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AHECS Cybersecurity

Collaboratively Strengthening Sector Cybersecurity

Why the Australasian Higher Education Cybersecurity Service (AHECS)?

AHECS is a higher education sector collective that leverages the capabilities and expertise of its partner entities to strengthen the sector’s overall cybersecurity posture. AHECS also acts as central body, representing the sector on cybersecurity issues.

AHECS’s purpose is aligned to the principles of being stronger together and ‘all boats lift on a rising tide’. It is a collective developed specifically for the sector by the sector to address capability gaps and help defend the sector from continuously evolving cybersecurity threats.

The AHECS partner entities are AAF (Australian Access Federation authentication and identity verification), AARNet (Australia’s national research and education network and provider of a portfolio of cyber security services), AusCERT (Australia’s Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team), CAUDIT and REANNZ (New Zealand’s national research and education network and Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team).


The AHECS collective operates as an efficient vehicle for sharing cyber security expertise and threat intelligence across the sector, promoting and simplifying access to sector-specific cyber security services and representing the sector on cybersecurity issues.

Advisory & Advocacy

CAUDIT raises the Higher Education and research sector cybersecurity profile with government and its agencies, acting as an influencer, promoting efforts, services and outcomes from within the HE sector and ensuring that the HE sector influences policy, legislation and funding opportunities relating to cybersecurity and safety.


CAUDIT facilitates proactive communication, involvement, collaboration and exchange between CAUDIT and the members ensuring AHECS is focused on specific member needs and delivering value-add benefits. Through this engagement with the CAUDIT Members, the AHECS partners identify opportunities for mutual benefit through engagement with institutions, v...Read More

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The Cybersecurity Community serves as both a strategic and functional vehicle for engagement and collaboration on trends, risks, threats, impacts, controls and good practices associated with all aspects of cybersecurity related to people, process and technology

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