Cybersecurity services

AHECS provides a range of services to help members adopt appropriate risk profiles and counter ever-increasing cybersecurity threats, and, in doing so, helps safeguard the intellectual property and reputation of Australasia’s universities. In addition to the direct provision of support, CAUDIT performs 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.


Third party risk assessments:

Through a sector offer, AHECS provides third party risk assessments to enable institutions to assess the risks of vendor offerings and solutions. For more information click here.

The CISO group:

The CISO group, comprised of the senior cybersecurity member within institutions with responsibility for cybersecurity, meet monthly, have an active email communication list, and collaborate providing thought leadership, priorities for the sector, share challenges and good practice. All Australian and New Zealand institutions have active members.

AHECS Cybersecurity Community of Practice (CoP):

The AHECS Cybersecurity CoP has over 260 active members from all Australian and New Zealand institutions. The CoP is an active community with regular webinars by peers, international peers, industry and government and have a Slack channel for communication sharing updates, threat intelligence and good practice.

AHECS Cybersecurity Summit:

The AHECS Cybersecurity Summit, launched in 2020, is an annual conference developed by the sector for the sector, and is specifically focused on the Higher Education and Research Cybersecurity, Identity Management and Privacy Community. The 2022 summit will be the first in-person event since the service was launched, and will be held in Canberra on 08 and 09 November.


CAUDIT engages with Government, strategic partners (nationally and internationally), suppliers and partners, on behalf of the sector regarding a range of items including legislation, compliance, systems, and threat intelligence.

Four-Nation Cyber Security Study Tour:

The Cybersecurity Virtual Study Tour, launched in 2020, brings together delegates from around the world to consider the cybersecurity challenges currently facing institutions everywhere, share best practices and threat intelligence, as well as seek opportunities for collaboration. The tours are a collaborative activity delivered by CAUDIT in partnership with peer organisations globally. Information on the 2022 tour will be available in Q3.

CAUDIT acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands where we live, learn and work. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of all First Nations people.