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Optus Business and La Trobe University in 10 year cybersecurity partnership

By Peter Binks and Christopher Goldsworthy, BHERT


A strategic alliance announced in October 2016 between La Trobe University and Optus Business is addressing cybersecurity.The new market-leading cybersecurity programs offered by La Trobe University have been developed with Optus and a range of industry partners, and provide multi-disciplinary courses, academic and research leadership, as well as work-integrated learning and employment pathways for La Trobe graduates.

La Trobe University is currently recruiting a new Optus Cybersecurity Chair and will launch two Optus-funded cybersecurity scholarships. The $15,000 three-year scholarships will be awarded to the best and brightest candidates pursuing studies in either the undergraduate Bachelor of Cybersecurity or postgraduate Master of Cybersecurity.

The La Trobe University Optus Cybersecurity Chair is an investment by Optus (one of Australia’s largest telecoms and IT firms) to develop a long-term capability to address this key issue. The strategic alliance includes partnering on the Optus Cyber Security Experience, an online cyber education program for secondary schools, TAFE and universities. The two organisations will also invest up to $8M to support a high-tech campus dubbed “Digital University of the Future” and will work on a $150M sports precinct.

Optus Business also announced a security partnership with Macquarie University in 2016, which included a $10M Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub to offer consultancy services, degree programs and short professional courses, as well as conducting research.

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