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Filed under Education & Childcare, News ~ by Press on  6 May 2019

New degree unlocks job opportunities in growing cyber security industry

With Australia’s cyber security industry estimated to triple in size over the next decade*, the University of Newcastle has created a new degree to equip students with the skills to pursue a career in the field.

From phones and transport, to health and finances, cyber security plays an imperative role in everyday life and will become even more prominent as we move towards an increasingly automated future.

Program Convenor and Global Innovation Chair in Cybersecurity, Professor Vijay Varadharajan, said the new Master of Cyber Security is a step towards addressing the shortage of cyber security workers across the world, estimated to be over two million people.

Students will learn about cyber security concepts and techniques, how to design secure systems and applications, and learn about different types of attacks against systems and how to counteract them.”

With growing demand for cyber security professionals, it is critically important we have a skilled workforce to protect people, data, systems and infrastructures from cyber-attacks,” Professor Varadharajan said.

The Master of Cyber Security will be on offer from Semester 2, 2019 and a launch event is being held on Tuesday 7 May from 5.30pm in the IDC Building at Callaghan campus for the community to learn more about the new degree and hear from industry experts.  Click here for more information.

*Australian Cyber Security Growth Network, 2018

Linkage Projects connect researchers to achieve real-world solutions

The University of Newcastle has been successful in securing more than $700,000 in the latest round of funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Supported by an ARC Linkage Project, two cross-institutional teams led by University of Newcastle researchers will explore solutions to the following pressing global challenges:

  • $456,527 for Professor Brett Neilan and team to investigate mitigating the risk of cyanobacterial blooms in wastewater ponds. Cyanobacterial algal blooms in wastewater pose a significant risk to the economy, the environment and public health due to their impact on effluent quality and the utility of recycled water.

To understand the causes and associated risk, this project will use the latest molecular techniques to examine how the microbial communities interact with each other and their surrounding environment to form blooms and produce toxins and other harmful metabolites.

Such knowledge will inform risk assessment and provide strategies for the mitigation of future bloom events, improving the security of our increasingly valuable recycled water resources.

  • $247,000 for Professor Rosalind Smith and team to uncover the contents and scope of the extraordinary Emmerson Collection, a national treasure of over 5000 early modern rare books and manuscripts given to State Library Victoria in 2015. The Emmerson collection is the first and only early modern archive of scale to be held by an Australian institution, comparable to major international collections such as those held by the Bodleian library in Oxford and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

Bringing together experts in early modern studies and the digital humanities with specialist library staff, this project will uncover the contents and scope of the collection and promote its international scholarly significance to the wider world. In doing so, it will develop new digital tools designed to unlock the value of this unique national resource for a wide range of end-users, including scholars, teachers, students, creative content producers and the general public.

World renowned musician to take the stage with Newcastle’s best

Staff and students from the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries will take the stage with “one of the greatest musicians on the planet” as they support internationally acclaimed drummer David Jones this Tuesday night.

Hosted by the University’s Conservatorium of Music and The Lock Up, the community is invited to witness David in action, flanked by some of Newcastle’s best musicians.

Harnessing the strong connection between the University’s Creative Industries and real-world industry partners, David will also be delivering an enlightening workshop on Overcoming Performance Anxiety during his visit. 

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