I can't believe we pulled this one off. The inaugural Cyber West Summit has now come and gone and I couldn't be more proud of the team for their vision, hard work and commitment over the past 6 months.
I'd like to thank so many, including our sponsors Commonwealth Bank Silverfern IT Slipstream Cyber Security Edith Cowan University Red Piranha Sapien Cyber ES2 City of Joondalup Netskope ES and Fortinet
Special thanks to our army of student volunteers, Kunjal M. Harmanjot Kaur Chandika Ramdoss Miranda Raffaele Lauren C. Sarweswaren Pakrisamy Dekar Lhamo Marius Calin and Daniella Kurnia Surya for all their dedication and hard work.
To my AustCyber - The Australian Cyber Security Growth Network Ltd node team in Brianna Gladman and Casey Farrell for making the trip and sharing in some great times, but also to Louisa Partridge, Mina Zaki and Paula Oliver (CISM) for their hard work in organising the Startup Booster Hub.
To our amazing and highly engaging MC's, Tanya Finnie, A/Prof Melissa Langdon and Farrell Tirtadinata for a brilliant job!
I can't leave out Deb Cousins Pia Turcinov Dr. Ian Martinus (ACEcD) Emma Brown, Stephen Rea Cecily Rawlinson shaun nannup
The WA AustCyber Innovation Hub proudly launched a new initiative earlier this month. The new Students of Cyber (SoC) Industry Connect group held its first event at The George, Perth.
With attendance figures far exceeding expectations, the inaugural SoC connect event brought together a healthy mix of students currently undertaking a course in cyber security through universities or TAFEs and industry professionals in WA’s cyber security sector.
Attendees of various ages and backgrounds got to hear from the CTO of upcoming WA start-up, Stefan Prandl, as he presented a very engaging and at times humorous talk about his pathway into cyber security and the role he currently plays at Hyprfire. We were also honoured to be in the presence of various team members from Cyber CX, ES2, and another fast growing start-up, Retrospect Labs.
“The talk given by Stefan Prandl was both technically mind blowing but also grounded in making sure students felt they had a community and industry to be part of in Perth”, is just some of the overwhelmingly positive feedback received so far from students at the event.
SoC Industry Connect Events run on the first Tuesday of each month, with the next scheduled meetup on the 4th of May and hosted by Cyber CX in their Perth headquarters. Tickets will be available via Eventbrite later on in April. You can also follow SoC here on LinkedIn – https://www.linkdedin/showcase/studentsofcyber
CyberCheck.Me has released 3 minute videos to assist SME better secure their business from cyber security risks. The videos were produced by ECU Cyber Security students. The students are now setting about creating 15 minute videos to extend the help.
Professor Craig Valli of ECU says “this is a project that has winners all around, the students get invaluable education and training on delivering presentations not afforded in the regular curriculum. The double down is the SME community gets a resource and the triple threat is that the students are employed to do this, creating employment. It is this sort of grass roots initiative that involves industry, academia and government collaborating to create real impact”
They can be viewed online at the CyberCheck.Me website https://www.cybercheck.me/essentials.html
The Governor was invited to tour the new Cyber Security Operations (CSO) Centre at Edith Cowan University (ECU) Joondalup Campus. Professor Craig Valli, Director, ECU Security Research Institute, Associate Professor Paul Haskell-Dowland, Associate Dean (Computing and Security) and Professor Andrew Woodward, Executive Dean, School of Science guided the Governor through the Southern Hemisphere’s largest CSO Centre within a university. This state of the art CSO opened on 4th February 2020.