NAB launches cybersecurity alliance in Victorian parliament
National Bank of Australia (NAB) and La Trobe University have formed a partnership to deliver research, teaching and workforce development in the critical area of cybersecurity.
La Trobe vice-chancellor professor, John Dewar, welcomes the new collaboration stating: “Now more than ever it was critical that universities and industry work together to meet the pressing challenges of cybersecurity threats.”
“Partnering with NAB will provide us with an added level of invaluable expertise. We are already researching the latest malware detection and sensing techniques, and the opportunity to expand this research to areas such as data detection and forensics analysis will benefit all Australians,” Dewar adds.
NAB chief enterprise security officer, David Fairman said: “This partnership marks an important step towards furthering the cybersecurity capabilities within academia and industry alike. At NAB, we have a mature security practice, with protecting customers at the very heart. We’re thrilled to join forces with La Trobe to gain deeper insights, identify threats more effectively and help shape the future curriculum for the next generation.”
As part of the alliance agreement, NAB general manager cyber security and chief information security officer, Nicholas McKenzie, will join the La Trobe cybersecurity executive advisory board.
The agreement between La Trobe and NAB will be signed in the federation room of the Victorian parliament and is the first step in the new partnership to tackle cybersecurity and build ongoing opportunities for both institutions and their client networks.
La Trobe will provide NAB staff with professional short courses and opportunities for research higher degree and masters by coursework, programs, including La Trobe’s master of cybersecurity program, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to ever-evolving cyber threats and enables students to become skilled cybersecurity professionals.
The new strategic alliance also includes the potential for NAB and La Trobe to co-invest in innovative and shared facilities, including a security operations centre and/or cyber laboratory in the future.