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Australasian Higher Education Cybersecurity Service (AHECS)

CAUDIT is partnering with AARNetAusCERTREANNZ and AAF to help members adopt appropriate risk profiles and countering ever-increasing cybersecurity threats and in doing so, help safeguard the intellectual property and reputation of Australasia’s universities.

In addition to the direct provision of support, CAUDIT will perform a valuable coordinating and advisory role, working together in a trusted community, delivering economies of scale and helping mature sector cybersecurity capabilities – people, processes, technology.

Following member prioritisation in 2018, an initial presentation outlining the service was delivered at the CAUDIT Autumn Members meeting in May 2019. The CAUDIT Executive approved the business case and funded the strategic direction for 2020, including the appointment of a resource to support the outcomes in 2020 and 2021.  Progress was presented to members at the CAUDIT Spring Members meeting in October 2019. The next steps include developing the Advisory Council, Executive Steering Group and Operations Group Terms of Reference, calling for nominations to the Advisory Council and Forum, and survey members and the CAUDIT Cybersecurity Community of Practice to prioritise services.

Partner news

CAUDIT appointed Greg Sawyer as the Director, Cybersecurity Program to lead this exciting new collaborative initiative. 

CAUDIT, through a call to membership and formation of another Working Group, provided a response to the Federal Government’s ‘call for views’ in developing Australia’s 2020 Cyber Security Strategy. CAUDIT thanks the Working Group members who contributed significantly to the CAUDIT response for their terrific work.

AARNet is developing a Security Operations Centre (SOC) capability on behalf of our shareholder Australian universities and CSIRO. This SOC will assist universities and other customers to monitor and protect their networks and information, and to identify and respond to threats and compromises.

AARNet is joining an initiative supported by the Internet Society that aims to improve the security and resilience of the global routing system. Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security (MANRS) provides crucial fixes to reduce the most common routing threats including route hijacking, route leaks, and IP address spoofing. 

The AusCERT Conference is the oldest information security conference in Australia. Each year, AusCERT attract in the vicinity of 800 participants and approximately 50 sponsors. The 19th annual AusCERT Cyber Security Conference will be at a new location, the Star Hotel, from the 15th-18th September 2020. The theme of the 2020 conference is "We can be heroes". 


Contact Greg Sawyer if you have any queries about the AHECS project.