the program a huge success.
Students of Cyber
Students of Cyber was next, and was co-hosted by Bunnings Cyber. Free tickets were on offer to any students able to solve the CTF challenge set by Bunnings. After being run through the solution by Steven Lee, the 13 students who successfully solved the challenge were presented with prizes courtesy of Bunnings. This was followed by a panel discussion on cyber careers and current issues with Emily Harmon, Dee Breakell, Duncan Alderson, Kurtis Fox & Blake Taylor. This monthly event is usually open to tertiary students of cyber, as our Cyber Week special event it was open high school students too.
In partnership with the City of Joondalup, the Hub delivered a special Joondalup Business Forum event on the theme 'Growing a Stronger Cyber Export Market' attended by 180 business and industry leaders.
AustCyber Group Executive Jason Murrell provided an analysis of AustCyber's Sector Competitiveness Plan followed by an in-depth discussion by our expert panel, Tim Jones, MD of Hyprfire and Adam Bennett, Founder and CEO of Red Piranha, along with our Hub Director, Cecily Rawlinson.
CyberWest Summit is WA’s flagship event providing cyber security education across all industries and highlighting WA cyber security capabilities. As a key trading partner, we are delighted to welcome participants from India to join and to take Cyber West Summit global in 2023.
The week ended with the AISA PerthSec Conference. The Hub team were there, supporting the event as a Bronze partner with a booth highlighting the Hub's activities as well as showcasing nine of our local cyber companies. We also took the opportunity to build our sector knowledge attending presentations from a range of local cyber experts.
Diversity & Inclusion
The Hub is a huge supporter of women in STEM and are proud to be a Community Sponsor for the WiTWA Tech+ Conference. The team ran a booth highlighting the Hub's activities as well as the importance of staying safe online, and the hosts of our podcast, West Coast Cyber were interviewing women for their next episode.
The team thoroughly enjoyed hearing from amazing and inspirational women in tech who participated in the event. It was fantastic to see the significant inclusion of cyber in the program and in recognition through the WiTWA Awards.
Cyber Week was a brilliant platform for getting the cyber message to such a broad range of stakeholders. We're looking forward to making 2023 event bigger.